Thanks to our friends at SeaWorld San Antonio for inviting us to be their guests for the inaugural Sesame Street Party Parade this last weekend. You can read more about those details over on our family travel blog.
While we were at SeaWorld in San Antonio we decided to spend some time sampling our way through their Seven Seas Food Festival. After all, who doesn’t love sampling food from around the world? My only regret was not having more time to try even more food!
SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival
When you enter the park you receive this nice little guides. They come in handy, we used them nonstop while walking the park! They double as a menu and passport. For each food station you visit and sample food or a beverage, you get your passport stamped. If you visit every food station in the festival you earn a free dessert of your choice.
You can walk around visiting the worlds during your visit to SeaWorld. The food stations are located throughout the park. You can keep it simple and stop at your favorite type of cuisine for lunch or buy a lanyard for sampling.
We decided to purchase the 10 sampler lanyard which gave us the option of trying any 10 menu items of food or drinks. If we wanted two of the same item, that was acceptable. If we wanted to use all 10 punches at one place, we could do that too. The 10 sampler was $45 and if you have a season pass you get a discount.
View pricing for sampler lanyards and tours here.
For us, purchasing the 10 sampler lanyard was less expensive than buying everyone lunch. We had five people in our party, so we each got two items. It worked perfectly. Some of the items you can buy off the menu are over $6, so we saved money with each purchase.
Mediterranean Spain Seven Seas Food Festival Station
I was excited to visit the Spain food station for the Flank Steak. Unfortunately, I was not impressed. The flank steak was served cold and it was borderline rare. I usually eat my steak medium so the center of the meat was a little red for me. I was actually surprised it was cold, I expected freshly grilled flank steak but maybe this is how it is served in Spain?
The Flank Steak was served with herbed cream cheese, roasted red pepper on toast. The cream cheese was amazing and the crostinis were a nice addition.
Gulf of Mexico Seven Seas Food Festival Station
I love Mexican food. It ties as my favorite cuisine along with Italian food. I knew I would love the street tacos but had no idea how much!
The first photo is of the Cuban Style tacos. They come with mojo pork, sweet ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and dill pickle. We didn’t get a chance to taste these but watched them be prepared. Instead, we went with the Green Chile Chicken Verde tacos.
These tacos were the best I have ever eaten in my life. I have eaten street tacos in Mexico and at just about every Mexican food restaurant in Texas – these are better. They have shredded chicken, diced green chiles served with a spiced cilantro cream sauce. Maybe it was the hot Texas heat talking, but I can’t express how good these were.
You cannot eat your way through Mexico without some Sopapillas. Don’t these just look amazing?
Japan Seven Seas Food Festival Station
We didn’t get a chance to sample anything at the Japan food station. However, I was hoping to try the Korean Beef Short Ribs and the Tempura Deep Fried Bananas.
I love how decorated each ‘country’ was for their food station. It really brought the Seven Seas Food Festival to life.
In Hawaii you can try Hawaiian Fried Rice, Sticky Ribs, Chicken Wings or Poke Bowls. One thing I did not try but it stood out to me was SPAM Fries with Red Chile-Garlic Sauce. SPAM? Who know? I can’t imagine eating it but it is one of those things that is intriguing and made me want to order.
France Seven Seas Food Festival Station
We spent the most time at the France food station. I loved how you could watch them prepare your food. We watched crepes being made and the kids were fascinated.
We ordered three servings of crepes. First, we ordered the Ham, Spinach & Cheese crepe. It came stuffed with black forest ham, baby spinach, Gruyere cheese and topped with a cream sauce. It was the perfect serving size for a quick lunch and they loved it.
As a dessert option, we ordered the Boston Cream Pie crepe. This crepe was beyond sweet. My son couldn’t finish it all by himself because it was too sweet. I recommend you share it. It is filled with pastry cream, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce and topped with powdered sugar. So yummy!
The countries we did not visit or photograph were: Jamaica, Brazil, Italy, and Greece. If we would have had more time or more room in our stomachs we would have tried the Glazed Mini Lamb Burger in Greece, the Pistachio Cannoli and Three Cheese Polenta with Braised Beef in Italy, the Empanadas in Brazil, and the Jerk Chicken with Rice in Jamaica.
Each country has their own tastings of wine, cocktails and/or beer. There was something for every taste bud and all ages.
The Seven Seas Food Festival ends on May 28th so you only have THIS week to visit. I highly recommend you make the trip and I do hope that SeaWorld brings this food festival back again next year. I know we will make the trip down for it.
Do your kids love Sesame Street? Then you do not want to miss the new Sesame Street Party Parade. See all our photos and read about our experience.
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