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Barony of Tarnmist Harvest Feast

Saturday November 23rd, 2019
San Luis Obispo, California

Bienvenue! Baroness Mira of Tarnmist invites each of you to our fall Harvest Feast on November 23rd 2019. Similar to an American Thanksgiving, the Bénichon is a weekend of fanfare and family celebrations. The festivities mark the end of désalpes, or the return of the cows from grazing in the high alpine meadows during summer months. The dairy farmers, who have been living in chalets, fill their blue wagons with cheese-making equipment and begin the eight-hour walk back to the village alongside their flower-adorned herd. This reunion of friends and family calls for a celebratory, six-course meal that can easily last eight hours. the Bénichon is unique to the French-speaking villages within the canton of Fribourg.

The word Benichon comes from the Latin benediction the Benichon was originally a religious festival celebrating the anniversary of the dedication of the parish church. This festival is difficult to date: it goes back to distant times, which are lost in the Archives but the oldest text evoking the Bénichon dates from the 15th century.


Adorning cows with flowers, small wooden cows and artificial flowers will be provided and people are invited to decorate them as they will be the table center piece decorations.

Rapier Symposium, Master of Defense Symon Montgomery du Calvados will be offering a beginner level and introduction to rapier instruction with a hands on class for those who are interested.

Possible Rapier tournament, If we have sufficient people to participate a rapier tournament will be held.

Feast to be posted on event page.

Harvest fashion contest, Baroness Mira requests that we festoon ourselves with harvest wreaths. There will be contests with awards made with joy by her hands.

Please RSVP for feast by Tuesday November 19th.

Event Steward: Bastian Tornir (Boone Turnbauer) — Phone: (702) 339-1060 — E-mail —

Site Information: 
Start Time: 
Site opens: 3pm, feast served: 5:30pm, Site closes: 8pm
Feast Fee: 
Age 12 and over $20; under 12 $10; ages 4 and under free.

From North: Take the US 101 South into San Luis Obispo. Take exit 202A for Marsh St. The Masonic Lodge will be on the left.
From South: Take the US 101 North into San Luis Obispo. Take exit 202A for Marsh St. The Masonic Lodge will be on the right.
Parking: The parking structure next door charges $1.50 per hour metered parking until 6pm. There is plenty of paid parking nearby as well.