2017 Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival

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Everyone’s favorite time of year is back again! The Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival returns April 1 to 23, 2017 and offers even more boysenberry goodness than ever before!

This year over 80 unique boysenberry inspired food and beverage options will be available for guests to try throughout Ghost Town!

The year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the community of Buena Park California to farm 20 acres of rented land which included harvesting, and selling the first boysenberry, a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry, and named the new berry after its originator, Rudolph Boysen. Today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm.

Lets take a look at the lineup on menu options for 2017!

The Bank of Calico Stand
– Marinated Boysenberry Meatball on a Stick with Boysenberry BBQ Sauce

Calico Fry
– Deep Fried Alligator & Fries with Boysenberry Aioli

Churro Factory
– Boysenberry Stuffed Churro
– Boysenberry Churro Sundae with Boysenberry Ice Cream
– Boysenberry Fry Bread *New For 2017*

Cordelia’s Pie Kitchen
– Build-Your-Own Mini Boysenberry Pies

Fireman’s BBQ
– Boysenberry & Apricot Pulled Pork Sandwich in a Boysenberry Bun Combo
– Boysenberry Butter, Boysenberry Relish & Boyenberry Mayonaise Toppings
– Choice of Boysenberry BBQ Sauce on any regular menu items (i.e. Chicken, Ribs, Flank Steak Sandwich)

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Boysenberry BBQ Ribs ©Knott’s

Ghost Town Bakery
– Boysenberry Pie (Slices and Whole Pies)
– Boysenberry Tart
– Boysenberry Turnovers
– Boysenberry Cheesecake
– Boysenberry Panna Cotta with Almond Crumble
– Boysenberry Triffle

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Ghost Town Grill
– Boysenberry Salad
– The “Walter Knott” (Ice Tea & Boysenberry Punch)
– Boysenberry Milkshake
– Boysenberry Ice Cream
– Boysenberry Pie
– Boysenberry Cheesecake
– Boysenberry Wine

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Ghost Town Grub
– Fun Bun: Fried Cinamon Roll with Boysenberry Cream Cheese Topping
– Fun Stick: Fried Cheesecake on a Stick with Boysenberry Sauce
– Boysenberry Flautas

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Fun Bun, Boysenberry Dessert Flautas, Boysenberry BBQ Wings, Boysenberry Pie ©Knott’s

Gourmet Coffee Hut
– Boysenberry Latte
– Assorted Boysenberry Pasteries

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Boysenberry Latte

ICEE Mix-It-Up
– Boysenberry ICEE
– Boysenberry ICEE Floats
– Boysenberry ice cream cones
– Boysenberry Cookiewich Sandwich

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Judge Roy Bean
– Boysenberry Cream Soda *New for 2017*

Pemmican Pickle & Popcorn Cart
– Boysenberry Cotton Candy

Spurs Chop House
– Boysenberry Short Ribs over Rice
– Boysenberry Ravioli *New For 2017*
– Chocolate Covered Boysenberry Cheesecake on a stick *New For 2017*
– Boysenberry Nutella Crepes *New For 2017*

Spurs Patio
– Boysenberry Beer
– Boysenberry Wine

Sutter’s Grill Stand & Roaster
– Boysenberry BBQ Wings
– Corn on the Cobb with Boysenberry Butter and Boysenberry Mayonnaise

Wagon Wheel Pizza
– Boysenberry Pizza made with arugula and goat cheese

The #BoysenberryFestival also allows guests to try 4 craft brews and over 50 different wines from 36 producers including boysenberry beer and boysenberry wine inside Ghost Town’s Wilderness Dance Hall.

Admission to the boysenberry festival is included with admission. However, there is an additional charge for all food and beverage.

Guests can save by purchasing a Tasting Card for $25. The tasting card includes generous portions of six items:
– Boysenberry Pizza at Wagon Wheel Pizza
– Boysenberry Ravioli at Spurs Chophouse
– Boysenberry Buffalo Wings at the Gold Trails Hotel
– Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs at the Bank of Calico
– Boysenberry Fry Bread at the Gourmet Churro Factory
– Boysenberry Pana Cotta at the Ghost Town Bakery

The Boysenberry Festvival Tasting Card can be purchased at Sutters Grill, Pemmican Pickle, the Calico Saloon, the Churro Factory, the Berry Stand at the entrance of Ghost Town, the Ghost Town Bakery and at the Gold Trails Hotel.

Boysenberry Festival Entertainment and More

In addition, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival also features an extensive line up of live entertainment. Join Snoopy, Charlie and the entire Peanuts gang as they present an all new interactive, musical revue called Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree! at the Calico Mine Stage. This new show will have families singing, dancing, and playing along with the beloved Peanuts characters and talented performers during the whimsical, high energy celebration of springtime. Country music and the aroma of deliciously good food will fill the air as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in a fun, musical performance at the Firemen’s BBQ stage. Just across the Fireman’s stage, the Legendary Bird Cage Theatre pays tribute to Knott’s past; for the first time in over 20 years, the theatre will be the home of musical comedy melodrama, with a special presentation of the Old Time Melodrama. America’s longest running Melodrama returns with an original, interactive, comedy with a surprising boysenberry twist! In the evening, a group of krazy talented performers will have guests kicking up their heels with vine dancing, a down home jug band and dueling fiddlers and banjos! At the Wagon Camp stage, get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies mount their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, gut-bustin’ country comedy show that will have audiences clamoring for more!

Guests can purchase boysenberry inspired products throughout the winding streets of the Old West at the Crafts Fair. This year’s boysenberry products include boysenberry soap, lip balm and the devilishly good rock candy. Festivalgoers can also watch special demonstrations including a chainsaw wood sculpting, glass blowing and blacksmithing. From day to night, Ghost Town has never looked so lively.

The fun continues with new additions exclusively for the Boysenberry Festival. Brand new this season, The Old MacDonald Petting Zoo pays tribute to one of Knott’s original attractions. Young ones and young at heart are invited to cozy up to the cutest critters on the farm including horses, sheep, goats and other furry friends.

Knott’s will have extended hours, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, from April 1 to April 23, allowing guests extra time to take advantage of all of the limited-time offerings.

Join the conversation and share your day of boysenberry fun by using #BoysenberryFestival on Twitter and Instagram. For information about the day you plan to visit and available discounts, visit www.knotts.com, or download the newly updated Knott’s Berry Farm mobile app for your smartphone.

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Top Amusement Park Blogs (4th Qtr 2016)

Top Amusement Park Blogs

There is a lot of noise out there when it comes to amusement park blogs. Many, many people decide they want to venture into this space, only to lose motivation. The amount of sites that regularly maintain websites is few and far between, while the number of social media only accounts grows at a staggering pace.

So we decided to start a best of the best when it comes to amusement park blogs. We reached out to the larger sites to submit their Google Analytics data to compare how each of us does relative to each other. While there are several different ways to equally compare the sites, such as Alexa scores, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, estimated traffic, inbound Google links, etc., Google Analytics is a consistent option that can not as easily be manipulated.

Below is a list of the top amusement park blogs for the 4th quarter (October — December) of 2016 ranked by visitor traffic (Users).

Our intention is to create the most accurate list of the most popular amusement park blogs. Therefore, this list is based solely on the number of unique visitors an amusement park blog receives. Our goal is to grow this list each quarter as a fun way to compare sites and reward those who strive for excellence on their websites!

  1. Coaster101 (Twitter)(Facebook)
  2. Coaster Nation (Twitter)(Facebook)
  3. ThrillGeek (Twitter)(Facebook)
  4. CPFoodBlog (Twitter)(Facebook)
  5. Carowinds Connection (Twitter)(Facebook)
  6. CPfansite (Twitter)(Facebook)

Methodology

We reached out to a large sampling of amusement park bloggers and asked that they provide us with a screenshot of their Google Analytics page reflecting their site’s visitor statistics over the most recent quarter. The reasoning behind this method was that we wanted to obtain a rolling average to compensate for monthly spikes that may have occurred. Further, utilizing Google Analytics as the uniform measure of traffic helped to ensure uniformity of data across all sampling.

Only those site owners that submitted their statistics were included for consideration in the rankings. Those that did not submit were not considered. Further, in an effort to maximize the number of participants and to protect specific traffic numbers that some site owners regard as sensitive and private, we agreed to keep all specific data confidential and not include those numbers in the rankings.

Why This Metric?

Simple, it is the most accurate, best picture of a site’s traffic. Alexa is not very accurate and can be easily manipulated. Inbound links are a great sign of SEO, but because a site does well with Google does not mean it has a lot of visitors. Twitter followers or Facebook likes are great, but that does not necessarily translate into site readers.

Unique visitors is the one metric that most accurately reflects a site’s readership.

Who Cares?

We understand that just because a site gets a high number of unique visitors does not mean it is the highest quality site. There are plenty of excellently written, well-designed, engaging sites that may not have high traffic numbers.

Our intention was not to create a list of the best, or the most useful, or the most professional amusement park themed blogs. We simply wanted to create the most accurate list of the most visited websites.

We hope this list will serve as a useful guide and a good starting point for guests and readers around the world looking to explore the amusement park blogging community, and expose them to some great sites that they otherwise may not be reading.

If you are an amusement park related blogger who would like to be considered for inclusion in the 2017 1st quarter list, please use our Contact Us form to discuss future list submissions.

Review: Bay Harbor Chicken Parmesan

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One of our family’s favorite nights to visit Cedar Point’s Bay Harbor is during the off-season when they offer $15 pasta meals on Wednesday evenings.

Guests get the chance to try favorites like Pasta Pomodoro, Chicken Carbonara, Cajun Shrimp Alfredo, Chicken Picatta, Chicken Parmesan, Lobster Fettucini, or Seafood Pesto as part of the special menu.

A garden or Caesar salad is an additional $5, and house wines are $5 per glass.

On our previous Pasta Night visits, having tried the majority of the options, we thought the Chicken Parmesan stood out as a favorite. So we opted to try it again.

The dish is served with a Parmesan crusted chicken breast topped with housemade marinara sauce, served with linguini pasta.

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The first thing we immediately noticed with this years Chicken Parmesan was the size of the meal. In the past, the dish included two pieces of chicken and a hefty size portion of pasta that filled the plate. Now the meal includes a single chicken breast and smaller portion of pasta, one that awkwardly leaves the plate looking empty.

The meal is also served with a piece of garlic bread topped with melted cheese. The bread is REALLY good with the meal, but we again noted it was substantially smaller than our previous visits and was a bit soggy.

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Despite the portion size, the Bay Harbor Chicken Parmesan was still good, though not as memorable as previous visits. All the more reason to try some of the other menu items on our next visit!

Let us know below in the comments if you have tried the Chicken Parmesan and your thoughts.

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