The Texas Renaissance Festival is the largest and one of the longest fantasy festivals in the country. This year’s festival takes place from October 9 through Thanksgiving weekend November 28. Imagine instead of turkey dinner eating a giant turkey leg while watching knights on horseback joust?
Texans like to boast they do everything bigger and better and that includes their Renaissance Festival which draws over 400,000 visitors during the eight weekends of the fair. Visitors come to watch the more than 200 daily performances, visit the 340 unique crafters, merchants and food vendors.
Families come to ride the human powdered rides and to watch the dazzling fireworks display at the end of each Festival day. They come to be transported back in time to another day and another place in history. And most of all they come to eat.
In 2009 80,538 smoked turkey legs were sold at the Texas Renaissance Festival and its hard to go anywhere throughout the grounds without seeing someone eating a turkey leg. While the smoked turkey legs are one of the most popular foods at the fair, visitors have a wide range of International and both historical accurate and modern day foods.
For the foodie check out the Buffalo Frog Legs, the Polish Dill Pickle Soup, and the Scotch Eggs. The Polish Dill Pickle Soup or zupa ogorkowa, combines pork, potatoes, sour cream and a dill pickle and is great on a cool fall day.
The Scotch Eggs are hard boiled eggs encased in ground sausage, rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried. Scotch eggs can be traced back to the 16th century in England. They are traditional and fun.
Foods from around the globe are represented with Spanakopita from Greece, Empanadas from Spain, Lasagna from Italy and Sausages from Germany.
Save room for the sweets that include everything from Apple dumplings to cheesecake on a stick to the most delightful truffles anywhere.
Don’t worry about the calories the fair is spread out over 53 acres and you will always be on the go, there is so much to see and do.
The Texas Renaissance Festival is located in Plantersville, Texas, 45 minutes northwest of Houston. Each weekend there are different themes so visit their website at www.texrenfest.com to see what’s happening when.