2: How important is the feast in relationship to the whole event?
I think it's quite important, because it's one of the major goings-on,
and it's something people look forward to.
A well-done feast can make a less than special event very good; it can
make a very good event spectacular. A bad feast can be the final straw
if the event was not very good, or it can sour the memory of a fairly good
That depends on how the event went otherwise. <grin> I've been to events
where the feast was its saving grace, and to others where I thanked the
good Lord for Pop-Tarts.
Very important. Many times, the feast is the one time in the day when you
can *really* look around and imagine yourself in period. Those moments
can be few and far in between at events where cars are everywhere, people
don't go to the trouble of hiding mundanity, etc., etc.....
Depends on the event. For a Coronation, the feast should be special. For
a small fighting event, put meat in front of the fighters and stand back.
;-) I look at feast as a time to relax from a busy day, to enjoy the company
Some of us are feast junkies - I don't feel as if I have had a "complete"
event without the experience of feast.
It's never primary - usually, I'm there mostly to do a specific activity
(fight, fence, dance, take a class, deliver a scroll). But feast is definitely
an important part. I'd cut court *way* before I'd cut feast.
For me it is among the least important parts. I say this because too often
the feast becomes the central event itself and takes wayyyyy too much time!
The best part--the one people remember the longest.
The feast is important, but not critical. If there is no feast, I am disappointed.
The feast can be the end of the event or a bridge to later activities.
Both types function in different ways and have different importance.
VERY Important. It has the potential for providing exceptional ambiance.
For a "medieval" feel, it is perhaps one of the most important.
Fairly important, although this depends on the type of event. If feasting
is the focus, then it's very important; ditto if it is a celebration such
as Coronation. I was bitterly disappointed at our last coronation when
the feast turned out to be totally non-period.
Depends on the event. Theme, time schedule, and authenticity of an event
affect how important any other portion is -- feast, entertainment, court,
dancing, bardic, etc.
A feast can make or break an event. Think on it, when people talk about
this event or that what do we hear in each conversation. "I don't stay
for feast ‘cause I never had a good one" or "Man the feast was the beast."
Always, we hear about the feasts and like all other things a bad feast
is remembered longer than a good feast. The feast ties the event to a common
frame. Lets face it we all do different times and cultures and during the
day we are all in meetings and classes and lysts. After the day is done
we share food and company bound together by the common meal.
Very important. The feast is generally the last activity most people engage
in at an event, and it's therefore the last memory they carry away from
that event. If it's a bad feast, they carry away bad memories.
A good feast is the cap on a usually wonderful day. Like a fine liquor
after a great meal.
I have enjoyed events when I went to feast and when I didn't. The only
times I really have cared is when the feast runs too late, resulting in
Feast provides a time to sit and relax, to enjoy the company of whoever
is sitting at your table in a relatively quiet atmosphere (depending on
your friend or the event). It's the time to wind down after the event,
Somewhat important. I think the feast's theme should coincide with the
theme of the event where possible.
Depends on the event. Used to be in (our Kingdom) it was unheard of to
have a big kingdom event (Coronation, Crown Tourney, Twelfth Night) without
a correspondingly big feast. We've been getting away from that a bit in
recent years, mostly due to lack of suitable sites. I autocratted Coronation
last spring, and instead of a sit-down feast, we had an extensive all-day
dayboard. Then there are other events here where the feast *is* the central
Important: Court and the camaraderie of sharing a meal with so many others
are the high points of a good event, bring us together best as a group.
A feast becomes more important if there are competitions or classes or
events during the day that keep people apart. The feast brings everyone
back together in a medieval context and allows everyone to let their hair
down, (so to speak) and share what they'd done that day.