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Eating at the Maryland Renaissance Festival

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No pic 'cuz I have not been this year, but the sweet potato "fries" at the booth near Thor's Hammer just about bowl me over every time. Perhaps it's the contagiously festive air or the horseradish-spiked sauce, but man I could stand there all day and do nothing but power them down.

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I've never had the undercooked problem with the turkey legs - it's my go-to meal there, because how often do you get to gnaw on a smoked turkey leg?

Other than that, pretend you're at any other fair, so bland fried foods (fish & chips, pork pockets, meat pies, fried mac & cheese, chicken strips) are probably fine, and anything you'd turn a critical cook's eye to (crabcakes, BBQ, fresh seafood) should be avoided.

But really, it's all about having sweets, right?

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I'll second the crepe stand--especially the 'Princess' crepe.

But really, RenFaire is about meat--on bone & stick. Steak, sausage, pork chop, and bacon are all served on 'stakes' here. And you can find roughly-thematic fried fare like scotch eggs and fried pickles.

But don't go there expecting any delicacies hidden away. This is a dusty place of crowds and day drinking where adults purchase swords they do not know how to use. Faire can be a lot of fun with the right friend group, but we generally approach food there only as a snack to hold us over.

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2 hours ago, MarkS said:

Leave the fare hungry and go to Lures in Crownsville, literally down the road.  Lures is a neighborhood place with a tremendous beer selection as well as awesome pub food.  As it's in Crownsville it tends to be local knowledge only.

Second for Lures! We used to like to eat there when we lived not far away in Crofton.

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Food list.  Most are self-explanatory but if anyone can shed light on the things I highlighted, that would be appreciated.  Going on Sunday. 

Valley Meade

  • Hot Apple Dumplings
  • Berry Muffins
  • Croissant Sundaes
  • Funnel Fries
  • Fresh Coffee/Cinnamon Rolls
  • Chicken or Shrimp Dippers
  • Crab Cake Sandwiches
  • Homemade Crab Dip
  • Crab Rangoon
  • Carrot Cake
  • Chicken, Pork, Shrimp, Vegan Rice Bowls
  • Fish 'n' Chips
  • Canterbury Pork Pockets
  • Knave Sandwich
  • Bagels with Cream Cheese
  • Fresh Seafood (Oysters, Shrimp, Mussels)
  • Steak on a Stake
  • Spring & Egg Roll
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Roasted Almonds

White Stag

  • Crepes / Fried Cheese
  • Herbal Tea / Coffee/Cappuccino
  • Meat or Spinach Pies / Beef or Chicken Gyros 
  • Chili Poppers / Ribbon Fries /BBQ Pork Chop on a Stick
  • Cheese Bread / Fried Pickles
  • Cookies and Milk
  • Oreo Smoothie
  • Orange Jules, Lemon Slush, Funnel Cake
  • Ice Cream Shakes / S'mores on a Stick
  • Peanut Butter Pie
  • Sausage on a Stick/ Sweet Potato Fries or Mushrooms
  • Italian Ices / Fruit Smoothy
  • Meatball Wrap
  • Cheesecake on a Stick / Key Lime Pie on a Stick
  • Corn on the Cob / Beef & Cheese Sticks  
  • Mac & Cheese on a Stick / Scotch Egg
  • Fried Ice Cream
  • Cheese Quesadilas / Yakitori Chicken / Mashed Potatoes
  • Shepherds Pie in a Pocket / Fried Green Beans

King's Field

  • Chocolate Covered Bananas
  • Fruit and Ice Cream
  • Barbecued Ribs / Chicken Sandwich
  • Chicken Nuggets / Hot Potato Chips
  • Pretzel and Corn Dogs
  • Sandwich Wraps
  • Fajitas

Kenwood Lane

  • Fresh Fruit Cart
  • Stuffed Spuds
  • Smoked Turkey Legs
  • Soup in a Bread Bowl
  • Chicken Empanada / Falafel
  • Cherry Limeade Slush / Cafreezo Slush
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwich
  • Belgium Waffles
  • Meatballs

Meadow Lane

  • Turkey Legs
  • Root Beer Floats

Mary's Dale Way

  • Chicken on a Lance
  • Chicken Club Sandwich
  • Potato Wedges
  • Grilled Steak Sandwich
  • Caramel Apple Pieces
  • Crab Pretzel
  • Ice Cream & Brownie Sundae
  • Steak on a Stake
  • Smoked Turkey Legs
  • Knave Sandwich
  • King's Dogs
  • Fries / Onion Rings
  • Apple Fritters
  • Apple or Berry Tart
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Pork pocket is BBQ pork in a pastry shell.

The mac and cheese on a stick is breaded/fried mac&cheese nuggets on a skewer.

Scotch egg is the traditional UK food of a hardboiled egg wrapped in ground sausage, breaded and deep fried.

I don't remember what's in the knave sandwich.

The seafood is exactly what you'd think. I haven't had the desire to do raw bar there.

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