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: November 25th, 2019

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?

This pot-luck gathering is part foodie-schola, wherein anyone can come and either just enjoy the day, or show off your finest concoctions for judging and sharing (or just sharing), and part schmoozefest.  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.

The day starts with judging so that by lunch 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 small culinary-arts-related prizes and our deepest gratitude!  Categories include:  Meat Dishes; Meatless Dishes; Sweets; Alcoholic Beverages; Non-Alcoholic Beverages; Best Historical Recipe; Gauntest Recipe; and Populace Favorite.  Tokens will be given to each attendee at sign-in to vote for the Populace Favorite.

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
Google Map


From I-95 north or southbound, take exit 3 to route 138 west.  Go straight through one traffic light.  After a half mile on 138 West, 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.

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

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