One of the largest festivals of the year has started in Cincinnati - will you be one of the nearly 200,000 people to attend?
Chris Cavender is an executive chef the rest of the year for a nearby country club - but for 16 years he's been here at the Ren Fest! He prides himself on sourcing local ingredients for the festival such as:
- Turkey legs from the New Carlisle area
- Sausage from Wassler's Meat Market in Cheviot
- Beer/wine from Valley Vineyards (they have a Black IPA that's only available at the Ren Fest!)
They also sell more cider beer during this festival than the rest of the state does all year. Um yeah. I had a cup and it's some good stuff (Woodchuck).
Volunteer groups run the most of the food booths and earn money for their charity along the way. We bought some soda from the Waynesville basketball teams!
There are also some characters at the Festival! The folks that dress up REALLY get into it! The pickle guy (lower right) REALLY gets into it. He's quite funny.
There is also a ton of entertainment - everywhere you turn there are musicians, comedians, plays, puppet shows, magic shows and everything else you can think of.
But then it was time for the main event - THE JOUST! I love jousting - my husband and I were religious watchers of Full Metal Jousting on History and the jousters at the Ren Fest are from that show! They do 3 jousting shows and they last about 30 minutes each. They really know how to get the crowd involved and it's a great time. And...
So just think about the impact here - two guys weighing 200 pounds and wearing 200 pounds of armor riding 2000 pound horses. That's 2500 pounds each charging and slamming into each other with a big huge stick. Larry asked if it felt like football - Shane laughed and said, "No - it feels like a car wreck." He offered to suit Larry up and beat him up a little but Larry wussed out! (Argh)
I can't say enough about how great Shane was - he's so personable and we could have talked to him all afternoon. But we had to watch him do his job:
As for Full Metal Jousting - it's currently being aired in the foreign markets and he's still hopeful for a second season. If you want the show to come back - let History know!
Why Should You Go? The Ohio Renaissance Festival is a full day of fun. There is food, entertainment, games, shows, shopping and pretty much anything else you can think of. (Parking is $3 - fyi). It's a blast and I can't tell you how many people have been saying "Oh my God - I love the Ren Fest!! I go every year!" since I posted pics on Instagram. Every weekend also has a theme - so see if there's one you love! This weekend is Irish Fest!
* Thanks to the folks at the Renaissance Festival for the free tickets and back stage access to Shane and his crew.