2016 Wildwater Kingdom Opening Weekend Food Specials

160527 Wildwater Kingdom $0.50 Toft's Ice Cream

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Wildwater Kingdom opens up their gates for the 2016 season over Memorial Day weekend, and to celebrate, they are offering some food specials.

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, guests can purchase $0.50 cups of Toft’s ice cream while supplies last from the Coconut Cove, Lemonade, and, Snocone stands, while supplies last.

On Sunday, May 29, 2016, guests can get $1 hot dogs.

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Review 2016 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Food

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ

The 2016 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ event is underway everyday through June 12. The event starts at 5:00 pm and runs until 10:00 pm, with season passholders getting in at 4:00.

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Here is the quick rundown of tips.

1) Buy tickets in advance of the day of your visit if you are a season passholder, as you save $10 per ticket.
2) Season passholders, upon checking into the event, will receive a bonus ticket redeemable for a glass of the Brew Kettle Valravn beer.
3) Each paying guest will receive 15 tickets good for either drinks OR food. Beverages include hundreds of different beers or Coca-Cola products at the Round-Up.
4) Guests receive a mini Brew & BBQ mug for sampling throughout the event.

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Tickets

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Valravn Beer

Ticket redemption work as follows:

– One beverage ticket = One sample of beer or one 12oz Coca-Cola fountain beverage
– Three beverage tickets = One 12oz beer
– One food ticket = One sample of food
– Three food tickets = Full plate of food

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Beer Sample

The great news is just like last year, your tickets can be used how you want and are not limited to only food or only beer tickets. Therefore, if you want 15 samples of food, you can do so.

The Cedar Point Brew & BBQ this year is located in the Maverick Midway between the General Store and the train station. Beer vendors have tents set up throughout the area. New food booths have been constructed and will be used for other events throughout the season.

Guests seemed to have mixed reviews of whether they liked the new location versus the Lakeside Pavilion last year. Personally, we much prefer the atmosphere of this years event. Being within the Frontier Trail district, the theme was more appropriate and had more of a festival feel.

Last years event was strictly limited to paying guests (and their kids). However, this year with the event out in the park, guests are free to come into the area as they choose. The other benefit is that if only one member of your family wanted to take part, they could, and even share some of the food with their family.

So now onto the food! We opted to get sample size (1 ticket) of each of the menu items. Unlike last year, it was a matter of portion size between the sample size and full platter. Last year the guest received the meat option, but if they wanted the side dishes, they had to order a full plate. This year, there really is not much of side options. Therefore, if you order a sample of say the pulled pork sliders with southern slaw, you got 1 slider for 1 ticket, or 3 sliders for 3 tickets. For some items, like the nachos, the portion size was not that much different, and thus we ordered two sample portions instead of the one full size plate.

We foresee the portion sizes being more moderated as the event goes on to better align with 1 versus 3 tickets.

Taste of Carolina

Pulled pork sliders and Southern slaw

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Pulled Pork with Slaw

Let’s start off by saying Executive Chef Phil Bucco really knows how to do BBQ! All of the meats during the event were fantastic! The pulled pork with slaw was great. Our suggestion would be to find a more solid bun and/or less runny slaw. The liquid from the sandwich pretty much dissolved the bread even before picking it up. Or as an alternate, we would love to see the meat and slaw served without a bun like they were done for the Banshee Brew fest.

Pulled chicken with candied jalapenos

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Pulled Chicken with Candied Jalapenos

We like spicy, and the candied jalapenos worked very well with the chicken. The BBQ sauces served with both were also really good!

Texas BBQ

Sliced brisket on Texas toast with rich & sassy barbeque sauce

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Sliced Brisket

Several slices of brisket were served open face on a piece of Texas toast and then covered with BBQ sauce. The brisket was fantastic, and we loved the long slices with sauce. Maybe we are too partial to the homemade Texas toast from Kings Island’s Chicken Shack, but the Cedar Point version was overdone and the same as the version you can buy at the store, not that it is a bad thing.

We tried picking up the bread and eating it with the meat, which was a messy mistake. It is much better enjoyed with a knife and fork.

Barbeque carnitas nachos with creamy cheddar, black beans, pickled jalapenos and sour cream

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Carnitas Nachos

Just like last year, the nachos were the disappointing option of the event, though given the longest line of the night, the most popular. The quality of the nacho chips is poor at best. Then pair it with the cheap nacho sauce and it is an underwhelming option.

The saving grace was the carnitas which were excellent. In addition to a better chip, we would much rather see the nachos served with sprinkled cheese and topped with some of the amazing BBQ sauces, as we found ourselves stealing some of the sauce from our brisket sandwich.

Memphis BBQ

A barbeque pork shoulder sandwich with coleslaw and smoky barbeque sauce

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Pork Shoulder with Slaw

The BBQ pork shoulder was another excellent option with a creamy coleslaw. Very tasty, but with the same suggestion of skipping the bun or going light on the slaw so it does not create a soggy concoction.

Smoked sausage

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Smoked Sausage

The smoked sausage was a surprisingly great option. The skin was super snappy and extremely flavorful. We would have liked to see a little BBQ sauce dribbled over top to enhance the overall option.

Kansas City BBQ

Smokehouse ribs with a wet or dry rub

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Wet Ribs

When they say save the best for last, the ribs were DEFINITELY the winner of the Cedar Pint Brew & BBQ. Shockingly during our visit, the line was also non-existent at the rib stand.

We sampled both the dry rub and the wet ribs. Both were unique in flavor and tasted tremendous! In fact, dare we say the ribs may have just been the best ribs we had ever eaten.

160527 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ Dry Rub Ribs

Overall we love the new venue and the food was excellent for Brew & BBQ! We also sampled several unique beer offerings throughout the event.

We want to hear what you loved about Brew & BBQ. Let us know below in the comments.

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2016 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ

150529 Cedar Point Brew and BBQ Tickets

Did you enjoy last years Cedar Point Brew & BBQ event? Not only did we see an array of specialty food items debuted inside the new Lakeside Pavilion facility, but we also witnessed the world premier of the Brew Kettle Rougabrew beer.

Details are now available for the 2016 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ, so lets take a look at the new offerings.

Brew & BBQ will take place Friday, May 27 – Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 5:00 pm until park close. The great news for those looking to experience the event with less crowds, is it will take place every night and not just weekends.

The Cedar Point Brew & BBQ will feature over 55 breweries from across the country with 160 different offerings. The Brew Kettle will introduce the new Cedar Point signature beer promoting Valravn, as well as returning favorite, Rougabrew, and the three signature Halloweekends beers. A complete list of brewers is below.

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This years menu will be more focused on regional BBQ than last year.

Taste of Carolina
Pulled pork sliders and Southern slaw
Pulled chicken with candied jalapenos

Texas BBQ
Sliced brisket on Texas toast with rich & sassy barbeque sauce
Barbeque carnitas nachos with creamy cheddar, black beans, pickled jalapenos and sour cream

Memphis BBQ
A barbeque pork shoulder sandwich with coleslaw and smoky barbeque sauce
Smoked sausage

Kansas City BBQ
Smokehouse ribs with a wet or dry rub.

Tickets are substantially more this year with a higher price point. There is also a caveat on the tickets they give you, but if they worked like last year, it can still be valuable, read on.

Advance ticket sales are $20, with tickets costing $30 at the event. Admission to the park is additional.

You will receive 10 beverage sampling tickets and 5 food sampling tickets. Redemptions work as follows:

– One beverage ticket = One sample of beer or one 12oz Coca-Cola fountain beverage
– Three beverage tickets = One 12oz beer
– One food ticket = One sample of food
– Three food tickets = Full plate of food

However, here is the way we hope it works again this year. Last year guests received 15 total tickets and they were NOT marked as only valid for food OR beverages. So you had the choice of whether to use all 15 tickets towards food, all 15 towards beverages, or a combination.

Considering your 15 tickets could potentially get you 5 FULL MEALS, this is an AMAZING bargain considering it only costs $20 per person. Do keep in mind though that if you plan on taking your family into the event, each adult was required to have a ticket last year.

The difference this year is Brew & BBQ is supposed to be held on the Frontier Trail. Therefore, without controlled access into the area, it may be easier for a family to share in the cost of a ticket this year.

Brew & BBQ will also test out a new VIP Beer Pairings where guests can learn from the experts on how beer can complement food when paired properly. The VIP Beer Pairings are at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM on May 28 & May 29 and June 10 & 11 only. Tickets cost $20 and you must be 21 or over. Space is limited. Requires admission to Brew and BBQ to purchase. Times subject to change.

You can see our full review of last years Brew & BBQ with photos of all the available meal options.

What meal options would you like to see return this season?

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