To Eat Or Not To Eat?: The New York Renaissance Faire


Throwback Thursday to the weekend near the end of this summer when my dear friend Caitlin Bajo and I journeyed back in time to the days of mud shows, powdered faces, Shakespeare, and of course the most important beverage of it’s time: wine. The New York Renaissance Faire is a destination for many historically jazzed travelers looking for a fun daytivity to share with parents, children, and LARPERS alike.

The New York Renaissance Faire
Tuxedo Park, NY

The festival runs August 1st through September 27th, 2015 and has theme weekends with a plethora of special events to make your experience truly histrionic. Caitlin and I managed to go on ooooh lala “romance weekend” where couples were invited to renew their vows and corseted bawdy love was in the air. Don’t pause for too long or Robin Hood may attempt to steal your heart or at least tempt you to join him on the pub crawl.

What trip to The Renaissance Faire is complete without matching feather bows for our festival hair?

What trip to The Renaissance Faire is complete without matching feather bows for our festival hair?

While noshing on my period specific turkey leg and steak on a stick I thought of no better way to spend the afternoon than to take a tutorial on wine from an aptly dressed “monk”.  The class lasts an hour and gives a tasting of five wines where you choose your favorite and get to take away a full glass of your top choice. Our leader showed us how to appropriately pair dark chocolate with red wine and schooled us on the value of the perfect pinot. Pretzels in between pours is a must as the sharp saltiness cleans your palate and prepares you for the next flavor explosion. Fun fact, pinot noir grapes are the most likely to actually lower your cholesterol. Don’t forget to refrigerate your wine after you open it, just like food can spoil so can your favorite vino.

IMG_3317.JPGNotice our fearless instructor in action. He works at The Brotherhood Winery just a stones throw away whose spiced holiday wine is a seasonal dream. He has made it an exciting retirement career where he has singlenadedly managed to retrain his palate. One of the selections that we swished around in our mouths was a drink we often hear the name of but don’t get the chance to try….mead. Sweet as honey, we raised our glasses and toasted in a truly triumphant medieval kinda way.


Don’t forget to hit up the joust at the end of the day!  Whether you’re looking for something quirky, fun, or just want to pay homage to snacks from the 1600s The New York Renaissance Faire is worth the trip.  Not convinced?  Just check out this sweet list of eats:

Hopefully, the fairy dust you buy at the adjacent tent will instantaneously make Dave’s minieth donuts zero calories.


Born in Virginia and raised on the mean streets of Garden City, Long Island, I’ve learned to appreciate any type of cuisine from a late night burrito and tatcho’s to a tasting menu and wine pairing. I’m a bit of an adventurer when it comes to food and am always up for an eating challenge where I can find one. I may or may not have eaten sixteen chili tacos to become “The Taco Queen” of a small hole in the wall Mexican eatery. I also couldn’t help myself from ordering whale in Oslo (please don’t tell Green Peace) and can’t resist a zany menu choice. A writer and performer, I like to pair my meals with a good play and you can find my reviews on New York Theatre Guide. Baking is a guilty pleasure and I’m constantly preparing confectionaries with surprises inside. I hope one day to compile all my recipes into one called “Get Stuffed”.I’m looking forward to the next culinary adventure I carve out and sharing them with you. I may just need to create an entire series devoted to “did they really just make this Asian/Mexican/Korean/Italian fusion a food truck?”. Cheers!