My kids are just as excited as I am about dressing as pirates and going to the Texas Renaissance Festival. So far, we have pieced together all but one costume. My oldest son is still in need of a shirt. I'm tweaking and adding as I need to. I'm putting all our costumes together by person and putting them into a centralized location. I want it to be easy to get dressed and head out.
In addition, I'm preparing a list of the things we know we need to do and try. I've had some great suggestions from the folks at TRF. So I checked the events listings and decided on what we would most definitely want to hit. I'm making a list.
First things first - Be there early enough to meet the King and Queen at the front gate when it opens at 9AM. The King and Queen are actually around there at 8:45 to mingle with us common folks. Then they have cannon fire!
I was told the joust was an awesome sight that we must witness.
I know that we also wanted to see/try to School of Sword, the Executioners (a friend told me they were amazing and fun), Birds of Prey and Cast in Bronze. My husband wants to look for a wooden sword. His family went to a Renaissance Festival when he was a kid and his best memory was of getting a wooden sword.
I look at rules for events. First thing I need to know - can I bring my stroller? Rather not have to carry the 11 month old around (she gets heavy). Good news! Yes, I can. And the paths are hard packed. Another main point to know are where do you park and what (if anything) do you pay. They have free general parking. I'm very happy about that. There are other options like handicapped, motor home, motorcycle, valet, and preferred parking as well.
Then comes the budget. I know we will have to bring money for food. You can only bring in 1 unopened water bottle per person. I will be able to bring in baby foods for the baby too. Thankfully, they have the lowest and highest prices listed on their website. $2 - $12 and drinks start at $3.
Foods to try: Turkey Legs, they have 2 new flavors this year:
- Honey Baked Turkey Leg by Renaissance Catering Shoppes #11, #50, #408, #414
- Bourbon Molasses Turkey Leg by Matt Basse at Sherwood Forest Foods, Shoppe #89
Another thing I'm hoping to do is to interview someone while there. One of the characters. And here is where I'd like YOUR input! What question would you include in your interview? Remember, we are talking pirates here! Leave me a comment below!