Most Canterbury Faires provide a range of eating options.
Catering and Meal Plan
Free (included in site fees):
A soup kitchen on the Sunday before event and a light supper at the Ball are available at no extra charge to all attendees. There may be a BBQ on Setup Sunday for the Ordinance Corps - volunteers who set up the site.
Faire Meal Plan:
A meal plan is often available - breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday, excluding the evening of the feast. Please note that the faire meal plan is not a "catered" option - everyone on the meal plan will be expected to contribute to cooking and cleaning up.
Breakfast Change for 2021 - Breakfasts are now included in the meal plan and are not included with the main site fee. These must be booked.
Dietary Requirements and Allergies - The Meal Plan will cater for vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, and egg free (and some combinations of the above). Unfortunately we cannot cater for vegans. Additional allergies (eg alliums) will not catered for. Please contact the Meal Plan Coordinator if you have any questions.
Feast and Repast
Dinner on the evening of the Feast not covered by the Meal Plan. Many will choose to book for the Feast - the most sumptuous meal of the event. This is an opportunity for a fine cook to display their artistry. Numbers are often limited and tickets are a hot commodity, so book early to secure your place! If you miss you, or if formal dining isn't your thing, you can instead book for the Repast. This is typically a small, informal meal - similar in scope to a normal 'meal plan dinner', but served and eaten outside, on the tables near Tui.
The site has three kitchen areas, including the main kitchen facility and two smaller kitchens in the main bunkroom building and in the lower Tui Lodge. Kitchens have some equipment, i.e. pots, pans, roasting dishes etc.
Cooks preparing a meal plan or the feast are assumed to have priority or, on the day of the feast, exclusive access to the main kitchen. The other two kitchens are usually available at all times. Please ensure that you clean all messes for which you are responsible!
If you are wanting to cook in an encampment, please ensure you comply with site fire rules.
Eating Kit Hire
If you wish to hire eating kits for the event (drinking vessel, plate, bowl, spoon, fork, knife, napkin, tea-towel), Lord Bjorn is privately offering them for $5.00 for the week, with a $5.00 refundable deposit. You will be able to pick them up from him at the start of the event. Contact Lord Bjorn directly to reserve a kit, first come first served. Note: this is a private arrangement, not part of your event booking.
The site has clean potable tap water, and we encourage people to ensure that they keep well-hydrated, especially if fighting. Please cover any sipper bottles or other modern drinking vessels.
The Mangy Mongol can supply coffee, hot chocolate, cordials and other beverages.
We have special permission from the site operators to bring alcohol on to the site IF CONSUMED IN MODERATION.
The site is "discretely damp", meaning that alcohol consumption should not be obvious. Drinks should be decanted into medieval-looking vessels, and empty vessels should be kept out of sight and disposed of in the recycling bins. Moderation should be observed and obvious drunken behaviour is not acceptable.
Purveyors of fine comestibles by Royal Appointment
The Mangy Mongol Tavern will once again be providing the premiere venue for convivial company and hot Turkish coffee day and night throughout Faire. This year for 20 shiny gold pieces you too can have a souvenir Mong ceramic cup filled through the event with the strongest and sweetest coffee this side of Constantinople. These bottomless-cup subscriptions will be available late Sunday afternoon, but the Mong will not be officially open until first thing Monday.
Small sweet snacks are available for purchase, the selection changing annually at the purveyors whim. Itinerant food vendors periodically sell more substantial comestibles, so keep an eye on the chalkboard behind the bar. The Mong is a smoke-free community establishment, and runs by the goodwill of all faire-goers.
Current patron is the notorious Master James of Southron Gaard.