As the Event Steward and Deputy Event Steward of Maidens for the last two years respectively, I'll chime in here.
Maidens hasn't has a feast for a number of years, mostly because of the space requirements where we have the event. Nonetheless, when we've brought up the idea of having a feast at an alternative site quite close to the event site, we've been told by numerous people that they don't really want one. They've made it a tradition to attend the event and then go out to eat with friends before attending the ball and/or the variety of parties that take place in the evening.
Consensus said that while a feast would be nice, it's not likely to draw a large enough crowd to make it worthwhile. I wouldn't be surprised if other events who traditionally don't have a feast haven't run into a similar situation.
Just something to think about.
Lady Roana Aldinoch
--- In Ayreton@yahoogroups.com, Dayle Harding <acelinaofderelei@...> wrote:
> I have to agree with Marissa....many times it's not the outdoor cooking that is
> the problem (I've known Twm ap Twm to cook a fabulous feast over an open fire
> much to my awe and amazement), but rather the availability of the site (some
> places don't like that) and/or just what the group/site is able to do.Â At
> Border Skirmish, the place is great for a grilling type thing, but not really
> all that great for even an over the open fire type of cooking event, hence the
> potluck.Â Vanished Wood had at least two at Lord's Park Pavilion in Elgin where
> it was all done with grills and/or electric roasters.Â Other places don't allow
> outside cooks (such as Maidens).Â And other places are just too expensive to
> keep open for longer periods of time and smaller groups can't afford it.Â So, I
> don't think it's a trend, but more a matter of site and/or group.Â
> Your mileage may vary,
> From: Verena Entenwirt <verena@...>
> To: Ayreton@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Thu, March 31, 2011 12:21:39 PM
> Subject: Re: [Ayreton] Re: Feasting
> <snip>Those are all summer camping/outdoor events. ............ That's because
> most of those sites just don't haveÂ suitable cookingÂ facilities.Â (And have you
> ever tried cooking outside?Â Not easy, especially on a large scale). <end snip>
> Actually on this one I would personally have to disagree with you. I know
> Foxhunt had an amazing Feast last year, and correct me if I am wrong, but it was
> all cooked outside.
> Also, those who camp with Ayreton at Pennsic get fed pretty well- all of the
> meals are even document able (but shhhhh don't tell them that)Â It is not harder
> to cook outside, it just takes a different way of thinking and cooking.
> Lady Verena (who would never organize a feast, but would have no problem feeding
> a couple dozen fighters at Pennsic)