It is time to eat (and drink) your way through the 16th century.
There'll be jousters, fire jugglers, blacksmiths and hundreds of other eye-catching sights at the 2017 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.
Turkey leg: Hoist up a Turkey Leg, probably the most popular food du jour at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Plentiful and tender, these turkey legs are cooked to perfection at the Aleing Knight Pub, ready for you to sink your teeth right into the juicy meat. Prepare thyself for a non-stop, day-long adventure by visiting www.renfestival.com.
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Turkey legs are far from the only fare sold at the festival, now in its 28th year and third year under new ownership.
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TIMES AND COST
Everything from fish and chips to hot apple dumplings to haggis to bangers and mash can be found at the festival, which is staged from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. nine Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 2 through Oct. 29 , as well as on Labor Day.
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General Admission is slightly less expensive this year compared to last. Adults get in for $22.50 and children ages 5 to 12 are admitted for $9.50 at the box office.
Turkey legs are a favorite at the Ohio Renaissance Festival.
Slightly discounted tickets can be purchased on the festival’s website for $19.50 for adults and $8.50 for children, plus a service fee.
Adult admission is buy one, get one free on opening weekend, Sept. 2 to 4.
ON TO THE FOOD
Below is some 16th century-inspired food you can sink your 21st century teeth into at 2017 Ohio Renaissance Festival.
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The festival is has a medieval theme, but that doesn’t mean organizers are against change.
Ren Festival spokeswoman Cheryl Bucholtz said new options include The Chocolate Raven, Archibald Drake’s and KJ’s Cajun Cuisine.
From the owners of Holly B’s Sweets in nearby Waynesville, The Chocolate Raven will sell a selection of chocolate and fudge treats.
Archibald Drake’s, from the owners of the Nacho Pig food truck from Clark County, will serve fish and chips.
KJ’s Cajun Cuisine will serve gumbo, po’boy sandwiches, beignets and similar food.
BREADY, SET, BOWL!
Minstel’s Mac & Cheese in a bread bowl: To prepare thyself with the energy needed for a day at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, you’ll want to load up on this delicious Old World treat. The hearty bread is baked fresh and topped with a cheese covered pasta that will make your mouth water. Prepare thyself for a non-stop, day-long adventure by visiting www.renfestival.com.
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.
Bucholtz says the Bread Bowl is a popular spot when fall temperatures arrive.
Ohio Renaissance Festival attendee Seth Roshon of Baltimore, OH bites into a turkety leg on the Renaissance Park grounds in Harveysburg, Ohio Saturday. The 19th annual festival opened Saturday and will run on Labor Day then on 8 weekends (Saturday and Sunday) through October 19. Staff Photo by Jim Witmer 08/30/08
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
The Pickle Guy” hawking pickles from his cart.
Who can pass up a seasoned pickle from a renaissance man? They are $2 each.
Archived photo promoting the 17th annual Ohio Renaissance Festival.
The festival features a new way to enjoy an adult beverage without the kids.
By popular demand, Bucholtz said 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.
Two summers ago, 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q opened its doors to the public on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival.
The restaurant’s menu includes Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, Pulled Pork, and Smoked Sliced Beef.
STREET TACOS AND SHAWARMA
Last year, Ren Fest added Garden of Eatin, Marco Polo's Bistro and Jerusalem Cafe.
Burgers and such will be found in the Garden of Eatin. Go to Jerusalem Cafe for Middle Eastern foods like baklava and shawarma. Marco Polo's will serve street tacos.
While you are at it, be on the look for Earl of Corn and swing by the Aleing Knight Pub for a list of munchies that includes Scotch eggs, onion petals and brownie bites.