I've been to Germany 2 or 3 times. Busch Gardens definitely creates the vibe with the live music and German cuisine.

While there were a lot of enticing beer and alcoholic beverage choices, it was 95 degrees today. Water seemed like a better choice so we stuck with that. Instead we used our Bier Fest 5 punch card to try out some of the food options Busch Gardens is offering this month.

There are loads of German classics to try, but there were 2 standouts for me you should keep an eye out if you visit during Bier Fest, going on Fridays through Sundays until Labor Day Weekend.

You can catch live local bands while you sip on beer from local brewers. There’s a Frost Proof Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City in Tampa, Coppertail’s Sun Runner, Orange Wheat from Leaven Brewing out of Riverview and “You’re My Boy, Blue!” from Florida Avenue Brewing Co. out of Wesley Chapel.

But let’s eat. Here were the 5 things we tried. One item was just “OK”. There were 2 we thought were GOOD. And there were two “Wow, you’ve gotta try this” menu items you really should keep an eye out for.

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