The Renaissance, according to Wikipedia, lasted from roughly the 14th
century to the 17th
century, beginning in Italy and spreading to the rest of Europe in “a flowering of literature, science, art, religion, and politics, and a resurgence of learning…” Not surprisingly, this period in history when Europe made the transition from the dark ages into the modern era is a topic of great fascination for many people, especially the revelry and excess in costume and cuisine that marked the period.
Each year the Florida Renaissance Festival brings a taste of the Renaissance to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, and this year the celebration marks its 22nd anniversary. Visiting kings and queens will all claim land for their respective countries, and the festival’s makeshift village will be packed with artisans and crafts people selling and demonstrating their wares, not to mention rides, nearly a dozen stages featuring continuous entertainment, and hearty food and drink of the time.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to sunset for six weekends, from Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 16, plus President’s Day, Monday, February 17. Admission is $20 for ages 12 and up, $9 for ages 6 to 11, and free for ages 5 and under. Group rates and season tickets are also available. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect.
For additional information, call Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100 or the festival at 954-776-1642, or visit Ren-Fest.com. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #14 and #48.