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Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again

All good things must come to an end….even little Winslowshire Festival.  Yes…it is true.

Winslow farm has decided that they are going in a different direction.

We would like to thank ALL of our performers, merchants and of course our hard working cast and crew that made this Festival 10 Classic Renaissance Faires across America : http://www.thedailymeal.com/10-classic-renaissance-faires-across-america (yeah, I am still not believing that either!).

We’d like to personally thank Nourish Lexington, http://www.nourishlexington.com who not only became the one and only Vegetarian food vendor that was fabulous but also was like finding a diamond – plus we now became friends.

We would like to thank ALL of you who came to the festival, whether it was our very first year (yeah, it was small) to the very last year (2011 season).  We would like to thank ALL of the people who have supported us (behind the scenes) like GoBostonCom http://www.gobostoncom.com and others.

We thank all of YOU who have become our friends and family – we were lucky to see some friends from the past (who I never thought I would see again) and meet some new ones every year.

We have other festivals/faires in the works, so other things are coming our way.  I like to think that Winslowshire was my springboard into this new career for both of us.  Without that, we would not have had this many opportunities that have come our way now.

So, Merry Meet, merry part and Merry Meet Again – Fare thee well, Winslowshire, you will always remain sweet in our eyes.

 

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Getting Nourished by Nourish Restaurant of Lexington

As Winslowshire is a Renaissance Festival that Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary hosts – it was a very difficult challenge to find a vegetarian food vendor who would not only satisfy the farm rules/regulations of having no meat on site, but to also feed many festival patrons and Renaissance Faire goers who are used to getting meat items at other Festivals.

It took us a while, but we found Nourish Restaurant in Lexington, MA (http://www.nourishlexington.com) who not only has fabulous food at the restaurant in Lexington but they were also able to come up with an fabulous tasty menu that exceeded all of our expectations with great vegetarian options such as: Falafel wrap sandwiches, Vegetarian Chili (oh, and btw, I am not a huge fan of spicy food, but hubby is, and it was not too hot for me, and just tasty enough for him!),  Salad wraps and Ice Teas with some sodas!

They have live music at the restaurant and what I also love is that they have all this art on the walls…see, what happened (or the story goes) that the Art Gallery down the street from them in Lexington closed, so they told the artists, hey, we have wall space, hang it here, and if we sell it – we just get a small portion of the monies…Great deal right?

I love their food, and maybe I’m being a little biased, but everyone else seemed to really enjoy it as well.

So, if you are in Lexington, MA looking for a great restaurant to try out, check out Nourish of Lexington!  Tell them we sent you!

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Cucina Aurora – Kitchen Witchery

Have you heard of Kitchen Witchery?  Well, it basically means “to make a prayer over a cooked meal” and if you are a chef or one in the making (like the rest of us at home) then you really need to check Cucina Aurora out.

This wonderful Kitchen Witch knows how to make things tasty and just overall healthy for you and your family.  If you love cooking, then you know the importance of having fused olive oils are.  Cucina Aurora (Kitchen Witchery) (see her website at http://www.cucinaaurora.com) has wonderful, flavorful fused olive oils that will have you saying they are “magically delicious” (sorry Lucky Charms® cereal).

On their website they have recipies as well as all the events that they are going to be at.  Cucina Aurora also has spices that you can add to food (great for me, since I need to live salt free) and also has kitchen gadgets as well as other items.

They have really great oils and I do know that she was sold out the very first day of Winslowshire, so you might want to get to her booth early!

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Cucina Dolce; scrumptious brownies and more!

Ah Cucina Dolce, a “Sweet kitchen” indeed….lots of amazingly delicious brownies and other sweet treats were available last June and she is coming back this June to Winslowshire Festival for the Animals!

Dawn DeMeo has been making brownies from scratch for over 10 years (that I can remember) and all kinds!  She makes Cheesecake flavored to Smores with marshmellows and chocolate mixed in.  She decided to create her own company now called Cucina Dolce that has been going since 2009.

Her brownies are the best I’ve ever tasted (and I’m an expert when it comes to Brownies ;)) and I can tell you that they are just out of this world good.

We hope that this entices you to come to Winslowshire Festival, and to have at least ONE brownie while you are at the festival this coming June!

Since her website is still under construction, you can find her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Cucina-Dolce/150047661699358?sk=wall and you can learn more information there!

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Second Annual – Holidays with Winslowshire Vendors

I did this blog last year and I did a section all about ideas that you might like for the upcoming Holiday season with some of the vendors that we had.

Here is my second annual Holidays with Winslowshire Vendors from 2010 season.  Some of them do take credit card and on line shopping, so please check their website for more details.

For those art lovers, they might like Andrew Volpe http://www.andyvolpe.com/index.html – statement from his website  “Aside from Reenacting / Living History, I am also an Artist, specializing in works on paper, pencil drawing, as well as Printmaking.”

Or maybe a science fiction book by Resa Nelson http://www.resanelson.com/ – she just came out with a brand new novel called “Our Lady of the Absolute”  about a Modern Day society based on Ancient Egypt.

Are you or your family looking for flowers for Thanksgiving , Christmas or Hanukkah (or Winter Solstice)?  You might try http://www.glimpseofgaia.com/Home_Page.html Glimpse of Gaia has some lovely flowers that would look really nice on any table.

If any of your family cooks or likes to cook, you will love (and I mean LOVE) Cucina Aurora http://www.cucinaaurora.com/ who has wonderfully delicious fused olive oils, spices and there is a cookbook also available for recipes.

Oh and if you still get hungry, you can always check out our friends with Nourish Lexington http://www.nourishlexington.com/ who always has amazing food and is an open space to just relax in (oh and they have live music sometimes too).

Please do check out these vendors this Holiday season, and I’ll post more next month to be fair (ha! a Pun!) to everyone.

Enjoy and be safe everyone!

 

 

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So far so good – Dates for next year also announced

I just wanted to say thank you all for supporting us and Winslowshire Festival for the Animals.  Our fan page on Facebook keeps growing daily and we are working hard already for a new season coming for next June of 2011.

Speaking of which, the new dates for next year will be June 25th and 26th of 2011.  Due to the limitations of the farm, we are only going to do the one weekend.

So far, we’ve sent out an e mail to our vendors that we had last June and already have a great response.  We’ve actually got 2 contracts in from Alchemy http://magicalalchemy.com/ and The Artist’s Muse http://www.alisonsmagick4.com/ who does readings and natal charts (she did one for me, and it was really interesting!).

We also have Nourish Restaurant very interested in coming back, and we feel that they did a fabulous job with never being to a Renaissance Festival before!  So a great Huzzah to them!  Their website is http://www.nourishlexington.com/ who also has an amazing restaurant in Lexington, MA so please do go and check them out if you live in the local area, I highly suggest it!

More updates will come in as soon as we get them, and stay tuned!

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Delicious Snacks that we had -Dave’s Mini Donuts and JW’s Kettle Corn

Winslowshire Festival was really happy to have two great food vendors that served more than their fare (ha! a pun!) share of delicious goodies, that I haven’t wrote about yet.  They were Dave’s Mini Donuts and JW’s Kettle Corn.

Oh my goodness, Dave’s Mini Donuts http://www.davethedonutguy.com/index.html are so delicious even one bite just sends you to heaven. 

I believe that they will be at The Connecticut Renaissance Faire (http://www.ctfaire.com) and if you get a chance, do go over and have a donut or two, or three, or six…yummmy…

He also makes really good hot apple cider and coffee.

JW’s Kettle Corn found us and requested if they could come and serve Kettle Corn and boy were we lucky to have them!  So great and tasty, salty but sweet kettle corn.  I don’t think they have a website, but I can get their e mail address and if you really enjoyed their kettle corn, I heard that they will ship it to you.  (No, not the shipping corn, the real stuff).  They are local in Carver, MA so I think shipping should only take a few days.

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