A couple of weekend ago, my boyfriend and I traveled down to Casa de Fruta, just outside of Hollister, CA, for the Northern California Renaissance Faire. It was about an hour’s drive from our home in San Jose, but it was totally worth it.
I had always wanted to go to the faire and my boyfriend loves knights/swords and anything to do with it (sappy, he’s my knight in shinning armor) .
Once we had parked our car and walked about 5 minutes to the entrance, passing people dressed up in all sorts of renaissance-esque garb, we walked through the gates and were emerged into the world of renaissance and delicious smelling pizza.
I had noticed women walking by with the most beautiful flower hair pieces and I knew that I had to try one on. Luckily for me, the stand was just a few feet from the entrance. The man there instantly pulled me over and started to rifle through his various hair pieces and picked out a yellow and purple one for me, which I fell in love with from the start.
The garland was $25 but for me it was so worth it to feel like a fairy princess, living out some of my five year old fantasies. After this we wondered around the various stalls, looking at costumes for rent, pewter jewelry and decorated umbrellas.
After a while, we got quite hungry and thirsty so we made the brilliant decision to get cups of mead. If you don’t know what mead is, it’s a wine made from fruits and sometimes honey. The stall where we got it from had mead from a Santa Clara County local meadery called, Rabbit’s Foot Meadery. It was truly delicious but quite strong at 12% alcohol content, which hits pretty hard on an empty stomach. It’s all fun and games until you start stumbling around in the dirt, laughing and dancing, actually it was still fun :).
After wondering around for a bit, we decided to head back the food stalls near the entrance. There were all sorts of food from the very renaissance-esque pizza to the meat pies. Ok, so the food might not be historically accurate but it was oh so good. We split our food, so all together it was about $10 per person.
Once we had finished eating and thus sobered ups little bit, we walked to the other side of the fair where we saw a jester performing some tricks, a wand stand where I had to fight back the urge to shout, while holding a wand, “YOU’RE A WIZARD, HARRY,” and also a craft area.
Overall, the day was one for the parchment paper books (haha) and I will definitely go back next year, this time with time-period appropriate garb on.