If you have ever wanted to live in the 15th century like Brad Roemer Oakland, you are going to want to put the local Renaissance Festival high on your to-do list. This is not just for nerds and geeks anymore. There are thousands of people that attend these festivals every year. Also, let’s get one thing out of the way from the start, you do not need to dress up for such an event. While you may be teased a little by the staff for your “futuristic” or “strange” attire, it is just an act they are putting on. Don’t get us wrong, it is much better to get dressed up, but you most certainly do not have to. Well, you came here for some reasons to go, and that is what we are going to give you. So, read on if you have a desire to go back in time.
Yes, we did say that you do not have to dress up, but it is much more fun to do so. This will give you the opportunity to role play. If you are not familiar with the concept, it goes like this. You put on clothes and act as if you are from the 15th century. While it may seem childish, it can be quite entertaining. You will have the ability to be anything you want. You can go as a peasant or a royal or anything in between. It is, however, considered bad form to go as a king since the staff usually has someone roleplaying that already. That does not mean that you cannot roleplay another royal member.
We are accustomed to all the ways in which we prepare and eat food today. You will have to remember when going to the Renaissance Festival, that they ate different foods and in a much different way than we did today. There, generally, is no forks, knives, or spoons to be found. That is because at that time they were not used by many people. Quite often the foods that you will find can be eaten with your hands. So, you will find things like turkey legs, fried pickles, and chocolate covered bacon on a stick. While not true to the time on some of the things, they need to sell food that people want and like.
Not only will you have a chance to see the “kingdom’s games,” you will have the opportunity to participate in many of them. Anything from ax throwing to archery and jousting. If you want to see how they passed the time in the 15th century, don’t be afraid to partake in the fun.
Very few things are as fun to Brad Roemer Oakland as going to the local Ren Faire. So, look up some costumes and make plans to go yourself. You might even find that you are addicted as some of the staff are. It is a load of fun and it only comes around once a year. So, if you find that you like it after your first trip, make plans to go again in the future.