The opportunity to become a prince, a pirate, a bishop a king, a knight or a peasant was available to anyone who visited the Florida Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters Park. The weekend event features a wide variety of performances for entertainment, food and drink and fun and fellowship.
People could enjoy bagpipe music played by the Primal Bagpipes and Drums. Mike McNutt, who is the lead performer with the group, loved the experience of performing at the Renaissance Festival. “I perform with a darker edge to my music,” he said. “I love being a part of this Festival and I enjoy getting to meet all the people.”
People enjoyed watching the bagpipers perform and McNutt received compliments after the performance.
And one could see jousting at the Festival. Zach Minder performed as one of the jousters. “I enjoy jousting. It is a physical and mental challenge. I have a background in theater and I love being a part of this,” said Minder. The jousts were performed by members of Nobble Cause Productions. They receive special training for their performances and learn how to fall off horses.
Those who want to see some real fighting will want to watch the History of Chivalry. Makayla Ryan said she enjoyed participating in the event and likes the challenge of the combat. Even though the combat is intense, those who participate are protected by armor.
People could get a tattoo from Henna Tattoos. And you could have a turkey leg with a beer. Ashley Cullen came with her friends, all of whom were eating turkey legs. “This is great, we love being here,” said Cullen.
Kaitlyn Campbell, a member of the Paladin Society, was among a group of students who were sharing their knowledge of Renaissance and medieval life. “We love being here. We are like a family,” she said.
One could see encampments showing European life in Renaissance Europe. These include the Port Royale Buccaneers, Hanseatic League Encampment, Anger of the Mistress, Paladin Society, H.M. Royal Artillery and others.
There are rides and games for children and plenty of opportunities to have some fun.