Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival, presented by Covenant Health, is blooming to life starting April 23, 2021 and will run until June 7.
Dollywood has always put a lot of pride in the park’s aesthetics, and flowers have been a significant part of that.
Now, they’re kicking it up a notch in ways that will bathe the park in a kaleidoscope of colors.
What is the Flower & Food Festival at Dollywood?
During the festival, more than half a million flowers can be seen across the theme park, and new culinary options become available from Dollywood’s acclaimed chefs.
In partnership with an internationally-acclaimed sculpting team, a multitude of flowers comes to life throughout Dollywood in the form of Smoky Mountain turtles, raccoons, frogs and black bears.
The floral displays reach heights up to 15 feet and celebrate the spirit of the Smoky Mountains.
Dolly’s rich influence through song comes alive thanks to tributes of “I Will Always Love You” and “Coat of Many Colors” (pictured above).
This display features a scenic sculpture of Dolly’s mother, Avie Lee.
The festival takes its blooms and brilliance throughout Dollywood, starting with photo opportunities as soon as guests step foot through the gates.
Once inside the park, guests find themselves under an Umbrella Sky, an awe-inspiring sight which features more than 600 umbrellas dancing above their heads.
Guests will also see a new floral carpet bed with more than 37,000 flowers that form a beautiful Great Smoky Mountain sunrise.
And that’s only part of the show. In addition to the flowers, comes the food.
The Festival will feature more than a dozen locations and more than 20 specialty menu items created by Dollywood’s culinary team to recreate the best traditions of cuisine from around the world.
Flower and Food Festival menu and dining pass
All new this year, a Dining Pass will be offered to guests who wish to try tapas-sized samples during the Flower and Food Festival.
Food items throughout the park this year will include:
- Fresh Berry and Lavender Funnel Cakes
- Lobster Rolls
- Beef Bulgogi Nachos
- Barbecue Brisket Sliders
- Charred Corn & Arugula Salads
- Cuban Sandwiches
- Fish and Chips
- Flatbread Pizzas
- Lemon Curd & Blueberry Liege Waffles
- Caribbean Jerk Chicken Wings
- Plantain Chips with Mango Salsa
- Paletas (frozen, fruity treats)
For dessert, guests can indulge in hand-decorated cookies and cupcakes.
Delicious beverages such as Watermelon Lime Frescas, Blood Orange Lemonades and other fruit-infused refreshments will also be available.
The Dining Pass, which includes five entrees, is $29.99, or $27.99 for Season Passholders.
Music at Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival in 2021
Dollywood will also feature an all-new Spring Concert Series, with artists including:
- Rebecca St. James
- Big Daddy Weave
- Jeff and Sheri Easter
- Matthew West
- Sidewalk Prophets
- The Harlem Gospel Travelers
- The Martins
- The Rees Family
- The Rhett Walker Band
A new live show, A Brighter Day, is also part of this year’s festival.
During A Brighter Day, Dollywood’s performers will cover country music’s most uplifting songs, including songs by Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts and more.
How much does it cost to go to Dollywood?
The Flower & Food Festival is included with the price of admission (not including food or extra add-ons). Regular Dollywood admission is $79.
If you book before April 25, 2021, you can save $10 off a one-day admission ticket with the Everyone Pays Kids’ Price promotion.
Booking with Tripster can sometimes save a couple of bucks off admission.
Before you go, remember to download the official Dollywood app for a complete list of dining locations.
Have you been to the Dollywood Flower & Food Festival? Let us know in the comments!