Knott's Berry Farm is the birthplace of THE Boysenberry and each spring, Knott's celebrates the flavorful berry and its historic roots during the Knott's Boysenberry Festival with unique food and live entertainment.
The three-week food festival features over 80 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus foot-stompin' entertainment, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, and family fun everyone will love! From sun up to sun down, the festival offers good ol' fashion food, fun and entertainment. Pick up a tasting card to sample a few of the most popular boysenberry dishes in the park. For guests with a hankerin' for some live entertainment, the options are endless with live music throughout the park. The limited-time food festival is included with admission to Knott's Berry Farm. The Knott's Boysenberry Festival will return this spring.
The intertwined history of Knott's Berry Farm and the boysenberry is a truly remarkable story. The year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the then-sleepy community of Buena Park, Calif. to farm 20 acres of rented land. Today, that land is part of 160-acre Knott's Berry Farm. Every boysenberry in the world can trace their roots back to that land, but it was not until the 1930s that Walter became associated with the "boysenberry" which would become the family trademark. Nearby, in Anaheim, George M. Darrow of the USDA had experimented with a new strain of berry that had heard about from Northern California horticulturist Rudolph Boysen. George's boysenberry plants kept dying on the vine so he enlisted the help of Walter Knott. Walter took the scraggly plants, nurtured them to health and named the new berry - a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry - after its originator. The rest, as they say, is history.