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WinterFest Food Preview

Abby Morrow

Consumer Demand Supervisor

Over the river and through the woods, to Kings Dominion we go! The holiday season is just around the corner as WinterFest returns for it’s second year at the park on November 23. Santa’s elves are busy getting the park ready with millions of lights, our ice-skating rink and more, while our Executive Chef has been preparing for the most wonderful time of the year in the kitchen! We are so excited to give you a preview of just some of the food items that you’ll be able to find at WinterFest this year and just a heads up – there are A LOT of them!

“We’re very excited about not only the flavors that are coming across, but the variety of items that you get to enjoy during WinterFest. It’s really exciting to go to different sections of the park and see some of these dishes and how they are placed. For example, the glazed indulgence of the Donut Burger down at Blitzen’s Burgers is really an incentive to go ride Twisted Timbers and enjoy a sweet and savory meal” Executive Chef Denis Callinan said. “You definitely get the sights, sounds and flavors to compliment the ice-skating rink, shows and all the experiences at WinterFest. It was a lot of fun to put this stuff together, thinking about what’s going to be happening in the park.”

Without further ado, here are just some of the new items you’ll find at WinterFest this year:

Apple Fries

First up – and one of Chef’s top picks for the season – are Apple Fries, found at our food truck down in WinterFest Way. Drizzled in red hot, cinnamon fireball sauce, these new treats are little morsels of apple pie, battered, fried and tossed in cinnamon and sugar.

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

Snack and share on this holiday classic: a mixture of butter, cinnamon and sugar in fresh baked bread, available at several different locations throughout the park.

Donut Burger

Sweet and savory lovers rejoice and “meat” the Donut Burger. Get your fix at Blitzen’s Burgers with this 6 oz. fresh patty tucked between a large 6 oz. glazed donut and topped with American cheese and crispy bacon. With a sweet glaze drizzled on top, this is a must-try during the holiday season at WinterFest.

Included in Dining Plan

Harvest Salad

In Chef’s own words, “The Harvest Salad is very exciting, both because it is vegetarian and offers flavors from the fall. Enjoy house roasted butternut squash on a bed of field greens, complimented by a fresh crumble of goat cheese and some dried cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, and a side of cranberry vinaigrette.” Grab this healthy option at Prancer’s Pizza and 11 Piper’s Piping Pizza.

Included in Dining Plan

Smoked Turkey Leg

Our signature, smoked turkey legs are back by popular demand! Stop by Dancer’s Snack Shack in Candy Cane Lane to snack on yours with one of three barbeque sauces – apple butter, cranberry or sweet & tangy.

Creamy Tomato Bisque & Butternut Squash Soup

Nothing feels more like the holiday season than a hot bowl of soup. Choose from two different kinds at our Food Truck, parked down in WinterFest Way.

Grilled Cheeses

Soon to be a WinterFest favorite, pair your soup with a medley of Grilled Cheeses down at our food truck this year! Choose from the Pimento Grilled Cheese made with Virginia pimento cheese, Grilled-three cheese pepper jack and swiss (pictured), or our Cheddar & Bacon Grilled Cheese (pictured) to help warm you up and satisfy your hunger.

Baked Potato

Get ready for this monster meal. We’re unveiling a giant, 10 oz. baked potato this year topped with generous portions of drawn butter, cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onion. Pick up this delicious dish at Dancer’s Snack Shack.

Vegetable Focaccia Pizza

Another one of Chef’s favorites for the upcoming season that everyone (including vegetarians!) can delight in is the all-new Vegetable Focaccia Pizza! Located at Prancer’s Pizza and 11 Piper’s Piping Pizza, this new dish is topped with a marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and a medley of pepper, onions and tomatoes.

Included in Dining Plan

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

A new twist to a classic favorite, you’ve got to try our all-new Chicken Alfredo Pizza. Cooked with a creamy alfredo sauce topped with chicken and our five-cheese medley, you can pick up a slice at 11 Piper’s Piping Pizza throughout the season.

Included in Dining Plan

Manicotti

Talk about delicious, comfort food – our manicotti is perfect for nights at the park! This dish features three manicotti topped with a luscious marinara sauce and finished with parmesan cheese. Complete your meal with our new garlic knots down in 11 Piper’s Piping Pizza.

Included in Dining Plan

MashBowls

We’ve got big, delicious changes coming to Vixen’s Fixins during WinterFest! Introducing the MashBowls. Add some new savory toppings to the creamy mac and cheese you know and love or top off a warm bowl of mashed potatoes. These toppings include:

  • Fresh roasted turkey
  • Slow-cooked pot roast
  • Barbeque meatballs
  • Corn bread stuffing
  • Roasted kernel corn
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pan gravy

“I think the MashBowls will be a very popular choice for this year’s WinterFest event” said Chef. “Our new sides will give guests a little different selection if you frequent the MacBowl throughout the year.” Check out just a few of the combos you can create this season below!

Included in Dining Plan

Gingerbread Sundae

This addition to Comet’s Cones & Creams down in WinterFest Way is sure to be a hit this winter. Our Gingerbread Sundae includes soft serve ice cream placed on top of fresh gingerbread cake and is finished with the signature molasses sauce.

Fried Mint Oreos

Another crowd favorite is returning this year with our fried mint Oreos. This includes perfect mint Oreos dipped in our funnel cake batter and fried to perfection – perfect for sharing with friends and family. These will be available at Prancer’s Festive Funnel Cakes and Sugars’ Cake Factory.

Crepes

An all-new addition to WinterFest this year is our Crepe Tent, located in Old Virginia Christmas, where we’ll be serving up three different crepes during the holiday season.

  • Cheddar Apple Bacon Crepe – Cinnamon apples, bacon, melted cheddar with maple syrup and toasted pumpkin seeds

  • Campfire Crepe – Dark chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows

  • Let It Snow Crepe – Strawberries and chocolate, finished with cream

Vanilla Frosted Pretzel

Located at all pretzel establishments throughout the park, this large pretzel is tossed in cinnamon and sugar and is finished with a sweet drizzle of vanilla frosting.

Gingerbread Funnel Cake

Back and better than ever and returning to all funnel cake locations is the Gingerbread Funnel Cake. This must-have includes succulent ginger in our famous funnel cake form, topped with fresh baked gingerbread crumble and finished with powdered sugar, fresh whipped cream and our signature molasses sauce.

Holiday Turkey Sandwich

If you’re looking for something to fill you up, look no further than the Holiday Turkey Sandwich, located at Dasher’s Diner in Old Virginia Christmas. Enjoy the flavors of hand carved turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry relish, and smoked gouda cheese, all toasted to perfection.

Included in Dining Plan

Hot Chocolate Float

Take the classic hot chocolate you enjoy on a chilly winter day and add vanilla ice cream for the ultimate holiday treat. Grab yours at Jack Frost’s Liquid Libations and Comet’s Cones & Creams.

Turkey and Ham Dinner

We’re excited to feature fresh and roasted in-house turkey breasts and glazed Virginia ham at Classic Christmas Café this year. Carved to perfection, you’ll have your choice of several sides:

  • Cinnamon yam
  • Cornbread stuffing
  • Local collard greens
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pan gravy made from drippings of the turkey (just like at home!)

Included in Dining Plan

In total, you can sample more than 25 new, festive food items at WinterFest – for warm hearts and full stomachs. WinterFest returns to the park on November 23 and is open for all of the festive fun select nights through January 1. Enjoy unlimited visits to WinterFest and all of 2020 when you purchase a Gold Season Pass today.

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