UPDATE: By popular demand, the Taste of Calico has been extended two additional weekends, 7/31 – 8/2 and 8/7 – 8/9 with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours for Fridays and Saturdays will run 12pm – 9pm and Sundays from 12pm – 8pm.

The hospitality is alive and well in Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm as they hold their TASTE OF CALICO event for two weekends in July. With the COVID-19 Pandemic still raging on, Knott’s culinary team has devised a safe way to share the tastiest vittles from the farm in what is arguably one of the most beloved areas of the park, Ghost Town. The only way to experience the limited time Taste of Calico is with a tasting card purchased in advance at Knott’s.com.

While the rest of the park remains closed, The new event will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 17th through July 19th and the following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 24th, July 26th.

Two additional weekends have been added! 7/31 – 8/2 and 8/7 – 8/9 with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
Hours for Fridays and Saturdays 12pm – 9pm

Event hours will be Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm and Sundays from 12pm to 8pm.

As stated prior, guests are required to purchase a tasting card online, which offers access to the event area, and the ability to make selections from 23 specialty food and beverage offerings. Regular tasting cards (ages 12+) are priced at $25 (plus tax) and will include five food tastings and Jr. (ages 3-11) tasting cards are $15 (plus tax) and include three tastings, children two and under are free. Tasting cards are date specific and must be purchased online at knotts.com or through the Knott’s Berry Farm mobile app prior to the date of visit. To ensure physical distancing, admission will be limited each day and may sell out.

Knott’s Berry Farm continues to follow state, local and CDC health guidelines, which are the new safety measures and operational changes established to ensure the safety of guests. Here is what to expect when visiting. Admission for each day will be carefully controlled so as to ensure distancing during the visit. As guests enter, they will be guided through a temperature screening and security checkpoint at the main gate. No one will be allowed to enter and remain unless they are wearing a mask for the safety of those around them. That includes Knott’s staff. It goes without saying that you don’t have to wear a mask while eating at one of the many outdoor dining spaces for the event, though it would be fun to see someone try. ;)

With extensive precautions, staff training, and measures to ensure the safety of guests long after they leave, Knott’s really is trying here. While the park, the rides, and the shows remain closed, this is the perfect opportunity to scratch that theme park itch and dine on the iconic Knott’s food. We’ve tried it and trust us, it’s worth all of the effort to get in there if you are comfortable in doing so. We advise you to double-check current statistics and local ordinances regarding the ongoing pandemic to ensure things are headed in the right direction and so that you know what to expect. With the sold-out first weekend, we expect next weekend to be even more sought after. So hurry up, grab your tasting card in advance at Knott’s.com, and have a safe but delicious time in Calico!

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