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Celebrating the Changing Season: Celtic Style

For the second time in as many weeks, we chugged up the Northern California foothills to the woodsy Nevada County Fairgrounds. This time - less equine gentility...more medieval debauchery! 

 
 

It was the 15th Annual KMVR Celtic Festival and the debauchery was actually pretty minimal (sorry to disappoint). But there was plenty music, full medieval costumes (heaving bosoms and all), period games, sheep dog demos and lots of interesting food. Here's a sample of the sensory stimulating day... 

 

 

Tempting to spend a small fortune on authentic garb

 

Unique hats, elf ears, kilts and capes aplenty

 

The spinners guild - turning wool and roving into yarn!

Music was one of the main attractions of the weekend, with three or four stages going simultaneously.

 

Whiskey and Stitches 

 

Pirate ship with startling cannon demonstrations

 

Claude the fire-breathing dragon 

 

Hand made spoons

 

Stone engraving

 

The ultimate contest of grunting manliness - the caber toss

 

Dan the sheep-herder and Taff doing a herding demo

 

Sheep-herders pie - I need to learn how to make these!

 

All in all a pretty good way to usher in the California fall - in a Celtic kind of way!

della sinnock_2
11/21/2011 1:46:15 PM

The pie looked yummy, shephard's pie recipes should be easy to come across in any decent British cookbook (or "cookery book" as they are called over there). Just watched a BBC special last night on Mrs. Beeton's Household Management and Cookery Book that has been in print since 1861, she should have a real cracker of a shephard's pie recipe!! Looks like you had a great time at the fair, thanx for all the pictures to share with those of us who don't live near!!


nebraska dave
10/5/2011 5:51:11 PM

Callie, I've never attended a Celtic festival but they do look like a lot of fun. They used to have one close to me but before I actually got there to see what it was all about they quit having it. I guess it would be kind of fun to dress up in costume of the period. I'd have to be some kind of warrior. It's just a guy thing that lives inside of me. You know saving the damsel in distress and all. I'm not so much into the drinking of stout and having a merry time. I do have Irish heritage from my great grand parents so I do like a good challenge of strength. Now that I'm long past the prime of life, I wouldn't be too competitive in the caber toss but it would be fun to watch. Oh, yeah, and food. I love shepard pie. Have a great festival day.