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Beaconsgate Boar Hunt

Saturday December 8th, 2018
El Cerrito, California

Winter is coming, and that means it’s time for the Annual Beconsgate Boar Hunt and Feast sponsored by the Province of the Mists! We will be at our traditional site, Camp Herms. The site is “discretely wet”, so please decant and take any containers with you; we cannot leave them on-site.

Boar Hunt is a fighting activity. A “Boar” is played by a fighter armed with two maces. Hunters are fighters armed only with spears, and “hounds” are fighters armed with daggers. There are also unarmored “dogs”, who seek out the boars and bark when they are discovered -- this can be a great role for a mature child accompanied by a responsible adult or for a childlike adult. There will be a corresponding “Stag Hunt” for rapier fighters. Battles will be held rain or shine.

Please plan to bring something for your lunch if you are coming on site early.

We will have many activities within the hall — dancing, singing, music, games — for non-fighters and tired fighters, so bring musical instruments, dancing shoes, and board games. Or take a break from running around the hillside to participate in our inaugural Boars Hunt Iron Artisan Competition! It takes quick wits, nimble fingers and creativity. If you are up to the challenge, you will receive a bag full of materials; three hours later, you will place the masterpiece you have created from those materials on display for the populace vote! The winner will be announced during a break in the feast, and honor (and a prize) granted to the First Boars Hunt Iron Artisan! Participants are encouraged to bring and share tools and basic supplies that they believe they may want to use.

Feast ticket required for evening: No offboard seating will be available. Feast Cooks are Balin and Balthazar, who are working up a glorious feast for us. Soon will post their contact information for allergy concerns. It’s safe to say that pork is on the menu as our “hunters” have never failed us yet.

Course 1
Pickled Vegetables (Vinegar, Salt, Garlic (some can be made with no garlic), Green Beans, Onions, Radish, Carrots, Cauliflower)
Homemade Bacon (Pork basted with apple cider)
Bread (Can have gluten free bread if needed)

Course 2
Herb Salad (Mixed field greens, Mint, Parsley, Chive)
Balsamic dressing served on the side

Course 3
Pumpkin Soup (yes it was period from 1550 on, although this is not a period recipe) (Smoked Pumpkin, Chicken Stock, Onion, Garlic, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice)
Cream on side for those who want it
Bacon Crumbles for topping if desired
Bread (Can have gluten free bread if needed)

Course 4
Whole Pig (Apple Juice, Onion Powder, Garlic, Paprika, Salt & Pepper, Possible Lemon and oranges)
Chicken (See above for spice mix)
Homemade Mustard (Mustard Seeds, Vinegar, White Wine, Salt & Sugar)
Ginger Applesauce (Ginger, Apples, Salt, Nutmeg)
Roasted Root Vegetables (Turnips, Carrots, Beets, Onion, Garlic)
Barley with Mushrooms (Barley, Mushrooms, Onions, Salt)

Course 5
Apple Fruit Tarts (Puff Pastry, Apples, Apricot Jelly, Cinnamon, Nutmeg)


Event Steward : Angelitta DeGuzman ( 510-517-4508

Event Schedule: 
Fighting starts shortly site opens. Feast starts 4ish.
Site Information: 
Start Time: 
Site opens at 10am — Site closes at 10 pm (we appreciate those who stay late and help us clean)
Site Fee: 
By Donation
Feast Fee: 
$15/person (Adults and Children). No off-board seating available.

From I-80 East: Take the Potrero Ave exit. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for San Pablo Ave. Merge onto Potrero Ave., continue as below. From I-80 West: Take the Cutting Blvd exit on the left & turn left. Turn right onto San Pablo Ave. Turn left onto Potrero Ave., continue as below. Continue from all directions: Turn right onto Arlington Blvd. Turn left onto Thors Bay Rd. Take the 1st right onto James Place. Destination will be on the right.