Ye Olde Faire
Renaissance festival entices with food, costumes
Published: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013 21:10
There is an enchanted 55-acre village nestled in Todd Mission, Texas. With a king and queen, hundreds of peasants, servers, pirates and sorcerers, there is something different to see every weekend. It is Texas Renaissance Festival season, which began Oct. 12 and continues through Dec. 1.
“Renaissance festival is an excuse for people to jump into character with their favorite medieval or fantasy heroes, like ‘Lord of the Rings’ or Robin Hood, and eat, drink and be merry,” said senior visualization major Adam Rehmann.
Texas Renaissance Festival is a chance for people to get to experience the sights, sounds, tastes and splendor of 16th century England.
“It’s where all the strange people come out — myself included — and prove they should have been born 500 years ago,” said senior philosophy major Aaron Rehmann.
The food is also a highlight for many, with selections such as sausage on a stick or turkey legs and cultural choices that range from Greek to Polish.
“I like the food, especially turkey legs and fried Twinkies, even if they are not historically accurate,” said junior construction science major Jake Scott.
The merchandise is also a highlight of the renaissance festival, with more than 400 shops available to peruse the collections and host more than 200 performances daily around the village.
“I people-watch a lot, as well as spend way too much money on swords and mead,” Adam said.
And no renaissance festival is complete without a costume, Scott said. Each weekend holds a particular theme, including Oktoberfest, Celtic Christmas, Highland and Barbarian. Adam said his favorite part is seeing people and their costumes.
“I really like seeing the intricate costumes that people prepare and the welcoming atmosphere,” Scott said. “Most anyone will let you take a photo with them if you ask.”
Some festivalgoers choose to attend later in the fall when the weather is cooler.
“I typically go in the fall sometime where you could get away with wearing a cloak,” Adam said.
Adam and Aaron said they have memories of interesting interactions among festivalgoers. Adam said he saw two drunken people in pirate costumes fight over a tavern wench.
“I thought it was just an act until the police showed up,” Adam said. “The best part was that everyone there was still in good spirits about the whole thing.”
Aaron said he also had a similar experience with two peasants.
“I saw two peasants get in a fist fight until both of them were bloodied up,” Aaron said. “Eventually the king’s guard came and threw them both out. And all this while I ate fried alligator.”