With more than 400 different shops and vendors at the Texas Renaissance Festival, it is easy to stick to what you know instead of branching out, TRF General Manager Terre Albert said in a recent phone interview. But that is the reason why the TRF offers new food, shops, events and activities each year, he said.
This year, four new vendors and two new food items are coming to the TRF, according to a Sept. 4 news release. Tea and Strumpets, a full-service tea room, will offer gourmet teas, mimosas, sandwiches and traditional high tea and afternoon tea services twice a day; the 1574 Founder’s Club, a new private luxury concierge club, will offer private climate-controlled rooms, lockers, drinks and food services; The Royal Pub Crawl will feature a tour of the drinking establishments within New Market Village; and The Scot Shoppe added Scotch tastings to its menu, which will be served on the hour.
Guests familiar with the TV show “Carnival Eats” will recognize the fried ice cream dessert, the Royal Jewel, as well as last year’s Royal Chef Showdown winning dish, The Bierrock—a yeast roll stuffed with spicy ground beef, onions, celery and cabbage, according to the news release.
“We’re really excited about being able to showcase new foods and vendors each year. It makes things different so we’re giving our guests new experiences each time they come,” Albert said.
The Fields of New Market Campgrounds will also feature new amenities this year, Albert said, with two new “glamping” cabins. He said one cabin is able to house six people, while the other is able to house eight people.
“Glamping is the industry term for glamorous camping. It’s high-end, more like someone coming in for you and setting everything up rather than doing it yourself,” Albert said. “We also have glamping tents guests can rent with everything already in it.”
For those interested in renting a cabin, bookings can be made here.