Celebrate Spring With The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

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Celebrate Spring With The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

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 are some of the main reasons why we happily made the move to Southern California. My husband wanted an outdoor lifestyle and we’re always looking for an active family adventure.

And one of our favorite family traditions at the start of the spring season is to visit Knott’s Berry Farm. This year, from May 20 to April 19, Knott’s is celebrating the flavorful berry that started it all: the boysenberry. Soon, The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival will be in full swing with a festive line up of entertainment and over 75 one-of-a-kind, boysenberry-inspired dishes.


This year, Knott’s Berry Farm commemorates its 100-year anniversary.


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Relive the History of the Boysenberry

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 blackberry. Their attempt resulted in the birth of the boysenberry.

Today, every boysenberry in the world can trace its roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm. Throughout the festival, guests have 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.

Taste Over 75 Boysenberry-Inspired Dishes

Purchasing a tasting card at the 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 Bobby and I loved the Boysenberry Wings. Who knew a boysenberry could harvest such a delectable taste in such an array of dishes?


An antique Model T was procured for display at the Berry Stand as a tribute to the original automobile the Knott family traveled to Buena Park in circa 1920.


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Step Into the Past

The setting is reminiscent of The Wild Wild West with cowboys on hand giving gun demonstrations. From morning to night, Ghost Town has festival-goers discovering the world of the boysenberry. You’ll see 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.

Get Up Close With Farm Animals

When we first went, we didn’t know what to expect when we entered the park. But with each turn of a corner, the fun continued until we landed at my children’s favorite, The Old MacDonald Petting Zoo. The children cozied up with the sweetest horses and cutest sheep. This was the perfect treat for our young ones—and let’s not forget the young at heart.


The Peanuts Playhouse is (supposedly) haunted, it’s rumored to have all sorts of bizarre (albeit mild) paranormal incidents reported by staff, like lights turning on and off, weird sounds and other classic ghosty stuff.


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Don’t Forget Snoopy and the Gang!

During the event, your family can also meet and greet the Easter Beagle as well as Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally and Linus. Camp Snoopy is the ideal final stop for our family. The music is perfect for the kids to sing along and once the sun sets your family can dance with DJ Cruz who knows how to turn the place up for this City Girl.

The Boysenberry Festival was an amazing experience and it’s a great way to start the spring season with the family. Definitely visit if you can, before the festival ends on April 19!


Knott’s Berry Farm’s Corkscrew was the first roller coaster in the world to do a full inversion (i.e., go upside-down). And it does it twice.


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