Last weekend, me and two of my friends went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This is my second Renaissance festival this year and even though I had to wait about an hour to get parked, this was my favorite Renaissance trip. Not only was it my friend’s birthday, but my other friend had never been to any Renaissance festival before. They both had a great experience filled with shopping, eating and watching Fandazzi perform their annual fire show.
As I mentioned, the worst part about the Renaissance Fest is waiting to park the car. I saw more volunteers leading cars into the lot this year versus the other years I have attended. The line seemed to move quickly and I think it helped our group went on Sunday versus a Friday or Saturday.
Rowan’s first Renaissance Festival
One of my favorite parts about the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is all the vendors. Unlike the Bristol Renaissance Festival, I think the Minnesota Ren Fest has cooler items to purchase. I purchased a leather cup holder for my coffee thermos and it looks like Cthulhu. It’s green and it has a huge octopus on it. It was an automatic purchase for me because as soon as I laid my eyes on it, I had to have it. I also purchased two necklaces: one is a Cthulhu/octopus carved into metal and the other is two unicorns joined on top of a purple gem. Renaissance festival jewelry always adds something unique to my closet and I like being able to wear geeky jewelry at work with my professional attire.
Part of the reason I attend the MN Ren Fest is to eat good food. Every time I go, I always order the chicken wild rice soup in a bread bowl. It’s filling and extremely satisfying. I also tried the calzone for the first time which wasn’t too bad. Finally, to finish off the day I drank an apple cider float with cinnamon ice cream. It’s x10 better than a root beer float.
Ultimately, the more I think about it, the more I prefer the Minnesota Renaissance Festival over the Bristol Renaissance Festival in Wisconsin. This is an event I try to attend every year even though I was unable to attend last year due to being overworked. I can’t wait to start wearing my new Cthulhu necklace to work. 😛