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Celebrate Spring With The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

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Whether on the brisk East Coast or sunny West Coast, spring has always been the season of growth, fresh blooms and warmer temperatures. The sunshine and outdoor fun is one of the main reasons why we happily made the move to Southern California. My husband wanted an outdoor lifestyle and is always looking for an active family adventure.

We decided to celebrate the start of the spring season with a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm. For the first 23 days of April, Knott’s is celebrating the flavorful berry that started it all: the boysenberry. The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is in full swing with a festive line up of entertainment and over 70 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes.

Located in Buena Park, California, Knott’s offers 20 acres of family fun. During the 1920’s Walter and Cordelia Knott harvested a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and a black berry. Their attempt resulted in the birth of the boysenberry. Today, every boysenberry in the world can be trace its roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm.

The setting was reminiscent of The Wild Wild West with cowboys on hand giving gun demonstrations. Throughout the festival, guests had the opportunity to purchase an array of boysenberry inspired products. From their signature Boysenberry Snoopy to their lip balm, they definitely thought of it all.

Purchasing a tasting card at this year’s festival is a sure way to go. We were able to use our cards to try generous portions of six signature items including: Boysenberry Pizza, Boysenberry Ravioli, Boysenberry Buffalo Wings, Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs, Boysenberry Fry Bread, and Boysenberry Panna Cotta. The kids’ favorite was the meatballs, while us adults loved the Boysenberry Wings. Who knew a boysenberry could harvest such a delectable taste in such an array of dishes?


From morning to night, Ghost Town has festival-goers discovering the world of the boysenberry through various demonstrations including glass blowing, wood sculpting and feature films. One must-try experience is the horse and carriage. On our ride we got the chance to see Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree, as well as the many rides and toe-tapping hillbillies gracing the streets.

We didn’t know what to expect when we entered the park. With each turn of a corner the fun continued and we landed at my children’s favorite, The Old MacDonald Petting Zoo. The children were invited to cozy up with the sweetest horses and cutest sheep. This was the perfect treat for our young ones—and lets not forget the young at heart.


For a limited time, your family can also meet and greet the Easter Beagle as well as Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally and Linus. Camp Snoopy was the ideal final stop for our family. The music was perfect for the kids to sing along, and once the sun sets your family can dance with DJ cruz who knew how to turn the place up for this City Girl.

The Boysenberry Festival was an amazing experience and a great way to start the spring season with the family. Definitely visit if you can, before the festival ends on April 23rd. Daily hours are from 10 AM to 10 PM and you can purchase your tickets here.

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