Although the seasonal food festivals at EPCOT earn the lion’s share of attention, SeaWorld Orlando has upped its game in recent years, and the 2021 Craft Beer Festival has proven so popular that it’s been extended through October 31.
The SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival was originally scheduled to conclude in September, but, due to demand, the event will now run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 31, 2021. That means that the beverage event coincides with SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular weekends, which feature a free trick-or-treat trail.
We were given a media preview of SeaWorld’s 2021 Craft Beer Festival, which features more than 100 craft brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails. Nonalcoholic mocktails are also available for those who don’t imbibe, and there are dinner series events featuring representatives of local and national breweries.
More than 20 food items are available, including seared tuna lollipops, brisket-topped mac and cheese, and buffalo cauliflower.
Much like SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival, food and drink samples are available from food booths stretching around the park’s central lake.
Items can be purchased à la carte, or guests can invest in a Craft Beer Fest Sampler Lanyard, starting at $50. Pass Members get an exclusive offer of 15 items for the same price as a 12-item Sampler.
For all alcohol purchases, including sampler lanyard redemption for alcoholic items, guests must be 21 years of age or older to be served.
While you’re drinking your way around SeaWorld, don’t forget to stop and see one of the park’s famous animal presentations, which have been updated to be more educational without losing their entertainment value.
We particularly recommend the Sea Lion & Otter Spotlight, which replaced the slapstick Sea Lion High show.
The new production’s preshow features the return of the Sea World mime, as well as an old favorite from Clyde & Seymore’s pirate show.
Here’s a highlight reel from SeaWorld Orlando’s Sea Lion & Otter Spotlight show to “wet” your appetite:
For more information about the SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival, including a full event menu, visit seaworld.com/orlando/events/craft-beer-festival/menus/.