Feast of the End of the Gaunt Days

Hosted by Barony of the Bridge - Hope Valley, RI

Event date: February 22nd, 2020

Event Last Modified: February 20th, 2020

Event details

Our fair kingdom enjoyed the fruits of another bountiful harvest, then celebrated and hunkered down for a long winter.  Then came the Gaunt Days, as larders became emptier and emptier.  From Mid-February we can almost see the End of the Gaunt Days!  Let us come together at table, bringing whatever we can to celebrate our survival!  The Feast is a chance for the clever victualler to show off their cunning in making tasty fare from the remains of the pantry.  What food do you have, when no other can be found fresh? Did you pickle? Smoke? Dry? Collect up the eggs? Ferment? Come show us what you can do!

This small pot-luck gathering is part foodie-schola, and part schmoozefest, wherein anyone can come to just enjoy the day, or, if you like, share your finest concoctions to compete.  There is no fee to attend, although donations of non-perishable food items to support those going through their own gaunt days are requested from those who can afford to share.  They will be collected and donated to the local food pantry, as is our annual tradition.

Please provide an ingredient listing for any dishes you choose to share, so that participants can make informed decisions and avoid allergens as easily as possible.  Judging will take place at 2pm, and throughout the day the rest of us can sample, learn techniques and swap tips. 

Those who bring a dish that feeds 4 or more can have it judged for a chance at prizes and our deepest gratitude!  Categories include:  Meat Dishes; Meatless Dishes; Alcoholic Beverages; Non-Alcoholic Beverages; Best Historical Recipe; Gauntest Recipe; and Populace Favorite.  Tokens will be given to each attendee at sign-in to use to cast their vote for the Populace Favorite.  Category winners will receive bundles of various harder to find spices used in SCA period, and the winner of the Populace Favorite will be awarded a portion of Signora Cristina's saffron hoard!

This event will also host the Barony of the Bridge's Art & Science championship!  Nuno Cabral do Mar, our current champion, has announced: 
"The format for the competition will be 'shotgun A&S':  competitors will show up with any materials they need, and they will have two hours to work on their art/science.  (They may set up their workspace before the timer starts.) There is no requirement to *finish* in the time period, but it must NOT be started before you arrive." For more information or questions regarding the Bridge A&S Championship, please contact Nuno directly at 222538@members.eastkingdom.org.

Site Opens:  1pm
Judging of Culinary Entries:  2pm
Begin Bridge A&S Championship:  2:30pm
End Bridge A&S Championship:  4:30pm
Baronial Court (winners of cooking contest and A&S championships announced):  ~5pm
Unstructured Shenanigating:  until site close
Site Closes:  9pm

This site requires attendees to climb a handful of steps to enter, and the bathroom is too cramped for most wheelchairs.  All activities are on one level.

Site Opens: 1pm
Site Closes: 9pm

Event Location

Wishford Hall
1034 Main St
Hope Valley, RI   02832
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From the north: 
Take I-95S to exit 3 (for RI-138W), turning right at the end of the exit.  After about half a mile on RI-138W/RI-3/Main Street, you’ll see the Hope Valley Post office on your right.  Park in there (It’s after they're closed – it’ll be fine!).  Cross the street to enter Wishford Hall.  A sign will be posted in the front yard.

From the south:
Take I-95-N to exit 2 toward Hopkinton/Hope Valley.  Turn left off the exit onto Woodville Alton Rd.  At the T intersection, turn right onto RI-3 N/Main St/Nooseneck Hill Rd.  A little under two miles along this road, you’ll see the Hope Valley Post office on your left.  Park in there (It’s after they're closed – it’ll be fine!).  Cross the street to enter Wishford Hall.  A sign will be posted in the front yard.

Registration Fees

FREE EVENT.  No pre-reg!

Donations of non-perishable goods for the local food bank are encouraged and will be collected, to help those going through their own gaunt days.

Make Checks Payable to: not applicable

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Event Steward:

Signora Cristina Volpina

Send Reservations to:

not applicable

Other Contact Information:

Questions regarding Bridge A&S Championship should be directed to Nuno Cabral do Mar at 222538@members.eastkingdom.org