Bier Fest is a new event debuting in 2018. According to the announcement on October 30, 2017, the traditions of Oktoberfest will come alive at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in August and September 2018. Beers from across the world and from local breweries will be featured in the event that is scheduled to run Saturdays and Sundays from August 25 to September 16. Traditional German dishes and festive music will also be featured as part of Bier Fest.
The original press release announced the event as Bierfest (one word). The web page for the event and the logo show the event as Bier Fest (two words).
On July 31, 2018, more details on the event were announced. The full lineup, featuring over 100 different beers from 65 breweries, and culinary menus from six booths were part of the update to the park’s website that day. Labor Day was added to the festival dates, and pre-sales of sampler lanyards and tastings also began on that day.
Food and beverage locations opened at noon on festival dates and remained open until park close. The over 100 different beers were rotated throughout the event, meaning not all would be available in any one single visit. Items at all of the food and beverage locations could be purchased using a festival sampler lanyard or a la carte. Beer size at the tents was 7 oz. and food items were appetizer-size portions.
Sampler lanyards were available for purchase online, at the Bier Fest Welcome Center, or at any Beer Fest beverage or food location. Prices were $29.99 for a 5-sampler lanyard and $49.99 for a 10-sampler lanyard. Annual pass members could receive a 10% discount on the 5-sampler lanyard, or receive an exclusive 12-sampler lanyard for the 10-sampler lanyard price ($49.99) with no additional discount.
In addition to the samplers, there were two different tastings available for $19.99 each – Bourbon Tasting with four samples or Sweet Wine Tasting with five Florida based samples. Guests could purchase access to both tastings for $29.99.
Additional details and images on Bier Fest will be added in the future.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay | Oct 30 2017 – accessed 1/11/2018
Twitter – @BuschGardens | Jul 31 2018 – accessed 8/3/2018
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay | Bier Fest – accessed 8/3/2018
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay | Samplers and Upgrades – accessed 8/3/2018