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About the 2011 Feast
Here is our
proposed menu for 2011, a feast of recipes from medieval Catalonia.
About the 2010 Feast
About the 2009 Feast
This year, we were proud to be host an authentic German feast, in honor of Queen Rebecca Linam.
The 2009 Feast Menu
Recipes inspired by Daz buoch von guoter spise, Germany, 14th c.
About the 2008 Feast
This year our
feast on Oct. 18 was a repast of nautical & New World foods, in
honor of our Pirate King, His Majesty King Gregory
Majest,y King Gregory, with retinue
This special menu of Pirate food was
based on research by Troy Lamey:
Fair city of Florence prepares for Renaissance Faire
About the 2007 Feast:
This year's Feast was held on October 20th.
The theme for the menu was Italian, with a strong Middle Eastern influence, in honor of the reigning monarch, Queen Ostarra.
The monarch of 2007, Queen Ostarra
The 2007 Feast Menu
Limited number of tickets available for royal meal
About the 2006 Feast:
The Feast for this year was in honor of the reigning monarch, Queen Freya Igraine Greywolf:
A FEAST for the VIKING QUEEN
Queen Freya Igraine Greywolf at the Alabama
Rennaissance Faire, 2005
This unique menu
was entirely based on research on Frisian food & culture by Jenn
we presented an Italian Renaissance Feast in honor
Delle Quattro Stagioni
& composed by Lisa Holcomb-Blair of Mobile, AL.
In honor of the Faire's
king, Zolin the Wizard, this year's Feast had the
"Illusion Foods." It was a magical experience!
Members of the Feast Committee shortly before the 2003 feast
About the 2002 Feast:
"Everyone is in agreement that this year was our best ever; the general consensus is that the food was excellent, served hot and right on time. I particularly enjoyed the stewed beef. Great work!" - Lee Freeman, member of the Renaissance Faire Roundtable.
About the 2001 Feast:
Feast Gallery I: Steven Reilly's Photographs of the 2001 Feast
Feast Gallery II: Thomas Wallace's
of the 2001 Feast
The Gode Cookery crew, shortly after the end of the 2001
Jim & Glenda at the 2002 feast.
About the Alabama Renaissance Faire
The Faire is held in downtown Florence at Wilson Park, on
the corner of Tuscaloosa Street and Wood Avenue. Florence, Alabama, is
located 120 miles south of Nashville, 145 miles east of Memphis, and
125 miles north of Birmingham.
Information on the Feast
& Faire from Florence-Lauderdale Tourism at:
Begun in 1987, the official Alabama Renaissance Faire has developed into a major tourist event in northwest Alabama. For the past four years it has been named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourist Society in Atlanta, giving it recognition by more than 800 media outlets throughout the region.
Held in Wilson Park (renamed Fountain-on-the-Green for the two days of the Faire), this unusual event draws 35,000 - 40,000 people each year to its site in downtown Florence, Alabama. It is always held on the fourth Saturday and Sunday in October, taking advantage of the balmy weather and the gorgeous fall foliage in the park.
As the Faire has grown, so have the other events which surround it during Renaissance Month as October has been officially designated by the local government.
Among the Medieval/Renaissance-related events held during October are musical programs, public lectures, dramatic performances, art exhibits and dance programs. All of these are of the highest quality, and they set the stage perfectly for the Faire.
One of the major events of the month is an authentic Medieval/Renaissance Feast. It is held on Saturday evening a week before the Faire in a very baronial hall and features food and entertainment of the period. People who attend the Feast are encouraged to follow the customs of the era by bringing their own tablecloth, candelabra and eating utensils. (This was routinely done during Medieval times because the nobility liked to flaunt its wealth by displaying its gold plates and its candlesticks of brass, silver or gold.)
Two free costume-making workshops are held on the first two Saturdays in October at the local Kennedy-Douglass Art Center. People of all ages are invited to bring fabric, and the rest (measuring, cutting, sewing) is done by men and women connected with the Faire. A person literally walks away with a simple costume in hand which he/she can embellish with jewelry, belts, etc. That a large percentage of people attend the Faire in costume is directly attributable to these workshops.
Capitalizing on the fact that the Faire is scheduled during the school year, those in charge of planning have found creative ways to incorporate it into the schools. Art contests for young children, sonnetwriting contests for adolescents, and a poster-design contest for adults are outgrowths of the monthlong celebration. October is a great time to be in Florence, Alabama—especially the fourth weekend!
Information on the Faire from
the Alabama Department of Archives & History at:
In October of 1987, the first Renaissance Month was observed in Florence, Alabama. Every fourth weekend in October a Renaissance Faire takes place as a two-day event. Florence is named for Florence, Italy, the founding city of the Renaissance movement in Europe during the 14th century.
The Renaissance Faire covers the period of time from the 12th through the 16th centuries. Authentic costumes, arts and crafts, and food are all a part of the Faire. Visitors can take part in medieval games and hear musicians playing authentic instruments. Artisans and merchants offer coins of the realm, hand-thrown pottery, jewelry, dried flower wreaths, and many other delights. Magicians, mirthmakers and minstrels wander about in period attire.
The Alabama Renaissance Faire is held in downtown Florence at Wilson Park - on the corner of Tuscaloosa Street and Wood Avenue. Florence, Alabama is located 120 miles south of Nashville; 145 miles east of Memphis; and 125 miles north of Birmingham.
The Florence Renaissance Faire became the official state faire in 1988 by Act no.88-43.
FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Chamber of Commerce of the Shoals
104 South Pine Street
Florence, Alabama 35630