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As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida's theme parks

By Chelsea Tatham
By Sharon Kennedy Wynne
FOR FUTURE FILE USE SP_337683_CERR_green_3 (04/30/11, St. Petersburg) A patron walks by the garden baskets at the Colorfield Farms booth Saturday at the Green Thumb Festival in St. Petersburg. The 25th annual plant and landscape festival celebrates Arbor Day and Earth Day with flowering plants, trees, orchids, herbs, garden art for sale, soil and water testing, tool sharpening, horticulture exhibits, recycling, and more. Free. The Festival continues Sunday at Walter Fuller Park & Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7441. www.stpete.org/parks/greenthumb.asp. [LARA CERRI, Times]

Can you feel it? The air is gradually thickening with humidity and the layers of clothes are getting thinner.

Spring has almost sprung and with it brings a bumper crop of festivals in Florida’s theme parks full of food, wine, concerts and parades. The parties draw crowds to parks during a typically slow time of year. The weather is still pleasant for the most part, but keep that sunscreen on hand.

Read on for a guide to the elaborate foods, pop star concerts and special events planned at Busch Gardens, Epcot, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando, as well as a look ahead to the big spring festivals coming to Tampa Bay.

BUSCH GARDENS: Food, concert menu sharper for Food and Wine Festival’s fourth year

EPCOT: What to expect at International Flower and Garden Festival

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS: What to expect at Mardi Gras party of parades, food and pop concerts

SEAWORLD: Food, concerts are the bait for Seven Seas Food Festival

ACROSS TAMPA BAY: Green Thumb, Flamingo and more spring festivals coming to Tampa Bay this spring.