The Feast of Fantasy celebrates its 30th year at Renaissance Festival
Shakopee, MN - The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is excited to announce the Feast of Fantasy is celebrating its 30th anniversary!
The Feast of Fantasy is a six-course meal served to patrons accompanied by two hours of live entertainment and includes one admission ticket into the Festival. Feast attendees are given a free gift and this year it will be a commemorative goblet and key chain or a collectable Laszlo bobblehead at select feasts. Each weekend offers five feasts for patrons at the cost of eighty dollars, although discount tickets are available for select weekends. Guests wishing to indulge in a truly unique feast can participate in the exclusive Feature Feasts. Offered on select Saturdays at 4:45pm, these feasts provide guests with a themed menu and special entertainment, such as Vilification Tennis, Irish Wake, and German Feast.
Since it began in 1982, the Feast of Fantasy has served more than 75,000 patrons. The price of the first Feast of Fantasy was originally $50 and began a long history of feasts to be served in the Great Hall of Bad Manor. The first Feast of Fantasy “Bill of Fare” included a five-course meal with a one-of-a-kind menu:
I. Fresh Melon Balls stuffed with Liver Paté and wrapped in Prosciutto Ham
II. Sweet Cherry Soup with Sour Cream
III. Tender Leaves of Fresh Spinach and Crisp Watercress smothered with a Gratin of Fresh Berries topped with His Majesty’s Honey and Yogurt Dressing
IV. Imported Game Hen Flambé, Fresh Alaskan Salmon in Dill and Lemon Butter, Tenderloin of Buffalo with Wild Mushrooms
V. Fruit Nut Cheesecake
The Feast of Fantasy menu for 2012 will be as unique as the history of the feast itself. The six-course meal will feature the following plates:
I. Artisan Cheese Plate with Croccantini Crackers
II. Fresh Greens with Pears, Feta, and Pine Nuts
III. French Onion Soup
IV. Pork Loin topped with Cherries and White Peaches served with Roasted Baby Squash
V. Succulent Roast Beef served with Roasted Grape Tomatoes and Mashed Potatoes
VI. Warm Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream
Served daily, patrons enjoy not only a belly full of good food but also a belly full of laughter. While each course is being hand delivered by peasant servers, jokes are being delivered by Jim Cunningham and Laszlo Nemesi, two of the best entertainers around!
Laszlo spends his time emceeing local professional wrestling and performing as a puppeteer with local burlesque and vaudeville shows. This will be Laszlo’s 13th year with the Feast of Fantasy! Jim has been a Twin Cities actor for 25 years, doing improv and comedy acts in a number of well-known plays. He is currently the Minister of Fun for both the Minnesota Twins and the Wild. Cunningham has been with the Festival since 1982 and began as a feast master in 1990. Master Willy Lauder and Fud the Incredible Juggler were both previous feast masters that helped create the great history and tradition of the Feast of Fantasy.
Jim and Laszlo aren’t the only entertainment patrons have to look forward to during their feast. The Festival’s top acts also do a brief performance as well as a visit from the King and Queen! Performers at the feast include a variety of acts such as Zilch the Tory Steller, Cale the Juggler, Johnny Phoenix, Arthur Greenleaf Holmes and Cigany. 4 Pints Shy and Court Revelers are music groups that may also stop by for regaling and songs.
Favorite acts from feasts years ago include appearances by the rowdy Ratcatcher that always sent patrons into a fit of laughter from his crude jokes. The Dew Drop Jugglers were another act that provided patrons with a memorable moment as they challenged themselves to catch a juggling club after tossing it high over a rafter in Bad Manor. Half of the time they would make a successful catch as the club fell through a chandelier and other times they would fail and be punished by the feast masters, all in good fun of course.
The Feast of Fantasy has always been a real treat to patrons as they are treated as royalty by the entertainers and servers. These loyal patrons attend the feasts year after year as each feast is unpredictable and different. The Feast of Fantasy is a one-of-a-kind experience that should not be missed as its 30th anniversary is celebrated this season!
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is a first-class experience whose 42nd season began on Saturday, Aug. 18 and runs till Sept. 30, 2012. The Festival is open weekends, Labor Day and a special day for schools and seniors on Festival Friday, Sept. 28th, 2012 open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., rain or shine. The Festival is located three miles south of Shakopee on Hwy 169. Price of admission is $21.95 for adults; $12.95 for children 5 – 12; $19.95 for seniors; four and under is free; dogs $10.00 with registration.
Discount tickets are sold at participating Walgreens, Menards, Whole Foods Market and Super America stores. Discount coupons are available at participating Subway, Papa Murphy’s and Dunn Brothers locations.
For more information, visit www.renaissancefest.com or call 952-445-7361.