Seaworld Seven Seas
at the Orlando park with an expanded menu celebrating two of Florida's most popular types of food: barbecue and Latin-inspired dishes.
Weekends now through April 15.
Like its sister park Busch Gardens, SeaWorld's spring festival also has a lineup of rock and pop acts spanning genres that are included with admission. Special seating for concerts and menu sampling packages are available for $19-$49. Three of the March dates have not yet been announced, but the lineup currently includes Huey Lewis and the News, Chris Young, Daughtry, Hanson and the Eli Young Band.
A dozen culinary markets offer various tastes, from Asian to Brazilian to the Pacific Coast, a German market with a schnitzel slider and an All-American market with hot dog sliders from Chicago, New York and Coney Island. One of the more popular food booths is the Florida market with shrimp and cheese grits, above, and conch fritters. A limited-time barbecue menu running now through March 25 has smokehouse meats and funnel cakes. A Latin-inspired menu March 31-April 15 includes mofongo with carne frita and some sweet and savory empanadillas.
Selections from local breweries and wineries include Coppertail Brewing (Tampa), Orlando Brewing, Lakeridge Winery (Clermont) and 3 Daughters Brewing (St. Petersburg). Cocktails range from sake to frozen sangria and a Jack Daniels Cowboy Punch.
The food and drink sampling lanyard is a good way to sip and savor through the festival. Available for eight or 15 items ($40-$60). Top off your food binge with a cool, tart key lime pie martini from the Florida market. It's not a drink, but a delightfully creamy and palate-cleansing dessert.
Festival and concerts are included with park admission, starting at $79.99. Food, drinks and packages sold separately. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworld.com.