It’s blackberry. No, it’s raspberry. Or maybe it’s loganberry?
Actually, it’s a hybrid of several varieties of the three and it is called the boysenberry.
This new strand of the berry was experimented with in the early 1920s by horticulturist Rudolph Boysen of Anaheim, California. However, Boysen’s efforts were not successful because his plants kept dying on the vine. Boysen later turned it over to farmer Walter Knott for commercial development of the boysenberry because Walter Knott was the first person to successfully produce the boysenberry fruit.
Does the name Walter Knott ring any bells? How about Knott’s Berry Farm?
Yes, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm.
Fast forward to today and you can still see how much of an impact the boysenberry has at the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival.
The Boysenberry Festival 2019 is currently running from March 29 through April 28. At the festival, there is a variety of boysenberry inspired food, attractions, and entertainment.
“People really enjoy our fun buns, the line is always so long for them,” Knott’s Berry Farm employee Rosina Lowance said. A fun bun is a Cinnabon cinnamon roll deep fried in funnel cake batter and smothered in boysenberry cream cheese frosting.
Some other boysenberry inspired foods offered at the festival include Boysenberry Elote, Boysenberry BBQ Chicken Skewers with a Boysenberry Aioli, Boysenberry Jerk Chicken Wings, Boysenberry Habanero Baked Mac and Cheese and more.
Boysenberry inspired attractions and shows include the boysenberry pie eating contest and boysenberry merchandise sold all throughout the park. Festival attendees can also see live woodwork and glass blowing action to produce boysenberry inspired pieces.
Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree is another show that festival attendees line up to watch at the Calico Mine Stage inside the park.
The festival also hosts a boysenberry crafts fair and art show that features various boysenberry inspired art pieces. This is located at the Wilderness Dance Hall inside the park.
“I think people come to try out the food and see our boysenberry attractions, but mostly the food cause you can’t get it anywhere else,” Knott’s Berry Farm employee Jazmine Ornelas said.
The boysenberry doesn’t just stop at food. There are also various boysenberry inspired drinks at the festival for park guests to try as well. The festival features boysenberry boba, boysenberry draft beer, boysenberry wine, boysenberry ginger ale, boysenberry soda, boysenberry latte and more.
“I tried the boysenberry ginger ale and I really liked it. It was so fresh and wasn’t as sweet as I thought it was going to be so that was great too,” Gama said.
Festival attendees with a sweet tooth definitely can’t wait for dessert at the boysenberry festival. Some of the options include the fun bun, boysenberry pie, boysenberry macaroon, boysenberry ice cream, boysenberry waffle, boysenberry stuffed churros, boysenberry assorted pastries and much more.
“My personal favorite is the boysenberry churro. I never tried a boysenberry before this job and now I can’t get enough,” Ornelas said.
Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival has everything a boysenberry fanatic would ever want. Adults and children of all ages come to the festival year after year to try new and returning foods, drinks, and attractions.
One can only imagine what surprises the Boysenberry Festival has in store for next year.