Do you know what I got to do this weekend to celebrate Mother's Day? On Saturday we went to SeaWorld San Antonio's Seven Seas Food Festival and it was a blast.
I met SeaWorld's Chef Scott personally and I can tell you that under his watch recipes get an extra special ingredient - passion. He has a passion for cooking and he cares about his creations and authenticity! This can be seen and tasted in the many choices available throughout the Seven Seas Food Festival. The variety and creations available will tantalize your palate and keep you circling the festival for more.
This festival features area-inspired cuisine from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, North Pacific, Pacific and South Atlantic. It was awesome to try such a variety of dishes from such various locations.
David and I went to the Caribbean first. You can see C checking out the menu.
Here I am with my Food, Wine and Brew Sampler Card ready to go!
There are several different VIP Samplers available for purchase. You can buy a Food Sampler which allows you to choose any 6 samples of food throughout the festival for $26.99. You can buy a Wine and Brew Sampler which allows you to choose any 6 samples of beer or wine throughout the festival for $19.99. Or you can buy the Food, Wine and Brew Sampler and choose from any 3 samples of food and any 3 samples of beer or wine throughout the festival for $24.99.
I chose to get the Jerk Chicken with Rice and Gungo Peas and a Red Stripes Lager.
Red Stripes Lager
David enjoyed the Red Stripes Lager.
Our whole family enjoyed the Jerk Chicken, the flavor was just right. Even F was asking for more.
Next, we followed the event map and headed to the South Atlantic area.
The South Atlantic area was very festively decorated with bright colors and had an area for live music.
I really loved the trees.
There were some amazing fruit and vegetable sculptors.
We loved seeing all the creations.
A close up view
David chose the feijoada (Pork stewed with black beans in a sausage, beef and chorizo blend served with a side of collard greens).
At this point, we could tell that each area really had its own flare. And F was sold as a food sampler, he loved the beans and sausage. He even ate some collard greens.
Meeting SeaWorld's Chef Scott and Chef Virginia Willis
I was so excited that I was able to attend the Cooking with Coke demonstration in the North Pacific area with Chef Virginia Willis. It really was a treat. Chef Virginia Willis was extremely warm and friendly, not to mention talented. She walked us through how to make Honest Green Tea Marinated Grilled Shrimp and Simply Orange Rice Pilaf using products from the Coca-Cola family and then we were able to sample her delicious creations at the end.
The set up was amazing and made it very easy to follow along with Chef Virginia Willis.
Ingredients ready to go for the demo.
After the demo, we headed to the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico menu
David sampled the street tacos and I ordered the tostones with garlic oil. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the street tacos before they were consumed but they were delicious as were the tostones.
Tostones with Garlic Oil
We rounded out our tour at the Mediterranean area.
David sampled the Seared Quail with Kouros Nemea.
I sampled the Shawarma with Kouros Patras.
Shawarma with Skhug Sauce
I cannot think of a better way to end the day!
I have to say that this festival was both fun and delicious. If you are headed to SeaWorld San Antonio in the month of May you will definitely want to check it out or maybe the festival itself will take you to the park. This culinary voyage takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 8th-31st (plus Monday, May 25). The festival opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes with the park on all event days.
Disclosure: I am a SeaWorld Texas Wildside blogger. I received complimentary passes for myself and family and have the opportunity to receive other perks throughout the year. All opinions expressed here are my own.