Feast of the Bear

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The Feast of the Bear is one of the largest annual events in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Hosted by the Barony of Septentria and the Canton of Eoforwic, the Feast of the Bear consists of both armoured combat and fencing tournaments, an extensive merchanting area, arts and sciences competitions, Court and a feast.

What makes the event unique is it's setting, Casa Loma, a large historical mansion in Toronto, Ontario. The mansion, one of Canada's most famous landmarks, was built in the early 20th century as a fantasy "castle" by the eccentric financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Currently operated by the Kiwanis club of Toronto as a museum and tourist attraction, it is loaned to the Royal Citie for one day a year, in exchange for a number of demos at inner-city schools.

Much of the museum remains open to the public during the event, so it is also one of the few annual events in Ealdormere where there is much interaction between mundanes and SCAdians. Anyone attending the Feast of the Bear should expect to have their pictures taken repeatedly as the day progresses. Fortunately, all attendees are given access to the museum as part of their site fees.

The tourneys and market are typically held in and around the stables during the day. Court and Feast are held in the main mansion after the museum closes, and are a private function of the SCA.

Feast of the Bear is a damp site in the evening, with no outside alcohol permitted.