This past weekend was the kick-off of SeaWorld San Antonio's FOURTH Annual Seven Seas Food Festival! We absolutely love this event, and we're so excited that we've gotten to attend every single year and to watch it grow and succeed so much.
We're going to take you through a photo journey of our time at the opening weekend of this year's festival and share our thoughts on what you have to try, what you can skip, and everything in-between!
First thing's first! Buying a lanyard! You can purchase a 10 Sampler package for $45, a 15 Sampler package for $60, or the VIP Chef's Tasting Package for $65. And YES, you can use Season Pass discounts on these! Cha-Ching!
And don't forget to pick up your Seven Seas Festival Passport! This free guide through the booths allows you to get a stamp at each location you purchase a food/beverage at. When you've gotten a stamp from every booth, you get a free dessert!
Gulf of Mexico
So. Many. Tempting. Options!
Caribbean Punch (left) and Mexican Sunset (right)
I think we preferred the Sunset, but both were good, so if you can spare the lanyard punches- Get both!
Buffalo Chicken Tacos (Brittany's dream food item) and Green Chile Chicken Verde Tacos (Parker's dream food item).
How perfect is this??
Mexico also offers Tequila Tasting for an additional charge. The experience offers 4 tastings of different tequilas for $14.95, or $19.95 with a souvenir shot glass.
North Atlantic- France
Crepes on crepes on crepes on crepes!!!
France was a new booth added to the mix last year, and we immediately fell in love with it!
The crepes are amazing! We tried the Ham, Spinach, and Cheese, Berries and Cream, and Hazelnut and Jelly Crepes last year. This year we tried the new Boston Creme Pie (we miss you, S'Mores Crepe), and it might just be the best one yet!
*Parker would like the record to show that his favorite is the Hazelnut and Jelly Crepe.
France also added a new immediate favorite this year- Macarons!
A ranking of flavors:
Obviously, Parker's crazy!
Just like the Tequila experience in Mexico, SeaWorld also offers a Whiskey Tasting. This booth isn't really in a specific Seven Seas area, it's just in between France and Greece. There's also a Craft Beer stand right next to it, so I guess we can call this "Alcohol Area."
Neither of us are really Whiskey fans...but the employees were just so friendly and they really sold it! So we had no choice but to taste a bunch of whiskeys!
Aaaaand that's it. We can't tell you anything about whiskey other than- still not a fan.
In our very honest opinion, Greece really needs to step it up. The Lamb Burger used to be a favorite of ours in years past, but it's gone down hill. There also haven't been many changes to the booth other than those Greek Nachos (which are a direct rip off of EPCOT, by the way) and the new cocktail.
The new cocktail, Santorini Sunrise, was also not our favorite. To be fair we didn't know what Ouzo was before ordering it, but now that we do, we won't order it again. If you are also unfamiliar with the liquor, it has a strong black licorice taste. Be cautious!
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Italy really stepped it up this year! We'll add a photo of the menu in an edit later but for now here's the full menu:
Italian Meatball Slider
Three Cheese Polenta with Braised Beef & Wild Mushroom Sauce
Grilled Artisan Flatbread Pizzas
The meatball slider was okay. It looks better than it tasted, but we didn't even care because, once again, THE FLATBREADS!
The limoncello, like previous years, takes the cake for STRONGEST drink of the festival.
Such a pretty area.
The cutest little booth :)
Both of the cocktails, Caribbean Breeze and Jamaica Me Crazy, are really good! Try them both!
And SHOCKER- Parker loved the mac and cheese!
Jerk Pork White Cheddar - Mac
Pasta & white cheddar cheese mixed with spicy jerk pork topped with mixed cheddar cheese
Jerk Chicken with Rice & Gungo Peas
Traditional jerk spiced chicken drumettes, served over a bed of rice with gungo peas and a side of sweet jerk dipping sauce
Pacific Ocean- Japan
Japan is one of our favorite booths of the festival. It's one of the few stops that includes entertainment, and the food is really good as well!
The ribs are my favorite!
The new Chicken Gyoza were also a new favorite!
Spain is a great booth, as well! The tapas are all pretty good, and you can never go wrong with Sangria!
The charcuterie plate is a good size! And it's tasty!
The flank steak is an old favorite of ours.
We also really liked the cocktail "Porron con Garrabato"
The highly anticipated NEW booth of 2018! Hawaii! We love that SeaWorld added a new booth to the mix this year, and did a great job with the offerings!
The only downside to this experience was SW's poor planning.
I don't think they anticipated so much traffic to this booth on opening weekend because they ran out of a lot of stuff.
But, it just means we'll have to try some of the other options when we go back in the next few weeks.
SPAM fries with Red Chile-Garlic Dipping Sauce and Kalula Pork Slider with Grilled Pineapple Slaw
This was our first time trying SPAM and, honestly, it wasn't bad. Plus the dipping sauce was amazing! The pork slider was also very good. We'd get it again, for sure.
South Atlantic- Brazil
Admittedly, Brazil is not our favorite booth for food at the festival. But, there's just something about the area, decor, and entertainment that we can't help but love.
Choripan con Chimichurri- Basically Sausage on Bread with a side of sauce.
It wasn't great, but it was better without the bread.
The cheese and guava pastry! This one was good, we definitely need to try all of the pastries!
And there you have it!
A successful first trip to SeaWorld San Antonio's Seven Seas Food Festival!
The event runs on weekends from April 20-May 28, so you still have plenty of time to check it out!
Taste your way around the world and have a whale of a time!
Parker and Brittany Ruhmel- Lovers of all things food and theme park related!