SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival
As diverse and scintillating as the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival that is going on right now, the second annual SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival offers multiple genres of delicious cuisines, but with a concentration of, you guessed it, seafood. Families with picky eaters are covered too, because plenty of meat and vegetarian dishes are also available.
Eat and drink your way around the world of international street-food traditions, and experience the nautical allure of SeaWorld and it’s fun rides, theaters, shops and interactive exhibits. Enjoy local craft beers and exciting new flavors as you explore the festival’s culinary marketplaces throughout the park. Plus, treat your family to live musical performances from top country, rock and Latin artists such as Daughtry, Hanson, Easton Corbin, America, the El Gran Combo and more.
Flavor for Foodies
While not happening daily (the festival runs Saturdays and Sundays only), entrance to the Seven Seas Food Festival is included in regular price admission to SeaWorld, so you can enjoy the park as usual, just with a tantalizing new dining experience thrown in.
Some of the featured international markets where you can dine include: Mexican, Caribbean, North Atlantic, Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast, German, Polynesian, Asian and Brazilian, as well as an All-American and a local Florida Market.
Dinner is Served with a Side of Aquatic Fun
How does Chicken & Sausage Gumbo sound? Fried Calamari with yuzu dipping sauce and pickled vegetables? New England Lobster Roll and a side order of bacon & cheddar hush puppies with honey butter? Or maybe Sea Scallops Provençal served with wild mushroom risotto? Yep, that gets my vote. Seafood so good it would make Arthur Treacher blush.
A less-evolved palate may require something simpler like, say, a New York Hot Dog Slider topped with chili, cheese, ketchup, and mustard. Or Braised Chicken Adobo with mole sauce, cheese and Mexican rice. So there really is something for everyone.
At the same time, experience the one-of-a-kind attractions, thrilling roller coasters (may want to ride before you eat) and up-close animal interactions. Family-friendly Dolphin Days, Pets Ahoy, Ocean Discover, and Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High (an audience interaction show) are all beloved by kids of all ages.
SeaWorld also offers animal experiences like Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin (Habitat), Dolphin Cove and even a dolphin nursery. There is also a manatee rehabilitation area, a working manatee rescue and rehabilitation facility where you can learn more about the plight of these vulnerable animals in the wild. It’s as educational as it is enjoyable for everyone.
And then there are the world-class roller coasters. From the family-friendly Flamingo paddle-boats to the rockin’ hyper coaster, Mako, named for the lightning-fast shark – Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster. SeaWorld is also home to one of the most popular roller coasters on the Orlando coaster scene. Kraken, the area’s only floorless roller coaster is themed after a mythological underwater beast unleashed from the depths of the sea. Your feet dangle as you travel in open-sided seats, riding about 65 mph to heights of more than 150 feet. It’s awesome…the only coaster I’ve been on in decades.
There’s hardly a better way to spend your weekend during Orlando’s best-weather season!
The SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival runs every Saturday and Sunday, now through April 15, 2018.