Sunday, September 23, 2012

Feast of the Hunters Moon

This last Saturday we went to a festival that is the talk of the town (seriously). It was really really fun! It was a reenactment of life at an eighteenth century trading post in New France. There were people dressed up as French people, and Indians (pardon the expression) and then there were random Scottish performers. I'm not sure why, but it was cool. They also had a TON of booths set up around this camp where vendors sold stuff from that time period (or rather, replicas,) and they had awesome food, and craftsmen there doing demos of different time period things. Here's a smattering of pictures for you to enjoy.

[caption id="attachment_177" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Here's the Scottish band marching in the background. It was fun to have random "home made" music in the background of the festival the entire day.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_178" align="aligncenter" width="640"] This is our attempt of getting a picture of both of us, with the band in the background.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_179" align="aligncenter" width="640"] That one's a bit better[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_180" align="aligncenter" width="640"] You can't see it, but there's a blacksmith in the background.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_181" align="aligncenter" width="640"] There, now you can see him[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_182" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The first food of the day, Stew. I don't remember what the name of it was, but it was just a basic stew. It was pretty good.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_183" align="aligncenter" width="640"] MMMM[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_184" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The boy scouts making and serving the stew. (With Jonathan on the side blinking... oops) All the food was cooked over an open flame, pretty true to the time period. I can't imagine cooking that much stew, that's a big pot![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_185" align="aligncenter" width="640"] This is me grinding corn into flour. That wouldn't have been the easiest job.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_186" align="aligncenter" width="640"] They had a shooting competition. He's loading up his gun.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_187" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Bang![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_188" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Jonathan wanted to try on a three point hat, but they only had child size ones. So with some prodding, he tried it on anyway.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_189" align="aligncenter" width="640"] SO COOL!!! There were a lot of women weaving. I wanted to try, I was pretty fascinated.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_190" align="aligncenter" width="640"] This couple made these instruments, and he was showing off what it can do. He was good![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_191" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Making table legs.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_192" align="aligncenter" width="640"] OH MY HECK! This blew my mind. She is making lace. All of the wooden pegs are different bobbins. She broke it down for me, how to do it, and it literally blew my mind. She said a professional could whip out a whopping inch of lace in an hour. No wonder lace was so expensive back in the day. Heck, it's still expensive.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_193" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Close up.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_195" align="aligncenter" width="640"] pork chop. By FAR the best thing we had there. It was sooo good![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_196" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Apple Fritter. MMM. It was a good way to end the day.[/caption]

We also didn't get a picture of the fry bread we had. It was also quite yummy, and lemonade, which was a bit of a rip off, because they filled the cup (literally, it was full) of ice, and then poured the lemonade in, so there was about two sips worth. But it was quite yummy stuff.

We had a really fun time! Definitely the coolest thing we have done in Lafayette thus far.


  1. Very cool. The lace was really, really wow.

    And that picture of you eating soup reminds me of an interesting 9th grade art class project I made from cutting out pieces from magazines. :) You're funny!

  2. So much fun! What an adventure. And you two are SO CUTE. I love all the different expressions displayed!!

  3. This looks so fun! I also am amazed at the lady making lace. This sounds like the kind of festival we'd love our kids to experience. Maybe we can join you one of these years.

  4. Oh man! That would be so fun! It is a bit expensive, but we thought it was worth it. They do have family discounts though.

  5. We could try to save up for it. How much was it?

  6. There is a $25 family pass, and then we planned about $20 for food (and we spent about that much too). I looked at the future Feast's and they land on General Conference weekends... Which is a bummer, but if it's something that you really want to go to, we can always watch it the next weekend, or pile it up on Sunday.
    Here's the link we used to find all our info