|Festival cups were sold out. Sold out seemed to be a theme for a lot of things|
We headed out there late morning on Saturday. We got stuck in traffic for a long time as we got close to the festival. Eventually, I kicked Roger out of the car while he went to find a bathroom and I went to park the car. He doesn't do well at being stuck in traffic, and I use the opportunity to sing in the car, and paint my nails.
Parking was not available anywhere near the festival, so I ended up parking about 1 mile away.
I walked with many witches and wizards to the festival, saw a Hagrid, students from all houses, but mostly Gryffindors. This was amazing! I know a lot of people love Harry Potter and seeing them dressed up, declaring that love was very a great experience! It made me wish I had dressed up.
I found Roger and we started walking the very crowded streets. Each shop had a Harry Potter Themed name, and a lot had some type of HP merchandise.
We got in line at a candy shop for chocolate frogs, but by the time we got to the register, they were sold out. The Festival was only about 2 hours in, and things were already sold out in many places.
|The awesome mural at the coffee / candy shop we stopped at|
We went to try to find some food, but all the places had really long lines. We wanted to eat at a place called Molly Weasley's Kitchen, but the line was just too long.
After walking the crowded streets, we lined up at a burger tent. While waiting, we spotted this awesome and creative person :
The burger was the most delicious Festival Burger I have EVER had!! It was fresh, juicy and the bun was fresh baked and crunchy! I loved it!
|The Pretzel Sword was delicious !|
|There was a line to take a picture with Aunt Petunia|
Everything was Harry Potter Themed!
A favorite was Professon Trelawney Tarot reading!
The whole festival was amazing to me. Yes, it was crowded, and there were huge lines for everything, but I would absolutely go back next year.
But it wouldn't be fair to leave this post without Roger's complaints about the event.
* Lines were too long for everything
* There were not enough bathrooms for the amount of people that were there- I had to use a portable toilet that was overflowing. As a runner, I can say that I have seen many, and very strange things at portable toilets, but an overflowing portable toilet had not been one.
* Lines for food were too long
* Traffic getting in was a nightmare
* Everything was sold out early
If you are interested in going, the event is held every fall in October. Check the website for dates. I would strongly recommend spending the night to avoid traffic, and go after eating.
Here are a few articles on the event.
If you are not a Harry Potter fan, but you still skim through this post, Thank you!
Tell me about you!
What fictional fandom would you attend a festival for? I would not mind attending a Doctor Who festival!
How do you deal with large crowds?
Do you prefer to be stuck in traffic, or to hear somebody complain about traffic?
What do you do when stuck in traffic?