[Sca-cooks] An Event Without a Feast, was Cookery book at Longleat House?

Euriol of Lothian euriol at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 8 12:41:14 PST 2009

When/where is this Spanish PPF to occur? If it is anything like what I heard the one in 2007 was, I would dearly love to attend.


 Euriol of Lothian, OP
Clerk, Order of the Pelican, Kingdom of Æthelmearc
Chronicler, Barony of Endless Hills

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From: "lilinah at earthlink.net" <lilinah at earthlink.net>
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Subject: [Sca-cooks] An Event Without a Feast, was Cookery book at Longleat House?

On Nov 8, 2009, at 8:40 AM, Judith Epstein wrote:
>  Maybe a couple of events without feasts would clarify the issue of
>  the relative importance of cooks for them.

Johnnae replied:
>  You must understand that major events, even events like Crowns
>  and Coronations, routinely run without feasts in this kingdom.
>  Some offer hotel catered banquets that don't sell out and get canceled.
>  Others never plan a feast to start with.
>  Even the 40th ran with just lunch taverns.

Well, out here in The West, there are NO Kingdom level events guaranteed to have a feast.

We have no lunch tables, day boards, or feasts at our 3 Crown Tourney and 2 Coronation camping events, including TWELFTH NIGHT Coronation, which usually happens in a hotel and does NOT have a catered meal. There's a room set aside for eating in where it's strictly BYO.

We used to have feasts at our two Collegia per year. But first each Collegium went from a 2-day to a 1-day event with a feast on Saturday night, and then feasts were curtailed for two reasons: 1) the sites we usually use, schools, don't let us use there professional kitchens and often have no home ec. room anymore, and when they do they usually have home-grade not-fully-functional electric stoves; and 2) not many people stayed for the feast. Now we're only having one Collegium per year because it's such a money loser. Small groups of dedicated foodies sponsored the Perfectly Period Feast in 2007 (English, early 15th c.) and next year there will be a late period Spanish PPF.

I'm not very up on feasts in other Western Principalities and in our Marches, but in The Principality of the Mists we have 3 feasts per year: two Investitures, and one Bardic Competition and Feast, which has been losing money. The Investiture Feasts are often poorly attended, too, especially the Fall one (Nov. 21 this year) because it's usually pouring rain and people want to get home before it's too dark and dangerous to drive.

Some branches of the Mists have feasts in December - that's when most of the feasts are. And because they're at branch level - barony (not as big a deal out here, since they are subordinate to the principality they're in), province, shire, canton, college - these feasts are quite often not historically accurate, and often pot lucks. Some branch "feasts" during the lighter time of the year are just your basic American cook-outs.

So, no historical feasts? There are very few anyone would really miss. Not much of a threat...
-- Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
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