It is time to eat (and drink) your way through the 16th century.
This weekends theme is a Feast of Fools, so there’s no better time to dig in!
On Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept 30 the village will be full of various types of fools, and there will be a feast that includes the Fool Olympics and King of Fools contest.
There'll be jousters, fire jugglers, blacksmiths and hundreds of other eye-catching sights at the 2018 Ohio Renaissance Festival, but you'll be no lord nor lady if you miss out on the grub that once gobbled.
Giant "turkey leggs" (and that's not a typo) are among the most glowing symbols of the festival held on a 30-acre, re-created 16th century village just down the road at 10542 East Ohio 73 in Harveysburg.
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Turkey legs are far from the only fare sold at the festival. Everything from fish and chips to hot apple dumplings to haggis to bangers and mash can be found there. But first, a few basics:
TIMES AND COST
The festival will be staged from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28.
General Admission: Adults get in for $23 and children ages 5 to 12 are admitted for $9.50 at the box office. Children get in free on Tricks or Treats Weekend. Seniors are $21. Buy tickets here or purchase at the gate.
ALL OF THE DELICIOUS FOOD!
Below is some 16th century-inspired food you can sink your 21st century teeth into at 2018 Ohio Renaissance Festival.
Here's a look at the food this popular attraction will be offering this season. Clearly, the food is one of the star performers.
New this year the festival will be introducing light and fluffy crepes of varying preparations.
Gluten Free items are marked with a G and vegetarian food choices are marked with a V.
THE CHOCOLATE RAVEN
Handmade chocolates and fudge
KJ’S CAJUN CUISINE
Authentic cuisine from across the pond down-south
Fish & Chips
Authentic Middle Eastern cuisine including (GF) Jerusalem Mix, Wraps, (GF) Chicken Shawarma, (GFV) Falafel, (GFV) Hummus, (GFV) Stuffed Grape Leaves, Turkish Coffee, Baklava, (GF) Kabobs
GARDEN OF EATIN
Gourmet 8 oz burgers, Fresh cut potato fries served plain or loaded.
MARCO POLO’S BISTRO
THE QUEEN’S CREAM
Premium Soft Serve Ice Cream
1572 ROADHOUSE BAR-B-Q & 3 FOOLS PUB
(G) Pulled Pork Sandwich or Platter, (G) Smoked Chicken Sandwich or Platter, Smoked Sausage or Platter, (V) Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, (V) Mac & Cheese, (V) Peach Cobbler, (V) Blackberry Cobbler
EARL OF CORN
(VG) Fresh Roasted Corn on the Cob
(V) Almonds, (V) Cashews, (V) Pecans, Caramel Apples (with Nuts or Candy) and Lemonade
ALEING KNIGHT PUB
(G) King’s Weinie, Chicken or Beef Fajita Wraps, Haggis, Fingers & Tots, Tots Plain or Smothered, Fried Mushrooms, Onion Petals, Scotch Eggs, Spicy Fried Greenbeans, Fried Cheddar Cheese Curds, Stuffed Jalapenos, Strawberry Shortcake, Cheesecake
Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza by the Slice or by the Pie, Celtic Potato Pizza (Gluten Free crust available.)
Mac & Cheese, Beef Stew, Potato Soup, Broccoli Cheese or Soup of the Day
THE PLEASANT PEASANT
(G) Turkey Legs, Bratwurst, 1/2 Pound Hot Dogs, (V) Impossible Burger, Waffle Cone Chicken, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, (VG) Baked Potato, (VG) Garlic Roasted Mushrooms, Fries, Onion Rings, Brownie Sundae, Apple Dumpling, Rainbow Cake, Cheesecake
ROSE & CROWN
(G) Turkey Legs, Chicken Fingers & Fries, Pot Roast Sundae, (V) Mac & Cheese Cupcakes, Loaded Fries, Steak Sandwich, Steak on a Stake, Teriyaki Salmon Sandwich, Apple Dumpling, Belgian Waffle Sundae
Seasoned Dill Pickles
Seasoned Beef Jerky
Fresh grilled chicken covered in bourbon sauce and served on a bed of rice with gassy beans
THE CORN CRIB
Fresh roasted kettle corn
JACK FROST’S ICE SHACK
Shaved Ice (Sugar Free Syrups Available), Pineapple Dole Whip, Frozen Treats
(V) Funnel Cakes with Sugar or Fruit Topping, Fried Twinkies, Fried Snickers, Fried Buckeyes, Fried Reese Cups
THIRST QUENCHING BEVERAGES
Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Sprite, Root Beer, Powerade, Water, Coffee, Teas, Monster Energy Drinks
Ballast Wench, Beringer Red, Beringer White, Brother’s Drake Mead, Budweiser, Bud Light, Cocktails, Coney Island Assortment, The Dirty Wench (Rum Punch), Erdinger Heffe, Guinness, Guinness Blonde, Harp, Hofbrau Original, Little Kings, Lost Coast Tangerine, Margaritas, Mary’s Revenge (Bloody Mary), Michelob Ultra, Michelob Amber Bock, Modelo Especial, Moscato, Old Smokey Tennessee Moonshine Cocktails, Pina Coladas, Red Stripe, Sam Adams 76, Sangria Slushies, Shiner Bock, Smithwicks, Strawberry Daquiris, Tafts Gaelic Ale, Tafts Nellies, Valley Vineyards Mead, Victory Summer Love, Woodchuck Hard Cider Assortment, Yuengling Light
MUST-TRY REN FEST CLASSIC GRUB
BREADY, SET, BOWL!
They kept things simple in the 16th century, so it should be no surprise that a place called the Bread Bowl would sell bread bowls. You'll find salads and a host of soups and stews.
Soups include chili, Peasant's Potato Soup, Westminster Stew, Minstrel's Mac & Cheese and a spinach artichoke dip bowl.
The Bread Bowl is a popular spot when fall temperatures arrive, said Cheryl Bucholtz, festival spokeswoman.
Did we mention the turkey leggs? We assume the extra "g" is because they are extra good and really big — about 2 pounds each. About 35,000 turkey leggs are sold each year.
THE OTHER BIRD
Turkey isn't the only fowl to be served at Ren Fest.
Bourbon chicken — grilled chicken covered in a bourbon sauce and placed on a bed of rice — is also among favorites.
IN A PICKLE
Who can pass up a seasoned pickle from a renaissance man? They are $2 each.
JUST FOR THE GROWN-UPS
The festival features a new way to enjoy an adult beverage without the kids.
By popular demand, The Naughty Bawdy Pub Show, an hour of "bawdy humor, cigars, and ale for ages 21 and over" will be held each day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the The Dirty Duchess. Admission is $15.
During the Pub Crawl learn about all things Willy Nilly (the name of the festival’s beloved village) hosted by two saucy sisters. New this year, enjoy whisky tastings hosted by the Witches of Willy Nilly.
A few years ago, 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q opened its doors to the public on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival. It has since grown and is open year-round for dinner Thursdays (5-8 p.m.) and Fridays (5-9 p.m.) and lunch and dinner Saturday and Sundays (12-8 p.m.)
The restaurant’s menu includes Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, Pulled Pork, and Smoked Sliced Beef.