2017 California’s Great America Winterfest Food Guide

Welcome to the second annual Winterfest at the amusement park that started it all, California’s Great America! Not only do you get to experience millions of Christmas lights, decorations and live entertainment, but guests also get one last chance for the year to ride favorite attractions like Goldstriker, Patriot, and Flight Deck! See complete list of California’s Great America Winterfest attractions.

Of course, we are partial to all the amazing specialty food that is offered exclusively during Winterfest! Chef Erick Ponce and team have once again created some spectacular treat to get guests in the holiday spirit.

Not only are we really elated to experience Winterfest at California’s Great America, but we think everyone will be really excited to see the specialty menu items available throughout the park! Below are the seasonal menu items you will find at the chosen location. Some stands will still offer some of their regular menu items, while others will be replaced with the Winterfest selection.

11 Pipers Piping Pizza () Dining Plan accepted at this location

American Corners Christmas Café (American Cafe) Dining Plan accepted at this location

Serving traditional turkey or ham dinner, which includes mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a California winter vegetable mix.

Candy Cane Concoctions (Coca-Cola Polar Plaza)

Cocina de Navidad– () Dining Plan accepted at this location
Traditional pork tamales with classic red chili
Pozole and menudo
Sourdough bread bowls with poblano corn chowder or Bay Area clam chowder
Fish tacos
Fish and chips

Bunuelos, a fried holiday treat
Champurrado, traditional Mexican hot chocolate thickened with masa

Cool Corn (Popcorn cart in Celebration Plaza)

Maggie Brown’s Festive Dinner (Maggie’s Smokehouse and Fried Chicken) Dining Plan accepted at this location

Serving normal menu items or a traditional turkey or ham dinner, which includes mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a California winter vegetable mix.

Railblazer Chili in a bread bowl

Prancer’s Pizza (Pizza Orleans) Dining Plan accepted at this location

Sally’s Festive Funnel Cakes (Sally’s Sweet Treats)

Serving candy cane funnel cakes, peppermint soft serve ice cream, deep-fried peppermint Oreos, deep-fried banana bites with dipping sauce, or gourmet hot chocolate—served with a mini-donut, toasted marshmallows and whipped cream.

2017 California's Great America gourmet hot chocolate, mini-donut, toasted marshmallows whipped cream

Spike’s Cheery Churros (Spike’s Churro Factory)

Sugar Plum Sweets (Silly Sours and Sweets)

Toy Town Treats (Great American Pizza Company)

Serving cinnamon pull-apart bread, cinnamon rolls smothered in warm spices holiday cookies, gourmet hot chocolate—served with a mini-donut, toasted marshmallows and whipped cream!

WinterFEAST (Great America Pavilion building)
Served daily from 5:00-7:00 pm, all-you-can-eat holiday meal includes roasted turkey with festive dressing, fried chicken, baked ham, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, vegetarian baked pasta, tossed salad, dessert squares, Christmas cookies and unlimited fountain drinks. $16.49 per person.

Yule Time (Game Day Sports Bar) Dining Plan accepted at this location

Also available will be the following franchise locations.

Joe Cool Café (accepts Dining Plan) Serving turkey Leg with a side of fries, bacon wrapped Hot Dog
Auntie Anne’s
Subway (accepts Dining Plan)
Panda Express (accepts Dining Plan)
Sally’s Festive Funnel Cakes, proudly serving Starbucks
Planet Snoopy Snack Shack (accepts Dining Plan)

California’s Great America will bring back the 2017 Winterfest Souvenir Mug for $10.99 which includes free refills on the first day of your visit of hot chocolate and $1 refills on subsequent visits.

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©California’s Great America

Winterfest Souvenir Mug Refill stations will be located at:

TBD

Note, only 2017 All-Season Dining Plans will be accepted during Winterfest. Stay tuned for which menu items will be included. Winterfest Single Meal Deals will also be available for $14.29. 2017 All-Season Souvenir Bottles and Season Pass Drink Plans will be accepted during Winterfest.

References:
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Attractions
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Food Guide
2017 Carowinds Winterfest Attractions
2017 Carowinds Winterfest Food Guide
2017 California’s Great America Winterfest Attractions

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2017 Carowinds Winterfest Food Guide

Visiting Cedar Fair amusement parks this Holiday season should be on everyone’s to-do list! In 2016, California’s Great America debuted Winterfest, a seasonal celebration of shows, rides, and specialty food offerings. This gave Cedar Fair two extended season events when you factor in #MerryFarm during the year round operating Knott’s Berry Farm.

Everyone was very excited and hopeful that Winterfest would be rolled out to other Cedar Fair parks, and thankfully, we have been blessed with the 2017 debut of the event at Carowinds, Kings Island, and Worlds of Fun!

For a complete list of entertainment, rides and additional information, see our 2017 Carowinds Winterfest Attractions list.

Not only are we really elated to experience Winterfest at Carowinds, but we think everyone will be really excited to see the specialty menu items available throughout the park!

Below are the seasonal menu items you will find at the chosen location. Some stands will still offer some of their regular menu items, while others will be replaced with the Winterfest selection.

Blitzen’s Fixings (Celebration Plaza/Burrito Café): Holiday Pizza, Hot Chocolate

Candy Cane Sugar Shack (Celebration Plaza): Gingerbread Cookies, Pumpkin Bundt Cake, Hot Chocolate

County Fair Christmas Cakes (County Fair): Ginger Bread Funnel Cake with Egg Nog Topping, Chocolate Peppermint Funnel Cake

171103 Carowinds Winterfest Gingerbread Funnel Cake ©Kris Siuta

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Dancer’s Snack Shack (Planet Snoopy/Snack Shack): Three Cheese Mac & Cheese, Buffalo Chicken and Bleu Mac & Cheese, Double Pork (bacon, pulled) Mac & Cheese, Oreo Churros, Fried Cheesecake Bites

171103 Carowinds Winterfest Buffalo Chicken and Bleu Mac & Cheese ©Kris Siuta

Buffalo Chicken and Bleu Mac & Cheese ©Kris Siuta

Dasher’s Diner(County Fair/Wings): Cranberry Glazed Wings, Roast Beast Burger, Chef Kris Kringle’s Fried Turkey Sandwich, Hot Chocolate

171102 Carowinds Winterfest Fried Turkey Sandwich ©Kris Siuta

Fried Turkey Sandwich ©Kris Siuta

Holiday Hall (Harmony Hall): Lasagna, Carved Smoked Turkey, Carved Honey Ham, Mashed Yukon Gold, Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Cranberry Salad, Stuffing, Turducken Burger, Pumpkin Soup, Chili Bread Bowl, Potato Soup, Butternut squash Soup, Hot Chocolate

Prancer’s Pizza (Celebration Plaza/Papa Luigi’s): Stromboli

Sally’s Festive Funnel Cakes (Celebration Plaza/Funnel Cake Emporium): Ginger Bread Funnel Cake with Egg Nog Topping, Chocolate Peppermint Funnel Cake

Spike’s Cheery Churros (Planet Snoopy/Joe Cool Kiosk): Hot Chocolate

Sugar Plum’s Fairy (County Fair/Fair Fries): Fried Twinkies

Sugar’s Cake Factory (Planet Snoopy/South Gate Funnel Cake): Ginger Bread Funnel Cake with Egg Nog Topping, Chocolate Peppermint Funnel Cake

Tinker’s Dessert Hut(Celebration Plaza): Cinnamon pull apart bread, Hot Chocolate

Turkey Lurkey’s (Celebration Plaza/Intimidator Kiosk): Jumbo turkey legs, hot chocolate.

Also available will be the following franchise locations.

Auntie Anne’s
Chickie’s & Pete’s
Cinnabon
Panda Express
Starbucks
Sweet Frog

Carowinds will debut a 2017 Winterfest Souvenir Mug for $10.99 which includes free refills on the first day of your visit of hot chocolate and $1 refills on subsequent visits.

Note, 2017 Carowinds Gold & Platinum (All parks) All-Season Dining Plans will be accepted during Winterfest. Stay tuned for which menu items will be included. Winterfest Single Meal Deals will also be available for $13.99. 2017 All-Season Souvenir Bottles and Season Pass Drink Plans will be accepted during Winterfest.

You may also enjoy the following references:
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Food Guide
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Attractions Guide

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Review: Cedar Point’s Bay Harbor Escargot

150731 Cedar Point's Bay Harbor Escargot

One of the delicacies that are getting harder to find outside of a fine French restaurant is escargot. During a date night to Cedar Point, we elected to stop into Bay Harbor, Cedar Point’s lakefront fine dining establishment for some drinks and appetizers.

For $12, guests receive a tray of six (6) escargot served in a Garlic Shallot Butter with a Cheese Baguette.

We strongly suggest you also get the basket of bread and flavored butters, as you will want the extra bread to dip into the butter after the escargot are gone.

We loved the Bay Harbor escargot, though understand they are more of a delicacy that not everyone will enjoy or want to try. For the adventuresome eater, the escargot provide a nice appetizer to kick off your evening.

One of the other items on the menu is the signature drink named after the Raptor! The drink features Smirnoff Silver Vodka, Bacardi Light Rum, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice, Sprite.

150731 Cedar Point Bay Harbor Raptor Cocktail

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