SeaWorld has started using food as bait to save the troubled company from floundering attendance, and this fall it will put some craft beer on the hook. Its nearby Aquatica water park is also adding Latin flavors to the mix in September.
The park has had some hard times financially. But since it added more culinary booths and food offerings in the second year of its spring Seven Seas Food Festival earlier this year, SeaWorld drew raves. There were 35 food and beverage kiosks that came with a side dish of free concerts by the likes of Hanson and Daughtry. The park ended up extending the festival by two weekends.
Now, a brand-new Craft Beer Festival is coming weekends Nov. 3-11 and though details are still being worked out, here’s what we know:
SEAWORLD CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
WHAT’S ON THE MENU
With craft beer as the star, food items have been paired with diverse beer offerings. Expect buffalo burger quesadillas, fish and chips and beer brats.
WHAT’S ON TAP
While the park has not announced the full beer lineup, plans are to feature more than 100 beers.
Sampling lanyards can bring a selection down to $4 to $6 each, though prices haven’t been announced yet. Most veteran parkgoers find a better value by using these sampling passes on food, which comes in generous, sharable portions, rather than on drinks.
MAKE A RESERVATION
Running over two weekends Nov. 3-11, the festival opens when the park does at 9 a.m. Single-day tickets start at $79.99 and there are numerous packages and deals online. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. (407) 545-5550. seaworldorlando.com.
The new Latin-inspired party at Seaworld’s Aquatica water park will take place every day in September, included with park admission ($39.99-$64.99).
WHAT’S ON TAP
Latin beats will play every day, and the weekends bring DJs and energetic entertainers on Aquatica’s beaches. Special menu items include pinchos with pigeon peas, arepas, empanadas, bacalaítos, fish tacos, tripleta and snow cones with Latin flavors. Mixed drinks and sangria will also be in specialty food stations and restaurants.
Save $25 when you buy online one day in advance on a single-day ticket ($39.99). Add all-day dining to eat all day for $10 more. aquatica.com.