BeerAlien invaded SeaWorld® San Diego’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival on April 1st to see what the excitement was all about. We had an amazingly fun time drinking 80 local San Diego craft beers, eating delicious international human food created by SeaWorld® San Diego’s executive chef Axel Dirolf and incredible mai tais and pina coladas served in pineapples. The staff were awesome and knowledgeable about the food and beer on offer. Our outgoing personalities soon had lots of humans joining us for the pineapple drinks, laughs and more laughs. They also had sake and wine on offer, although we skipped the wine.
Chef Axel took us around on a tour of the beer and food stations scattered around the park and explained each dish and helped with craft beer pairing options. Chef Axel was a lot of fun to hang out with as he was always joking around and laughing. That human can make delicious human food too! We aliens were impressed and we suggest that the rest of you humans get over to SeaWorld® San Diego on a weekend in April. After April, the Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival ends.
Here are the details from the official press release:
Fall-off-the-bone lamb chop lollypops bathed in a thin balsamic reduction makes your mouth water.
Luscious wild boar ragu sauce over perfectly prepared pappardelle pasta transports you to Italy.
West Coast style pale ale’s cascading layer of hops puts you in a craft beer paradise.
Hungry for more? The taps are flowing and internationally-inspired cuisine is being served at San Diego’s premier and only month-long culinary spectacular—SeaWorld® San Diego’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival, weekends in April. With a wave of more than 80 local craft beers, a menagerie of more than a dozen wine varietals and nearly 60 delectable food samplings, this expanded, five-weekend festival will tantalize the taste buds of every foodie with gourmet offerings created by SeaWorld’s award-winning executive chef, Axel Dirolf and his acclaimed culinary experts.
All-new aromatic offerings from Tuscany and Southern California make this year’s craft beer and food celebration bigger and better than ever, and it can only be experienced at SeaWorld.
Embarking on a global gastronomic cruise without leaving SeaWorld, guests will savor palate-pleasing flavors from France, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean to Latin America, Polynesia and Asia. The journey to every culinary destination, featuring specially designed architectural facades, will immediately immerse guests into each region’s unique cultural as well as culinary landscape.
“Here at SeaWorld we are setting the standard for what a true beer and food festival should be,” said celebrity chef Dirolf, who has cooked for a former U.S. president as well as British and Saudi royalty. “I’m excited to share our fresh and bold flavors from across the globe. It will be a feast of fine food our guests will never forget.”
Each weekend, three of San Diego’s top craft breweries will be featured, with brewers sharing the history of their breweries and recommending beer-food pairings. Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Stone Brewing, Alpine Beer Company, Mike Hess Brewing and Groundswell Brewing Company lead a star-studded lineup of local craft brewers that continue to gain national and international praise for their award-winning beers.
Sweet-tune performances by renowned musicians pulled straight from San Diego’s music scene will be a feast for the eyes and ears on three live-entertainment stages. Cool surf sounds will put guests in the spirit of Southern California at the SoCal Flavors Stage area while reverberations of the cabaret will waft from the French Flavors Stage. A trip to the Polynesia Flavors Stage will electrify with high-energy hula and haka acts that will have guests aloha dancing while fire dancers sizzle out the evening with blazing performances.
With 14 distinctive culinary destinations throughout the park, guests can sample nearly 60 delicious food selections!
Here’s a taste of the succulent samplings:
- NEW – Wild Boar Pappardelle Pasta at Tuscan Flavors
- NEW – Pretzel Nacho Fries at the Pretzel Shop in SoCal Flavors
- NEW – Pork Belly Pizza at Bacon Flavors in SoCal Flavors
- NEW – Spicy Tuna at the Hand-Rolled Sushi & Sake Flavors in SoCal Flavors
- NEW – Coca-Cola Snow Pop with popping boba at Coca-Cola Flavors
- Fire Cracker Coconut Shrimp at Pacific Rim Flavors in Polynesian Flavors
- Lava Rock Grilled Pacific Oysters at Island Fusion Flavors in Polynesian Flavors
- Escargot Maison at the French Bistro inside French Flavors
- Thin Nutella Banana Crepe at the French Café inside French Flavors
- “Ya Mon” Jerk Chicken in Scotch Bonnet Chili Sauce at Caribbean Flavors
- Grilled Lamb Slider at Mediterranean Flavors
- Peruvian Ceviche at South American Flavors
- K-Popper Rice Ball at Asian Street Food Flavors
- Oaxaca Spicy Chocolate at Nuevo Baja Flavors
While these decadent pleasures and more can be purchased at each flavor hub, the best way to experience the Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival is with one of three sampler packages. Guests will be able to craft their own culinary adventure with a Food and Drink Sampler that allows them to sample any combination of food and drink samples with the 10-Item Sampler for $45 or the 5-Item Sampler for $25. Back by popular demand, the Wine Sampler gives you your choice of four 2-oz. wine samples, a Seven Seas souvenir glass, and a 10 percent discount on all non-alcoholic merchandise at Seven Seas Imports gift shop. For more details about sampler packages, visit http://bit.ly/SeaWorldSevenSeasSamplers
Meet the Brewers: Beer aficionados will give guests one-on-one experiences with the talented brewers that create their favorite craft beers to ask questions, get some home brewing tips or just listen to fun brewing stories.
- Green Flash Brewing Co.
- Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits
- Mike Hess Brewing
- New Belgium Brewing
- Left Coast Brewing Company
- Alpine Beer Company
- Mike Hess Brewing
- New Belgium Brewing
- Belching Beaver Brewery
- Firestone Walker Brewing Company
- Stone Brewing
- Karl Strauss Brewing Company
- Pizza Port Brewing Company
- Groundswell Brewing Company
- North Park Beer Co.
- Refuge Brewery
- Eppig Brewing Company
- Boulevard Brewing
Wine Offerings: Wine lovers won’t want to miss learning about their favorite varietals from the experts at the SoCal Wine, the French Wine Boutique and the new Seven Seas Imports. Guests will be able to uncork questions, learn just what tannins are and decide which vintage best suits their taste buds. Visitors can also take the flavors home with a purchase of their favorite bottle at any of the festival’s wine locations.
Musical Offerings: At SeaWorld’s SoCal Flavors the SoCal Flavors Stage will brim with Southern California entertainment featuring local bands. The sweet melodies of the classic continental café will ring out from the French Flavors Stage, located at French Flavors. The Polynesian Flavors Stage will vibrate with festive drumbeats as performers celebrate Pacific-Islander heritage.
The Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival is included with park admission, and the best value to experience all SeaWorld’s seasonal events is with the 2017 SeaWorld Fun Card where guests pay for less than a day and enjoy unlimited visits all 2017. The all-new Ocean Explorer, Orca Encounter and the nighttime summer extravaganza Electric Ocean™, make SeaWorld San Diego a must-do this year. Along with its exciting new attractions—the largest attractions opening in the park’s history—an exciting lineup of extraordinary seasonal events are all the more reasons to visit SeaWorld all year long including Halloween Spooktacular and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration! For more information, visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call (619) 222-4SEA.