Scored by several factors, regardless of size or duration.
Feastings - Just turkey
legs doesn't cut it!
How varied, sanitary and palatable are the eats
Accessibility - is
published access info correct?
Directions to it good? How easy can you get around once inside?
Garb & Gear - How well
dressed are the natives?
Is the Cast in Rags or Riches, how well is the modern hidden
The Lands - is it festering
with bugs or well prepared?
Should you burn your clothes and bathe after visiting?
The Entertainment -
Period related, songs & dance, etc?
# of shows, pub sing and wandering minstrels, and can you -get in to it-
Facilities - do as the
natives or are there at least benches?
Ample clean tables, emergency staff, port potties and other modern needs
The Landlords - are they
friendly to all or haughty misers?
Are they there to have fun or a fast buck, and period craftsmen
Cast Members - How well
the players become embedded into their roles
Groveling peasants to your Lordships presence, or whu duh ya want bub?
did the visitors seem to really enjoy it?
These are the
festivals and events that we have attended.
Here are our personal opinions on their rankings for these areas of importance.
|1 = Must have forgot something important||3 = Press Ganged into servitude||5 = Good for all stowaways and landlubbers|
|7 = Worthy of Any Seasoned Pirate||9 = Aye, Good for Any Captain||10 = The Queen would lift her hoop-skirt for this (and probably has)|
Std / Feast
To it / Inside
|Garb & Gear
Times / Hide
Shows / Roaming
Mgmt / Crafters
Cast / Visitors
|6 / 8
7 / 7
5 / 3!
|6 / 7
6 / 7
6 / 7
|7 / 8
8 / 7
8 / 6
|7 / 8
|7 / 7
7 / 7
|9 / 3##
8 / 3##
8 / 3##
|6 / 8
4 / 8
|#8 / 7
|Boynton Beach||4 / na||4 / 9||4 / 5||5||3 / 5||4||6 / 6||7 / 6|
|Bristol||8 / na||5 / 8||9 / 7||9 / 8||7 / 8||9||9||9|
|Florida - North||5 / na||4 / 6||6 / 7||5||5||5 / 4||6||7 / 5|
|Florida - South %
2004 2005 2006
|7 / 9||7 / 9||9 / 9||7 / 7||9 / 8||9 / 10||9||10 / 9 #|
|Maryland||7 / na||7 / 9||8||8 / 3**||9||8||9 / 8||9|
|Mountain Mayhem &||9||9||7||7||9||7||9||9 / 7|
|Ren In The Pines||5 / na||5 / 7||6 / 6||5 / 4||5 / 4||3 / 4||5||7|
|Tri State||5 / 10*||5 / 6||5 / 3||5 / 4||5 / 6||6 / 2***||9 / 7||5 / 4|
|Two Rivers||8 / na||6 / 5||7 / 6||5||8||7||10 / 9||9 / 7|
|Your Festival !||10 / 10||10 / 10||10 / 10||10 / 10||10 / 10||10 / 10||10 / 10||10 / 10|
na = does not have any or we did not see / attend
|* ~ The 2008 Tri-State festival, had a
several mobile food booths ready, like you would find at a
carnival or state fair, Brats and Cold Beer WooHoo!....
However.. Their turkey legs were 'stunning' unmatchable anywhere. Nothing
short of a master chef prepared these superb appendages for feasting
enjoyment!.. and these were NOT smoked legs, but baked! (think of
homer simpson thinking about any food) We call it 'Thanksgiving on a Stick'.
A true Feast by any definition.
** ~ Maryland rocks!!, however, do not lay down on anything without clothing or you will probably pick up a skin fungus.
*** ~ you can't play rock n roll at these, nor anything written in the last 300 years. The dancers kept it from being a 1.
% ~ South Florida is at a large park, so they can only do so much to the lands but they go to extreams to hide the modern life from sight. Find youself a clan to get friendly with, bring a hunk o beef and you could be invited to stay the night at their midevil encampment. If not engaged on a stage, most of the minstrels are wondering about to play you a love sonnet or woop it up with a lively dance tune.
# ~ Staff and Cast all engrossed into the period, letting you forget about where you came from. Visitors also abound, well garbed and speaking.
## ~ Good God, where's the end of day Pub Sing!? not that 1 guy with a mug o grog by the joust field, was it?... The exit song and dance cant be counted as it was not inside the festival grounds nor was any drinking allowed there, but they were good.
! - You expect that
the feast, if they have one, would be of extraordinary quality and
design, when compared to the rest of the festival.
The 2012 Two Rivers Faire was perhaps the best overall we have visited, probably due to its size, small but super well managed. Getting to it is the only hurdle to face. Also to get to all stages you have to walk the entire site via the maze of fences in place. Keep the insides clear of those so visitors can get to anyplace quickly. The management and crafters all cheerful and bid thee Good Day m'lord! All 'employed' garbed well.
& ~ The 2013 Mayhem in the Mountain Faire is quite well to
do for its small size. You too will want to visit and marvel at the
countryside that this event is surrounded by. Food is all tops,
including huge beef ribs ('slike a side o beef on a pakeyderm rib')
and other good grillin going on here. The SCA also holds a major
tournament here. Kings and Knights do battle with great physical
exertion. Being in the mountain, it can take the breath out of you,
at 7000' altitude, so no running about for you sea coasters. 1 state
with at least 3 different groups for entertainment; drums in the
mountain, skirt lifting dancers and more!
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