This program has it all: close-up encounters with animals, behind-the-scenes tours, and delicious appetizers. Join us at the Minnesota Zoo for a unique adults-only opportunity to head backstage and see some animals while you learn all about what our animals eat, how they’re fed, and where their food comes from. On this tour, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look of our Zoo kitchens, meet zookeepers and naturalists, and enjoy gourmet appetizers and drinks in the Zoo after hours.

How much does a grizzly bear eat in a day? What’s the most expensive animal at the Minnesota Zoo to feed? Learn the answers as you get up-close and personal with our brown bears and sea otters in behind-the-scenes areas of the Zoo. You’ll also tour the kitchens where their food is prepared daily. Discover how you can choose sustainable seafood to help our animals’ wild relatives. Of course you’ll also get to enjoy a variety of top-shelf, sustainably sourced seafood items right alongside the sea otters and brown bears, and maybe have a little taste of what they like to eat in the wild!

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.Backstage Bites food
Date: offered on select Thursday evenings.
Ages: 21+
Fee: $75 per participant
Group Size: Maximum of 20 participants, smaller groups will be combined.

Cash bar will be available.

The Backstage Bites tour changes seasonally, so visit again to learn more about our animals, sustainability, and deliciousness at the Minnesota Zoo!

How to Register

Register Online

Online: A confirmation will be sent to you via email once you have registered online for your desired program (click on the “Register Online” button for the program you are interested in). Questions? Call 952.431.9320.

By Mail:  If you need a registration form please complete the Registration Form. Mail-in registrations will receive a confirmation by email.

Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 10/09/2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM
Advanced Tickets Required