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Midhaven Harvest Feast

November 16, 2013

Skagit and San Juan Counties, WA

Autocrat: Michael FitzGeoffrey device6656OP

The Shire of Midhaven will be celebrating the coming of the tulip from the Ottoman Empire to the Dutch Republic at the end of the sixteenth Century, and we invite you to share in the festivities at our annual Harvest Feast on Saturday, November 16, 2013.  There will be an awesome feast, Midhaven’s Arts & Sciences contest (Please see for details.), bardic entertainment, court, & a dessert auction.

The feast is limited to the first 125 people to register.


  • Adults (18+):  $20 ($5 non-member surcharge applies if your membership is not current on the day of the event).
  • Youth (10 - 17):  $10
  • Children (9 and under):  Free

The feast menu:
(Remember, the theme of the event is the coming of the tulip from the Ottoman Empire to the Dutch Republic at the end of the 16th Century.)

1st course: (Turkish)
• Buyresiyye (Meatballs with Barberries)
• Fresh pickled cucumbers
• Bulghur with chestnuts
• Rose petal jam
• Flat bread

2nd course: (blend of Turkish and Dutch)
• Mantý (dumplings with garlic-sumac-yogurt sauce)
• Kâchkül-i kabak spiced chickpeas and gourds
• Fried parsnip salad
• possibly another starchy dish

3rd course: (Dutch)
• Roast chicken with red currant sauce
• Herb fritters
• Savoury apple tart
• possibly another veggie


In addition, there will be a vegan lentil soup, fruit, and rolls available at the dayboard, included in your admission.


Thanks to HL Miriam di Asolo for her research, and to HL Etolé Marchant, our executive chef, and his kitchen staff.




The approximate schedule for the event:

8:00 AM — noon: Event staff arrives on site and sets up
noon: Gate opens to the populace and Family Activities area opens
1:00 PM — 3:30 PM: The Shire of Midhaven’s Arts & Sciences prize tourney (see for information), and the November Lions Blood meeting of the An Tir College of Heralds

3:30 PM — Tabulation of A&S results, and moving furniture to set up for court
4:00 PM: Family Activities area closes
4:30 PM: Court
After Court: Feast hall is set up for feast; feast servers report to the serving area
5:30 PM: The feast begins with bardic entertainments performed during the courses
After 3rd Course: Dessert auction (please contribute something)
As soon as practical: Clean-up
10:00 PM: Site closes to the populace

Those not wishing to participate in the A&S contest or the Lions Blood meeting are welcome to bring games to play or A&S projects to work on. Also, the Master of Stables (Sir Thorkell FitzHrothgar) has said that if people come with the necessary armor, etc. he will be glad to hold fighter practice, weather permitting.

Activities will include:
  • Our famous dessert auction
  • A themed Arts & Sciences prize tourney
  • The November Lions Blood meeting of the An Tir College of Heralds
  • We may possibly be offering Viscountess Safiye’s class on 16th Century Ottoman garb.  Please check back later to confirm.

Feast-o-crat: HL Etolé Marchant

Bard-o-crat: Master Adam Elfchaser (

For food allergy concerns, please contact HL Miriam di Asolo at (425) 387-2837 or via e-mail.

Event page on Facebook:

Email HL Michael FitzGeoffrey ( for reservations and prepayment instructions.

Site Info:
Name: Hillcrest Park
1717 S. 13th Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98274

Directions to Site:


  • From North or South take the Kincaid Street exit # 226. 
  • (From Northbound) Turn right at stop light and continue up the hill. 
  • (From Southbound) Turn left at stop light and continue under the freeway.  Continue through stop light and up the hill.
  • Turn right on 13th street.
  • Follow 13th street heading south for approximately 1/4 mile
  • Hillcrest Park will be on your right hand side
  • Watch for SCA signs!

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