[ANT] Culinary Symposium

We would like to cordially invite you to a Culinary Symposium for those with any interest in historical food. There will be everything from hands on cooking over fire, feast planning and preparation, to research presentations. This event will be held in AnTir, in the Barony of Dragon's Laire (Belfair, Washington) the weekend of November 14-16, 2008.

We are currently recruiting additional teachers and taking requests for classes. This is your chance to take that class that you've always wanted, or share your knowledge and passion with others.

There are currently plans to have 1 basic track of classes, 1 Intermediate track, and two advanced tracks- each track will be a combination of hands on and information based learning. There will be an entire lecture track sponsored by college of Ithra, you can find further information about the college of ithra here: http://www.ithra.antir.sca.org/

Offered classes/ activities so far:

  • Medieval Pottery, Form and Function
  • Cooking in pottery over fire fire tending as needed for cooking
  • Late Period Spanish food
  • French Renaissance cooking
  • Dutch oven cooking
  • Late-period Scottish cooking
  • Welsh food
  • Clay baking ovens
  • Cheese making
  • Ottoman/Persian food
  • Making marzipan
  • Marzipan sculpture

The Price for the weekend is $40 per person + $3 NMS. This includes sleeping accommodations Friday, and Saturday night as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday. The Price for one day is $20 per person + $3 NMS. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. Some classes my have additional fees to cover the cost of materials, class information will be posted as soon as it's available.

The site is a campground with sleeping accommodations available. There are 92 spots total, 62 in heated cabins, some in yurts, and the last spaces being mattresses in a loft. There will be additional limited space for those who would just like to come for the day. Please get your reservations in early as we have a finite number of sleeping spaces. Spaces will be assigned first come- first served with the heated cabins going first (unless someone specifically requests a yurt). All you need to bring is yourself, feast gear, and bedding. If you are coming from out of kingdom you can make advanced arrangements if you are unable to bring your own bedding. With advanced noticed we will also be able to supply some cooking equipment and supplies for those coming from out of area to teach.

Here are some images of the site (including one of the yurts): http://www.girlscoutstotem.org/capitalcampaign/gallery.cfm?album=2

This is a girl scout camp, so it's a bone dry site (no alcohol at all, not even for cooking). We are looking into whether brewing and vinting might be allowed as it wouldn't be alcoholic at that point.

For reservations please contact THL Liu Xian at: liuxiansca@yahoo.com

To volunteer or request a class please contact the event stewards (aka autocrats) at: foodiejoy@gmail.com

For each of the classes you'd like to teach, please send me the following information:

  • Class name
  • Class size Minimum and Maximum
  • Supplies, equipment and facilities needed for this class (including what you need us to provide, and what you need us to reimburse you for) Class time length What you consider to be the experience level: basic, intermediate, or advanced.

Please feel free to contact the Events Stewards, Lady Margret Elwald of Dragon's Laire and HL Raffaella di Contino at foodiejoy@gmail.com with any comments, questions or needs. Location:
Barony of Dragon's Laire (Belfair, Washington)