Sunday, April 21, 2019

Checking Out The Seven Seas Food Festival At San Antonio, Texas

I love to eat. So food festivals are some of my favorite kind of festivals to attend. It means I can try all sorts of tasty goodies.

Sea World has something called the Seven Seas Food Festival, and this was our first year trying it. Pass Members got a deal where you could buy a 15 sampler lanyard and get 3 free, so I went for that one. It meant we could try out all sorts of things. (The extra 3 was behind this one.) Basically each item you get it punched out. We didn't get the souvenir yet, but I believe it's a Seven Seas cup. Whenever I'd ask someone at the stand, they were all, "I don't know what that is," but one guy told me I could get it up front. I forgot about it, so I'll pick it up next time.

Our first stop was the Gulf of Mexico.

So much looked amazing! We went for the Braised Beef and Bulgogi street tacos. And when I say we, it's my children and myself. My husband likes to eat, but he hates crowds, so this was not for him.

These are the braised beef street tacos, and they had a kick to them. I liked that, my son liked it, but my daughter isn't as big on spicy foods.

However, she loved the bulgogi street taco, which wasn't as spicy. In each taco the meat was tender, which is a plus for me, because I hate tough meat. I would get these again!

We came upon France next. I love crepes and wanted to try all of them, but I limited myself to two.

We went with the Monte Crisco:

It's everything that's in a Monte Crisco but in crepe form. So there was ham, turkey, cheese, and raspberry jam.

We also went with the chocolate-cherry with cream crepe. I loved it. The cream melted quickly since it was hot out, but it was still amazing.

We headed over to Greece and I ordered something the kids seemed a little weirded out about. The shawarma with Skhug sauce.

Tommy thinks it's funny that I was taking pictures of all the food and jumped in front of the photo.

Natalie is used to taking photos with me, but Tommy was like, "I'm not posing, I'm hungry!" They ended up LOVING the dish. It was seasoned really well and again, the chicken was easy to chew.

Italy was nearby, and there was so much that looked delicious. Honestly, we wanted one of each, but we were starting to get full. The dishes seem small, but they are filling. We were sharing one dish per 3 people!

We went with the Italian meatball slider. This one wasn't as good as we hoped. The meatball was a bit dry, and the bread wasn't as soft as we thought it should be. Still, the meatball had a good flavor. We just ate that and left the bread. I wouldn't get this again.

We also got the shrimp flatbread pizza. I did not eat this because I don't like shrimp. But the kids do, and devoured it.

Finally, we got the grilled steak flatbread pizza. The flavors were good, but the steak was hard to chew. Again, it was flavorful, but I like my meat to melt in my mouth.

At this point, our stomachs were getting full, so Natalie decided to go on some new rides. I know, you'd think she'd get sick going on rides after she ate all the food, but nope. She seems to have a stomach made out of steel.

She tried out the Seaside Swinger, newly opened. It looked terrifying to me, but she thought it was fun.

Right next to is is Riptide Rescue. It's tamer, so my son went on this with Natalie. I stayed back with our stuff.

Our stomachs had time to digest some food, so we ended up at the Caribbean.

We decided on the Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Slaw. Tommy jumped in the photo again.

Okay, so the chicken wasn't that great. It was a little pink inside, so we didn't each much of it. But the slaw was delicious, and the sauce that came with the plate was scrumptious as well.

Natalie was most looking forward to Japan, which we came up to next:

Japan had the cutest set up:

We ordered the Korean Beef Short Ribs, which weren't as tender as I would have hoped. These were hard to chew. The flavor was there, but you just had to chew your bite like 25+ times.

We also go the Chicken Yakisoba. This was a favorite. It tasted wonderful, and it's something we'll be getting again.

I was all, "Smile!" and Tommy went, "Why? We're eating."

Oh, and the Food Festival isn't just about eating. And drinking. You'll notice there are various cocktails, beers, and wines on the menus, but I didn't have any so as not to embarrass my kids. I'm a light weight. There are also shows around the park:

Natalie went on a few more rides, and then we went to Spain:

We went for the Tapas Sampler, which the kids liked more than I did. They enjoy shrimp, and Tommy likes the olives. I liked the tomato toast:

Hawaii was a stand I was excited about. I knew I wanted the Spam Fried Rice. The Pineapple Pina Colada sounded SO good. You got the drink IN a pineapple and yes, you can use your lanyard. At least, that's what the guy at the Hawaii stand told me when I asked. I was so tempted, but I knew a few sips in and I'd be pretty tipsy. I asked if I could have it in virgin form and was told, "Uh no, it's alcohol."

The Spam Fried Rice did not disappoint. Great flavors and the spam was easy to chew.

Natalie wanted to try the tuna poke bowl and actually, after she ate the tuna, I had some of the rice and I loved the taste! I'd get it again. I'd just let her eat the seafood.

Tommy didn't know what everything was in the bowl and was a little weirded out, but he ended up liking it all:

I was all, "Smile!" and Tommy was all:

Our final stop was Brazil! We were pretty stuffed at this point, but we were like, "One more stop!"

We went with the Pae de Queijo, which is cheese bread with garlic sauce:

It wasn't our favorite, but it wasn't bad either. It just had a different taste.

But on the plus, the Brazil stand had a pretty wall on the side. Perfect for photos!

We didn't even fill up the lanyard. We have 4 spots left, so yup, we will be back. The Food Festival runs until May 27th. (Friday, Saturday, and Sundays, also open on Memorial Day.) Plus, if you stamp your book at each country, you get a free dessert of your choice at any stand you wish.

What were our top favorites? The chicken yakisoba from Japan, the Monte Crisco crepe from France, and the spam fried rice from Hawaii. Also, the shawarma with Skhug sauce from Greece gets an honorable mention.

To learn more about the Seven Seas Food Festival and see all the menus, click here.

What would be your favorite dish? 


  1. wow seems you had a fantastic time and all that yummy food! Love attending food festivals so much fun and great bites.

  2. All the food looks amazing! give me food and i am sold! this event sounds amazing and seems you had an amazing time!

  3. I would be in a food coma by the time we sampled all that great looking food. My husband would be all for this kind of event.

  4. wow , it should be delicious, vegetables and seafood is my best

  5. Wow! This festival looks really fun. Love all the goodies you ate!


  6. It would be so hard to pick a favorite! All of the food looks good, especially the seafood ones. I love seafood!

  7. Oh that is too fun! I know I'd love trying all of those beautiful dishes from around the world.

  8. I am a sucker for food festivals! They have one similar here where I live at our Sea World and I have been wanting to go check it out!

  9. First, let me say your kids are adorable, and Nat is a natural with the camera. The festival sounds like it was a huge hit with all of you, even if there were a few misses here and there. Glad you all had fun! I would have loved to have a gyros from the Greek area!

  10. This looks like such a fun experience. I haven't been to a food festival in so long. I wish I was visiting Texas in May.

  11. What a great sounding festival this! What a lovely way to try new food and have a good day out!

  12. It is good that you dont have to spend this all in one day. I would get quite full at this fest.

  13. This looks so amazing and a fun sounding festival! Kind of reminds me of The Magic Kingdom at Disney, but all in one less expensive spot.

  14. Woah, you got to try out such fun food! Looks like a really good festival, I'd love to be able to check it out sometime!

  15. Food festivals are my favorite because you get to try out the foods before you go. A try before you buy kind of thing so I can pick my favorites out
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  16. I love places like this. You get to discover all sorts of new restaurants and transfer to new food without Actually going to the restaurant. You can discover so many new restaurants this way also.

  17. I heard a lot of family adventure in San Antonio area. Unlucky we didn't made it that way yet, I live in California we have plenty of Authentic Mexican food. When you are a traveler food is a big deal.

  18. Now this is my kind of event! Everything looks so tasty, especially the tacos.

  19. Did you get a Quick Queue pass for the Seven Seas? My family went on Friday, April 19th in San Antonio, and the food lines were so long we could only sampled 3 countries. It took over an hour to get 1 order. We bought the 15 sample lanyard and left hungry and broke. We should have saved our valuable park time and money just eating in one of their restaurants, which were all empty, because everyone was outside standing in food lines! All I saw were people holding tables while waiting for family members to get the samples.

    1. I didn't. It wasn't so crowded when we went. We went early though!

  20. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I always wondered if it is worth the price?

  21. It looks like all of you had a great time! I wouldn't like the tough meat, but I would like everything else I think.

  22. Looking forward on visiting texas one of these days. i find the place simple and relaxing in photos lol

  23. oh my gosh I love how they separated all the foods! I wanna visit solely for this now haha!

  24. That looks like great food and such nice weather to that day. What fun!

  25. I’ve always wanted to do something like this! I’m a total foodie and would love to sample foods from all over the world

  26. I'm literally salivating! The food looks so good over here. The flatbread pizza and tacos have to be my favorites. Now I want to attend a food festival tooo!

  27. How fun is that?! I love food and that is my kind of festival. Now if only San Antonio is just a few minutes away.


  28. My son also find it funny whenever I photograph our food first haha. I saw your post in Instagram and yes the food looks so appetizing especially the Shawarma and the chocolate-cherry with cream crepe. Yum!

  29. Those Braised Beef and Bulgogi street tacos are making me water at the mouth! You look like you had an amazing foodie trip!

  30. Oh my, this is my kind of festival! Haha. Tommy is hilarious! I'd love to taste Japanese food!

  31. As weird as it sounds this reminds me of Epcot centre at Disney world. All the food looked amazing! It is such a pity that you did not enjoy all the food. I can't imagine having all those different foods on one day.

  32. Okay, you just made me super hungry lol. I can have some of those crepes!

  33. This is a place I need to be. I love seafood!

  34. Sounds like a lot of taste testing fun. Pretty sure they could have made your pina colada without alcohol. It's not like they're premixed. Still a fun day!

  35. That sounds like the trip for my husband. He loves trying peoples' recipes at food festivals.

  36. This seriously looks like too much fun. Food and all, what a great family trip!

  37. I love a good food festival. So many delicious things to try and eat!

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