August 30, 2003

Renaissance Festival 2003

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The Ontario Renaissance Festival takes place in a constructed "village" west of Toronto that is set in 16th century England. This was the first year that I've been there. Here are a few photos.

There are a few sword shops (above, left) where several of my friends bought blades of varying authenticity.

There was also a lot of live entertainment - musicians, magicians and comedians - on several stages. The Daring Devilinis (link may not work) were funny and entertaining as they juggled and swallowed swords and fire. Zoltan the Adequate ("Brilliant? Amazing? No, just adequate.") had an entertaining magic act that was quite risque.

The Canadian Raptor Conservancy displayed several birds of prey, including a vulture, owl and hawk (pictured left).

Fun food (not the kind I'd review, but good enough for outdoors eating... of course I took pictures, but they're boring...) like ribs and french fries were eaten while taking in the jousting tournament - which seemed more realistic than the ones shown at the Medieval Times restaurant, though less story-based.

Numerous craft demonstrations were on display, including the glass blowing demonstration (pictured left). Dozens of actors in costume wandered around the village, getting into brawls and conversations with each other and the visitors.

All in all, it was a pretty fun day!

Posted by JAY at 11:05 PM