Sarasota Medieval Fair Returns
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Hear ye! Hear ye! Calling all kings and noblemen, wenches and serfs! The 12th annual Sarasota Medieval Fair will commence for three spectacular weekends on Nov 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22. Lords and ladies in full medieval attire will storm the Ringling Woods behind Sarasota Fairgrounds to the delight of wee lads and lasses and noblemen of all ages.
Jousting, archery, artisans and crafters, and, of course, obligatory turkey legs will help to set the scene of a vibrant medieval kingdom. Hundreds of costumed actors and renaissance devotees stay in character throughout the event, even between live performances on 11 outdoor stages, so as not to threaten the validity of a true renaissance festival experience. The cast includes a long list of Sarasota folks who, in some cases, have introduced their children and grandchildren to the experience, making it a true family affair and a closely-held labor of love. This popular regional event also attracts participants and volunteers throughout the state.
This year, the main acts include full-contact jousting, and a human chess match, where the Scottish will test their skills in a battle against the English in the Battle of Bannockburn. Live music, dramatic interpretations and plenty of humor will be found throughout the event, along with attractions more macabre in nature, including the Wheel of Death and Bones Medieval Mysteries. A Fire Whip and Sword show, along with a performance by Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance will have your toes tapping while enjoying edge-of-your-seat entertainment. The Kids Realm includes rides, games, face-painting and a much anticipated appearance by St. Nikolas on the last weekend, where everyone will be able to kick off the holiday season by visiting with Father Christmas.
Over 100 artisans will be displaying their crafts, which include a wide array of items from homemade soaps and stationary, to specialty foods, musical instruments and archery equipment. Other booths include wood-working, candle making, jewelry, stained glass and much more. Hair braiding, henna and period costume pieces will also be available for purchase. An aromatic bevy of food vendors will provide quintessential American fair food, along with a pleasing mix of Scottish dishes. And, of course, the line for the turkey legs will be busy.
With a backdrop of lush Florida greenery and woods, and well-placed medieval statues amidst a jousting field and human chess board, this year’s event organizers are anticipating record-breaking crowds. Come enjoy the merriment and excitement and get lost in the magic of the forested kingdom at Sarasota’s own Medieval Festival.