A Peek At The Menu For Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival 2023

Knott's Berry Farm was practically built on boysenberries. Although the Knott family didn't invent the hybrid fruit, it was created by Anaheim parks manager Rudolph Boysen, the berry's namesake. But farmer Walter Knott and his wife Cordelia were the first to grow the boysenberry commercially — the sweet combination of blackberries, raspberries, and loganberries. The new berry was introduced to the public in 1934 and soon proved popular. So too did Cordelia's fried chicken dinners.

Today, the Southern California-based theme park is one of the largest in the nation and is notable for its collection of hair-raising rollercoaster rides. The Knott family sold their stake in the property in 1997, but Knott's Berry Farm hasn't forgotten its history. The theme park honors its farming origins each spring with its popular Boysenberry Festival, a month-long celebration of the fruit and its many uses. The 2023 food festival is already underway and will run through April 16, per Knott's Berry Farm. Here's a sneak peek at what's on the menu this year.

Expect every drink and dish to be infused with boysenberries

No less than 37 different boysenberry-related dishes and drinks are featured this year during Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival. These include a charcuterie board with boysenberry crostini, boysenberry waffles, boysenberry BBQ meatball pizza, and boysenberry sausage hoagies with boysenberry mustard. Boysenberry wine and cocktails are also prominently featured on the menu, as are various boysenberry-aided desserts. These range from boysenberry mojitos and margaritas to boysenberry pie tarts, cheese danishes, and cannolis.

Those with special dietary needs will also find plenty of boysenberry goodies to enjoy. The menu features dozens of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, including vegan tofu, wild rice, and kale bowl topped with a boysenberry and apricot glaze. 

This year's festival kicked off on March 10 at the theme park, which is located in Buena Park near Anaheim, California. Naturally, there are several options for visitors who wish to sample some of the three dozen-plus boysenberry dishes, including $55 tasting cards. Festival bundles are also offered.