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Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival 2023 Guide

Photo of butterfly and umbrella mosaiculture display at Dollywood.
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Flower & Food Festival

Going to Dollywood this spring? We are sharing our guide that includes everything you need to know about Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival including the special seasonal foods, spring mosaiculture displays and flowers, and seasonal entertainment.

During the spring, the Smoky Mountains are covered in an array of colorful flowers, ranging from pink and purple to all the colors of the rainbow. The same can be said for Dollywood. Throughout the park, more than half-a-million different blooms can be seen.

There are so many reasons that Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival is amazing to visit. During Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival, the park is not only decorated with the flowers of spring, but features unique seasonal foods, drinks, treats and special entertainment. Dollywood is surrounded by the amazing sights, sounds, and smells of the spring season!

Photo of white mac and cheese loaded with garlic shrimp and parsley.
Photo by dollywood.com

Flower & Food Festival Food

During the Flower & Food Festival, the food at Dollywood gets a garden-fresh makeover. Many of Dollywood’s amazing treats and dishes boast new springtime flavors. They even have an array of refreshing springtime sips to try.

The Flower & Food Festival features some dishes like the Garlic Shrimp Mac & Cheese, Sweet & Tangy BBQ Meatballs, and Blueberry Boba Tea.

We have included the full Flower & Food Festival menu below so you can check out the new spring beverages, savory dishes, and sweet treats.

Photo collage of Flower & Food Festival sips.
Photos by dollywood.com, photo collage by A Roberts/discoverthegreatsmokies.com

Flower & Food Festival Beverages

Blueberry Boba Tea | Seasonal Culinary Booth – Map #116B

Blue Woog | Market Square Potatoes – Map #115

Mango Boba Iced Tea | Seasonal Culinary Booth – Map #116A

Passion Fruit Lemonade | Seasonal Culinary Booth – Map #116B

Strawberry Lemonade | Market Square BIG SKILLET – Map #114

Photo collage of Flower & Food Festival savory dishes.
Top and bottom left photo by dollywood.com, bottom right photo by dollywood.com, photo collage by A Roberts/discoverthegreatsmokies.com

Flower & Food Festival Savory Bites

BBQ Pork Sliders | Miss Lillian’s BBQ Corner – Map #69

Bulgogi Nachos | Seasonal Culinary Booth – Map #116B

Cobb Salad | Iron Horse Pizza – Map #82 & Market Square BIG SKILLET – Map #114

Cuban Sandwich | Seasonal Culinary Booth – Map #116A

Garlic Shrimp Mac & Cheese | Miss Lillian’s BBQ Corner – Map #69

Loaded Mac & Cheese | Miss Lillian’s BBQ Corner – Map #69

Loaded Potato Tornado | Market Square Potatoes – Map #115

Pretzel Crab Melt | Iron Horse Pizza – Map #82

Quinoa Salad | Iron Horse Pizza – Map #82 & Market Square BIG SKILLET – Map #114

Street Corn Salad | Seasonal Culinary Booth – Map #116A

Street Tacos | Market Square BIG SKILLET – Map #114.

Sweet & Tangy BBQ Meatballs | Seasonal Culinary Booth – Map #116B

Photo collage of Flower & Food Festival sweet treats.
Top photos by dollywood.com, bottom photo by dollywood.com, photo collage by A Roberts/discoverthegreatsmokies.com

Flower & Food Festival Sweet Treats

Berry Funnel Cake | Crossroads Funnel Cakes – Map #111 & Splinter’s Funnel Cakes – Map #43

Bakery Treats | Spotlight Bakery – Map #23

Pistachio Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich | Showstreet Ice Cream – Map #21

Flower & Food Festival Tasting Pass

A fun way to taste your way around the garden-fresh flavors during the Flower & Food Festival is to purchase a Flower & Food Festival Tasting Pass. It allows you to try up to five festival foods for one low price. You can purchase your Flower & Food Festival Tasting Pass ahead of time on the Dollywood website or on their app. Gold and Diamond Season Passholders save $3 off on the Flower & Food Festival Tasting Pass!

Photo of umbrella sky at Dollywood.
Photo by dollywood.com/blog

Flower & Food Festival Décor

During the Flower & Food Festival, Dollywood is decorated with so many beautiful flowers. Did you know that during the Flower & Food Festival, Dollywood is decorated with over half-a-million blooms?

But that’s not all of the spring décor. One of the most popular Flower & Food Festival décor items is the Umbrella Sky. Walk under a sky of colorful umbrellas dancing in the sky in this fan favorite décor item. The Umbrella Sky can be found in Showstreet.

Other décor items include the Hillside Carpet Display in Rivertown Junction (which shows a florally-crafted sunset) and the pathways of Adventures in Imagination (which is decorated with creative chalk art portraits).

Photo collage of mosaiculture displays at Dollywood.
Peacock mosaiculture photo by dollywood.com/blog, other photos by dollywood.com/blog, photo collage by A Roberts/discoverthegreatsmokies.com

Flower & Food Festival Mosaiculture Displays

One highlight of the Flower & Food Festival is the mosaiculture displays. What are mosaiculture displays? Mosaiculture displays are giant topiary-like sculptures made using many plants.

Dollywood has many huge mosaiculture displays that feature many different animals native to the smokies, butterflies, and more.

Some of the most popular displays are the Topsy Turvy Umbrella (Showstreet), Dolly Parton’s Mother Sewing the Coat of Many Colors (Rivertown Junction), Beekeeper & Bees (Craftsman’s Valley), Mama Bear & Cubs (Rivertown Junction), Raccoon Family (Rivertown Junction), Mallard Duck (Craftsman’s Valley), Frogs & Turtles (Rivertown Junction), Peacock (Craftsman’s Valley), and Mountain Vista (Rivertown Junction).

Photo of Bloom! show at Dollywood.
Photo by dollywood.com

Flower & Food Festival Entertainment

Music fills the spring air during the Flower & Food Festival. The entertainment line-up features bluegrass, country and southern gospel music performances daily across the streets and stages of Dollywood.

Also, exclusive to the Flower & Food Festival is SWAY’s Bloom. Bloom is a sway pole show that celebrates the wonder of spring in the smokies.

Here is the calendar of all of the special Flower & Food Festival performances so you can make sure not to miss your favorites.

When Will Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival Start?

The Flower & Food Festival starts April 21, 2023 and ends June 11, 2023. The park will also have a limited operating schedule throughout the event, closing on select days. Make sure to check dates on the Dollywood calendar for days of operation when planning your trip to the Flower & Food Festival.

Dollywood Flower & Food Festival

The Flower & Food Festival is the time when Dollywood comes alive with spring beauty, features seasonal foods, fun spring decorations, flowers, mosaiculture displays, and special entertainment. The scents, sounds, and sights of spring time in the Smokies bring a gorgeous seasonal beauty to the park. We hope that our guide to Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival will help you have an amazing experience at Dollywood this spring!

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