Boysenberry Festival 2017 Review

Every April, Knott’s hosts the popular Boysenberry Festival in Ghost Town! They have a wide selection of food options that involve boysenberries! There are always a few weird items every year and this year is no exception! We got our tasting card and are ready to review this year’s six tasting card items!


Going off of the order on the card, we got the meatballs first. These were a great way to kick off the festival! Still one of my favorite items available on the card! The meatballs are covered in their boysenberry BBQ sauce. The sauce is like a very sweet BBQ sauce. With the sauce on the meatballs, it created a sweet and savory flavor! The mix of the two was perfect!



The boysenberry frybread was our next item! It tastes very similar to the park’s year round boysenberry churro. If you’ve had their churros before, you know what to expect. Just like the churro, it is amazing. I would not recommend eating it by holding on to the paper they give you or you’ll have boysenberry all over your face. I took it out of the paper and held back corner of it and had zero problems.



Next were the wings! The wings were covered in boysenberry BBQ sauce and were cooked perfectly. The meat was falling off of the bones. The wings are similar to cranberry wings, but they’re more sweet! This was by far the most messy meal. They have napkins at the booth, so make sure to take a lot!



Okay, you knew there had to be a weird one. This year’s new addition is the boysenberry ravioli! From what I was hearing, it wasn’t very good. I say otherwise though. It’s definitely weird, but it takes pretty good. I thought the actual pasta part was flavored with boysenberry due to its purple color, but it’s actually the filling inside. The pasta is just pasta and the inside is something boysenberry. Not quite sure what it was as it looked more like a gel. Not quite as runny as jam.

The sauce that the ravioli is in was really good! It was like a creamy alfredo sauce. We asked the employees handing out the food if they knew what the sauce was and they said it was a “white boysenberry sauce.” It definitely wasn’t boysenberry, it was alfredo. The sauce with the sweet boysenberry inside was different, but not bad. Interesting mix. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t fantastic either. Just good.



The panna cotta is like greek yogurt. It was by far the lightest of the items. It also didn’t scream boysenberry. It was boysenberry, but I could have mistaken it for blueberry. It was a good change in pace, but did lack the flavor I expected.



Oh yeah, there was one more weird item this year! Boysenberry pizza! Yep, that’s a thing. This is probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever tried. I really don’t know what to say. It’s so odd that I don’t really have too much of an opinion on it. It’s actually pretty good, but some parts of it, I’m really unsure about. The only thing I didn’t like at all about it was the added walnuts. They didn’t go with it at all. The rest of it, I have an unsure opinion on. The boysenberry spread on it was good, but I really don’t know how to describe it. It had some goat cheese on it, but not enough to alter or overpower the boysenberry. There was some boysenberry sauce dribbled on it which didn’t really do anything. Seemed more for show.

Overall, I’ll give it a high score, because it was good, but not a perfect score good. I can’t really describe it. I have no real opinion on the taste, just that it was overall good. That’s really all I can say about it. It’s good. Try it.


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