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All the Details About the Flower and Food Festival at Dollywood

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2019 featured Dollywood’s largest expansion ever with the opening of Wildwood Grove, but the theme park wasn’t done growing. For its 2020 season, Dollywood introduced a brand new festival! The Flower and Food Festival commemorated Dollywood’s 35th anniversary season, and now you can enjoy this beautiful festival every year! We’ve got all the details on The Flower and Food Festival at Dollywood.

Flower and Food Festival at Dollywood: Flowers

butterflies and umbrella flower sculpturesDuring this Dollywood festival, visitors can enjoy over half a million new flowers and plants throughout the park. Some displays you will see are Smoky Mountain turtles, frogs, black bears, and a tribute to “Coat of Many Colors” with a butterfly and scenic sculpture of Dolly’s mother sewing the coat. The tallest sculpture in the park is the one of Dolly’s mother, which is 14-feet tall! These sculptures throughout the park are called “mosaics.” Mosaiculture is the art of creating larger-than life plant sculptures using thousands of plants to cover a steel frame. There are more than 6,000 plants in these mosaics.

The mosaics aren’t the only “flower” elements in the park! There are also beautiful floral carpet beds around the walkways and plenty of flowerbeds throughout the park. You’ll also notice more pots and window boxes throughout Dollywood.

The festival also features a number of interactive displays, and a visual element called “Umbrella Sky” on Showstreet. Hundreds of colorful umbrellas are suspended over the pathway, creating a beautiful sight.

Flower and Food Festival at Dollywood: Food

lobster rollAnd, of course, it wouldn’t be a Dollywood festival without delicious food options—especially since food is in the name of the festival! You can enjoy brand new food and drink options at a number of restaurants and eateries throughout Dollywood. Every year, the menu changes slightly, but some of the delicious options that might be available include:

  • Spring blooms cupcakes
  • Belgian waffle topped with lemon curd and blueberries
  • Strawberry hibiscus refresher
  • Lobster roll
  • Blood orange lemonade

In their press release regarding the event, Dollywood described this festival as a “must-experience” event, so start making your plans to celebrate at The Flower and Food Festival!

Other Dollywood Festivals

Of course you can still experience some of your other favorite Dollywood festivals throughout the year. Whether it’s listening to gospel music while admiring thousands of carved pumpkins or enjoying millions of twinkling Christmas lights, you’ll love everything Dollywood has to offer throughout the year. Here are some of the other Dollywood festivals you should experience:

Summer Celebration

At the Summer Celebration Festival, the theme park extends its hours so guests can enjoy the fun even longer! Ride roller coasters in the dark, have a dance party in Wildwood Grove, and enjoy fantastic fireworks before you leave for the day! You’ll even get to see an incredible drone light show that’s unlike anything else!

Harvest Festival

pumpkinsDuring the fall, guests can visit during the Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin Luminights! There are several themed decorations all over the park, from stacks of pumpkins to scarecrows scattered throughout the park. You’ll even get to enjoy seasonal treats during this festival, such as apple pie and pumpkin spice lattes!

Smoky Mountain Christmas

One of the most popular times of the year at Dollywood is the holidays, and you won’t want to miss out on experiencing Smoky Mountain Christmas! Over 5 million LED lights are strung up throughout the park, creating a beautiful sight once the sun sets. You can meet Santa and Rudolph, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy the incredible Christmas parade at the end of the night!

Plan Your Trip to Dollywood Today!

It’s never too early to start planning your trip to Dollywood. Come celebrate the 35th anniversary of the theme park! For more information, check out our ultimate Dollywood vacation guide.