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Great Dickens Christmas Fair News

Op-Ed: The end of an era for local thespians as faire founder passes on Special

Novato - It is the end of an era, especially for local thespians in the San Francisco Bay Area as the news of the death of Renaissance Pleasure Faire and The Great Dickens Christmas Fair founder Phyllis Patterson was announced this past May. She died on May 18.

Op-Ed: Dickens Fair gives witness to the fact Victorians were foodies Special

San Francisco - "Food Glorious Food!" That is one of the songs from the Broadway musical "Oliver" and according to historians that is very appropriate because Victorians were "foodies," especially Charles Dickens.

Victorian and Gold Rush Era converge for Holiday Tea time Special

San Francisco - Tea and toys, what can be more pleasant? As fall turns to winter, these are reminders that it is that time of year again for holiday season events in San Francisco. Two such events that will usher festivities in early in the season are

San Francisco's Old Mint will host a Holiday Tea with sparkle Special

San Francisco - Local historians have much to celebrate this holiday season, especially the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society and the Great Dickens Fair's commemoration of the author's 200th Birthday.

Op-Ed: Annual Dickens Fair commemorates author's 200th Birthday Special

San Francisco - This year is very special to the cast and crew of the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair because 2012 marks the 200th Birthday of author Charles Dickens.
 

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A special High Afternoon Tea was offered to members of the press opening weekend of Nov. 23 to Nov. ...
A special High Afternoon Tea was offered to members of the press opening weekend of Nov. 23 to Nov. 25, 2012. Visitors to the fair can enjoy tea served any time of the day during the entire run of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair at San Francisco's Cow Palace until Dec. 23. Enjoy fresh brewed tea along with Victorian style specialties of fresh baked scones with "clotted cream" cucumber sandwiches and delicious rum cakes, just to name a few of the items on the tea service menu.
Courtesy of Denise Lamott and The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
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 Alcohol was also a recurring element in Dickens’ stories   says food historian and culinary exper...
"Alcohol was also a recurring element in Dickens’ stories," says food historian and culinary expert, Tori Avey. "Though drinking was largely frowned upon in Victorian society, says Avey, Dickens was known to enjoy visiting taverns and public houses." Seen here is one of the many vendor establishments at the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA.
Rich Yee
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Some of the cast of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair will be the carolers at the Afternoon Tea at th...
Some of the cast of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair will be the carolers at the Afternoon Tea at the Old Mint on Dec. 4. Both events share a common theme, the Victorian Era at holiday time.
Faith Echtermeyer
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Actors  singers  dancers as well as artisans and vendors work very hard to create an authentic Victo...
Actors, singers, dancers as well as artisans and vendors work very hard to create an authentic Victorian holiday experience for all those attending the Great Dickens Christmas Fair each year.
Beppe Sabatini
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Two afternoon tea settings will be provided  one at 12 Noon the other at 3 PM for Dec. 4  2013.
Two afternoon tea settings will be provided, one at 12 Noon the other at 3 PM for Dec. 4, 2013.
by Faith Echtermeyer, courtesy of SF Museum and Historical Society
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