The winds of war are once again blowing toward our beautiful
Shire of Hartwood. Word of our regal hunting dogs has spread
across the land and many have expressed desire to have them as
their own. We are calling to our allies to help defend our
land against those who would try to take what is ours.
Fighters come show us your strength, Archers come show us
your skills. Artisans come show us your creativity and help us
honor and decorate our dogs, Cooks come and help us feed the
Contests to be held:
Barding was a way to armour horses and display heraldry. From
decorated reigns to long and graceful cloaks over their hind
quarters (Caparisons), horses have been dandied up for war and
tourneys throughout the middle ages.
But why should they get all the fun?
Modernly there are many people who dress up their dogs, bling
out their leashes or halters, and even have their dogs wear little
booties in winter. Lets do it medievally -- with doggie
Entrants will be judged on aesthetics (with bonus points for
hidden functionality and other such cleverness) and documentation.
"Oh no," you say! "Don't make me write all the words! They scare
me!" Fear not! This competition is meant to be entirely tongue in
cheek. We want to see your inspiration, and to follow your journey.
This is a good time to -practice- writing documentation, without
taking it too seriously. Verbal documentation is welcome too!
And, if you have no dog of your own to dress, some may be
willing to lend you theirs (contact ahead of time!), or a stuffed
doggie will do.
Saint Guinefort - A Dog in Any Medium
Dogs have long been considered man's best friend, and no dog
embodies this more than 'Saint' Guinefort, a 13th century greyhound
unofficially sainted by popular demand after he saved his master's
infant son, only to be slain when his Master mistakenly believed he
had eaten the child.
Painted, sewn, carved, or sung -- lets find a way to honour this
noble hound, and all those dogs who provide such loyal and brave
Competition will be judged on how well it embodies the spirit of
the theme, aesthetics, and period techniques.
Once again we will be having an Iron Cauldron competition at the
This year entrants will be asked to create both a sweet and
savory dish using the three mystery ingredients provided.
The first mystery ingredient will be flavouring, which may be an
herb or spice. The second ingredient will be a protein and the
third will be a fruit or vegetable.
While cookbook recipes are allowed, we will also accept original
dishes which are done in a period manner using appropriate
We will only be providing the three mystery ingredients, but you
are also allowed to use ingredients brought from home or those
acquired that day.
While you can borrow or share another person's kitchen facilities
and ingredients, the cooking must be done by the registered entrant
Each contestant must sign up by 11 am on Saturday but you may email
your intention to enter the competition instead, by emailing me at
email@example.com before Friday at 6pm.
There will be a Young Cooks category for those 16 and under. Please
inform us if you are in this category when you register.
Those wishing to compete will meet Saturday at 2pm, at which time
they can ask any questions and get their three
The dishes must be submitted by Saturday at 5pm for
Judging will be based on:
1. How period are the dishes. This takes into consideration the
ingredients and methods used.
2. How the dishes are presented. This takes into consideration the
differences in how various cultures and time periods served their
3. How the three mystery ingredients are incorporated into the
4. How the dishes taste. While each time period had differences in
their perception of what tastes good, we are dealing with modern
palates, so keep that in mind.
Bardic: Bring your best Dog themed poem, story or song to entertain
us around the fire. We will be able to have a real fire this
Potluck Feast Saturday evening.
Fees: Adult $25 ($20 with proof of membership), Children
18 under free.
No potable water on site
Dogs must be on a leash at all times, please pick up after your
pet. We will have a dog park set up.
Gates Open Friday 12pm.
12:00 Gates Open
Evening left open for games and fire
9:00 am Opening Meet and Greet
9:30 - 10:30 Armour Inspection
10:30 - 1:00 War!!
2:00 Iron Cauldron Meeting
2:00 - 3:00 A&S Presentation and Judging
2:00 - 3:00 Archery Inspection
3:00 - 5:00 Archer Competition
4:00 - 6:00 Inkle Loom Class
5:00 Iron Cauldron Judging
5:30 Potluck Dinner
6:00 List open for Torchlight Tourney
7:00 - 9:00 Torchlight Tourney
9:00 - 10:00 Bardic Competition
3:00 Site Closed
Site Info: Name: Ravenskey Castle Site 5222 Kingston St Port Alberni, BC V9Y *H9
Directions to Site:
Last Event's Directions:
Directions to the Site
5222 Kingston St. Port Alberni, B.C.
From Lower/Middle Island - From the Inland Island Hwy take the
Port Alberni side of the Qualicum Beach/Port Alberni exit and merge
onto Hwy 4. From Upper Island -
From the Inland Island Hwy take the Port Alberni exit and turn
right onto Hwy 4. Follow Hwy 4 as it enters Port Alberni and takes
you past a Coombs Country Candy shop on your right. Pass this and
continue to stay to the right until you reach the lights at the far
end of the Walmart/Extra foods lot. Turn right at these lights onto
Cherry Creek Road. Follow the road straight through the four way
stop and past the store until you come to Cowley Road. Turn left
onto Cowley and follow the road as it becomes Best Road. Follow
Best until you come to Kitsuksis Road. Turn right onto Kitsuksis
and then take the next left onto Kingston Road. Proceed to the end
of this gravel road, slowing down as you reach the gate at the end.
Proceed slowly as there are children and animals around. Go to the
end of the winding drive and you will find the castle
Note that the above Weather and Map information is generated from the site address and can be easily confused. The weather will say if its for the branch or for the site. It will be for the site if the site can be found, but this again is not always the case, and if the site is some distance from the branch then the weather may be different.