Boysenberry Bliss at Knott's Berry Farm

Many, many, many, MANY Springs ago, I got my grandma to give me a ride to a replica of Independence Hall where I filled out an application and went from station to station to talk to perfect strangers about how capable I was to join them. I was applying for a summer job at Knott's Berry Farm.

I got the job.

Turns out, it's not that hard to get a seasonal job at an amusement park. That didn't squash my excitement. I was going to work at one of my favorite places AND I was going to get to ride roller coasters any time I wanted to! Well... in between making change and putting toys back on shelves in the Camp Snoopy Toy Store.

During my time as an employee at Knott's Berry Farm, I learned a lot about Walter and Cordelia Knott and their little berry farm turned amusement park. And I learned to truly appreciate the Boysenberry, the berry that Mr. Knott grew commercially, especially on long night shifts when I spread some boysenberry preserves on hot biscuits. But as the summer wore on, I started feeling a sense of gratitude for that humble berry and The Knott Family. Had it not been for their little farm, this would just be another city block with a mini mall or something far less interesting than an amusement park on it.

Now it's Spring once again, and hundreds of kids are starting their fun new seasonal job. They're probably all excited to ride roller coasters on their breaks, and they'll definitely have a lot of fun and make all kinds of new friends, but by the end of the season, they'll also have a new favorite food:

The Boysenberry.

And along with the kids starting their new seasonal jobs, Spring brings another great Knott's tradition... The Boysenberry Festival. Yes, it's time to celebrate Knott’s delicious roots during the 16-day festival with a scrumptious lineup of Boysenberry food, plus the limited time return of the classic Bear-y Tales characters in a pie making kitchen, entertainment, and lots more! 

The popular smokey and sweet Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce is back and will be playing a big part on this year's menu. Tossed with chicken wings, dripped on barbecue chicken sandwiches, or glazed on ribs, you'll be licking your fingers and lining up to buy a bottle or three.  

Boysenberry Barbecue Chicken Sandwich on a Boysenberry roll with Boysenberry Ketchup and Boysenberry Relish. I was licking my plate after devouring this one.

Boysenberry Barbecue Chicken Sandwich on a Boysenberry roll with Boysenberry Ketchup and Boysenberry Relish. I was licking my plate after devouring this one.

And of course, there will be plenty of scrumptious sweets featuring the Boysenberry: Boysenberry Mousse, Boysenberry Cotton Candy, Boysenberry Flautas, BoysenberryPie, and the most anticipated sweet treat this Boysenberry season... the Fun Bun! 

My favorites: Flautas and Fun Bun! The Boysenberry Flauta is Boysenberry preserves rolled in a flour tortilla and lightly fried. The Fun Bun (boysenberry ring layers in a warm bun, smothered in an ooey gooey Boysenberry topping, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. The fun bun is deceptively huge. You'll want to share it with one or two other people.

My favorites: Flautas and Fun Bun! The Boysenberry Flauta is Boysenberry preserves rolled in a flour tortilla and lightly fried. The Fun Bun (boysenberry ring layers in a warm bun, smothered in an ooey gooey Boysenberry topping, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. The fun bun is deceptively huge. You'll want to share it with one or two other people.

After a full day of fun, you might be too tired to stop as you walk out to the parking lot to find your car. Do yourself a favor... stop anyway! You don't want to leave without popping in to the Country Store to pick up some Boysenberry Gummi Bears, Boysenberry Honey, Boysenberry Taffy, and Boysenberry Chocolate. And of course... don't forget that smokey Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce. 

You WANT this sauce!

Knott's Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce

Boysenberry Festival Times and Location

  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 28-April 12 in Knott's Ghost Town.
  • Included with admission (discounted to $39 through April 12).
  • Tickets at the gate or on-line at www.Knotts.com

See you there!