For the 50+ Traveler

Knott’s Berry Farms will welcome visitors to the Southern California amusement park Friday for the first time in a year, but not for the rides and attractions.

The Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival will take place on the Buena Park grounds, offering food and retail experiences for guests. More than 80 boysenberry-infused food and drink items will be part of the experience, while merchandise will be available throughout the grounds.

When Is The Festival?

The experience will run from March 5 to May 2 on select days. Hours will be noon to 9 p.m., except on Sundays when the park will close at 8 p.m. A calendar showing the days of operation is available on the park’s website.

All of the experiences will take place outdoors because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Guests will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks, except when they are eating and drinking.

Tasting cards, which also serve as tickets for entry, cost $45 for everyone age 12 and older. Children ages 3 to 11 can get a tasting card for $20. Regular cards include five food tastings during the event, while junior cards include three tastings.

Tasting cards must be purchased in advance, and the number available each day will be limited. Parking will be free with proof of a tasting card purchase.

The Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival is similar to an event being held across town at Disney California Adventure. A Touch of Disney begins March 18, allowing patrons to walk the grounds of the park, experience a variety of food and drinks, and shop in some of the retail establishments. It carries a $75 price tag.

Brisket tator tots.

What’s On The Knott’s Menu?

The Knott’s Berry Farms event will feature a range of menu options. Ghost Town’s specialties will include boysenberry brisket tater tots topped with crispy jalapeno chips and a boysenberry aioli sauce and boysenberry bread pudding with a creme anglaise.

Fiesta Village will feature Mexican-inspired choices, such as a tamale with boysenberry raja sauce over Spanish rice.

Memory Lane will include slices of boysenberry barbecue carne asada pizza with cilantro and onions, or for the sweet tooth, a chocolate chip pizza slice with boysenberry ice cream.

If those don’t suit your tastes, a few regular menu items will be available at locations around the park.

Churros on a plate.

Park Hiring 1,700 People

The boysenberry festival is the park’s way of gearing up for an anticipated opening sometime in the near future. In anticipation of that happening, the park is hosting a job fair on March 13 to fill up to 1,700 positions.

The virtual event will be looking for people to fill spots all over the park, from ride operators to food and beverage associates to housekeeping staff and lifeguards.

“As our community slowly reopens, we’re excited to introduce a virtual hiring day which offers a safe and informative way to connect new prospects with our hiring teams now,” Jon Storbeck, Knott’s general manager, said in a statement.

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