dishes and cooking demonstrations.
The Renaissance Faire Food & Cooking demonstrations were very interesting to see. Like the butter sculpting demonstration below.
This particular faire is centered on Queen Elizabeth I during her "Royal Progress" period
where she visited various palaces and royal stately homes throughout England.
The St. Ives Guild whose members demonstrated 16th Century crafting and
cooking skills throughout the day.
Since the people of that time period did not waste food, pickling was a great way to make vegetables last.
They had a cool demonstration on pickling assorted vegetables which was very interesting to hear.
They also had a bread making demonstration where they baked bread
in cast iron pots like the one below. If you look carefully, you can see that they have burning bits
of wood and other material sitting on the lid of the cast iron pot. This is to evenly distribute the heat and keep the pot hot while the bread bakes.
The brick oven is built on the ground and can hold various sized
cooking pots. The one below is being used to make soup.
They used simple tools,
ingredients (like fruits and vegetables), and
occasionally they would have access to spices.