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Busch Gardens plays around with turkey leg flavors for the holidays

Putting a twist on holiday flavors, Christmas Town will have turkey legs with cranberry-chipotle glaze and a pumpkin cider influence.
Busch Gardens is shaking up the flavors on its turkey legs for the holiday season. Flavors, from left, are Pumpkin Cider Glaze and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds; 
Maple and Ginger Glaze; and a Cranberry and Chipotle Glaze.
Busch Gardens is shaking up the flavors on its turkey legs for the holiday season. Flavors, from left, are Pumpkin Cider Glaze and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds; Maple and Ginger Glaze; and a Cranberry and Chipotle Glaze. [ Busch Gardens ]
Published Nov. 17, 2020
Updated Nov. 17, 2020

As you consider your turkey this year, you might steal some flavor ideas from the chefs at Busch Gardens.

Among the holiday food offerings this year for its Christmas Town celebration are turkey legs with cranberry and chipotle glaze and one with a pumpkin cider glaze that’s drizzled with toasted pumpkin seeds.

“Creating the Christmas Town menu for Busch Gardens each year gives our team the fun opportunity to offer traditional holiday flavors with a twist," said Brian Kilpatrick, vice president of culinary and merchandise operations at the Tampa theme park.

One of the turkey legs on the Christmas Town menu at Busch Gardens features a pumpkin cider glaze that is covered in toasted pumpkin seeds.
One of the turkey legs on the Christmas Town menu at Busch Gardens features a pumpkin cider glaze that is covered in toasted pumpkin seeds. [ Busch Gardens ]

One of the biggest goals when creating treats in a theme park, Kilpatrick said, is that they create “walkable and shareable dishes ... as they dash between our thrill rides and Christmas Town shows, so we’ve focused on transforming classic holiday feast ingredients into unique grab-and-go items.”

The three turkey leg flavors debuting this year are: a pumpkin cider glaze that is covered in toasted pumpkin seeds, a maple ginger glaze and a leg glazed in cranberry and chipotle.

In addition, other walkable foods this year will include a line-up of carved-meat sliders and festive flatbreads.

Christmas Town is open daily Nov. 20-Jan. 3 and is included with admission to Busch Gardens.