Make sure to try the delicious hummingbird cupcake and handmade cannoli (Photo: SeaWorld Parks & Resorts)

Food for Thought

The sixth annual Food & Wine Festival begins this weekend at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. With some of the biggest names in music taking the stage every weekend and plenty of food and drinks to try, it's one of the best times to visit the park. With over 25 new menu items for 2020, along with more than 80 fine wines, craft brews and specialty cocktails, the pairings are endless—but the real standout dishes are the ones to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are this year's top treats to try at Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.

NEW! Hummingbird Cupcake
If you're looking for a treat at the festival, then the Sweet Sips food cabin should be your first stop. This is where you can find the brand new Hummingbird Cupcake. A classic southern staple, this traditional hummingbird cupcake is made with pineapple, banana and nuts, and topped with a heavenly cream cheese frosting.

NEW! Handmade Cannoli
Also found at the Sweet Sips cabin, the new Handmade Cannoli is a classic Italian style pastry filled with handmade cannoli cream, chocolate chips and pistachios. Pair this decadent dessert with a glass of Pinot Grigio for the complete Italian experience.

Bananas Foster Cheesecake
If you are a fan of Bananas Foster flavors you cannot miss this incredible dish from Nola Eats. This fan favorite is a sweet and smooth banana cheesecake served in a cup, made with infused bananas and a rich rum caramel sauce that's topped with whipped cream. It's firing on all cylinders when the rum and banana flavors come together in each and every bite.

Griddled Cheesecake Handheld
Another fan favorite, the returning Griddled Cheesecake Handheld is a can't-miss dish every year. This sweet and savory handheld should be at the top of everyone's must-try list. It's made of two pound cake slices with cream cheese filling between them, cooked on a griddle like a grilled cheese sandwich, and topped with a refreshing raspberry coulis. The griddle marks add a bit of savory to this delightfully sweet dish that will have your taste buds dancing.

NEW! Strawberry Shortcake Thrill Shake
Wash down all your tasty treats with this all-new, over-the-top strawberry shortcake milkshake from the Berry Nice cabin. This rich strawberry shake is topped with whipped cream, strawberry sauce, a fresh strawberry and a slice of pound cake. It's just what the doctor ordered when that Florida sun starts to shine. For any traditionalists out there, you can also get a classic Strawberry Shortcake here served with vanilla ice cream.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival keeps getting better each year, and you do not want to miss it. The event runs every weekend from February 29th through April 26th in 2020. Live entertainment and the evening concerts are included in general park admission. Be sure to get your theme park tickets right here for the best deals around.