Royal Flagship Tavern - Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

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Royal Flagship Tavern - Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

Royal Flagship Tavern - Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI
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Animal Abuse, Unsanitary, and Possibly Child Labor?
May 2021
First 5 minutes at this festival and both my friend and I were ready to cry. I saw the tortoises in their little area first, they seemed okay, so I kept going. Then there was the alligator enclosure, if you could even call it that as it was so tiny. There was essentially just a puddle of water for them in a small area. The handlers went in, grabbed the alligators by their tails and just dragged them around on the dirt to entertain the crowd. The gators weren't even fighting back, they were so resigned to what was happening. They also looked underfed. The handlers also decided to "wrestle" a gator who kind of jumped up a little while being taunted. Kids (presumably the handlers children?) were also walking around the fair holding baby alligators (mouths were taped closed). Then came the elephant. Elephants are social creatures and need more of their kind to survive. There was only one and based off of the (clearly inaccurate) back story, they only own one (no way do these people honestly love and care about this animal). The elephant was skinny, had an off color, looked depressed, and was forced to give rides to people (this has been proven to cause serious back problems for them as their spines aren't meant for extra weight). To make the elephant walk around, one of the handlers walked next to it and tried to inconspicuously poke its legs with a pointy metal stick. I entirely skipped over the petting zoo. Couldn't help but see the "unicorn". I got closer to look at the horse with the horn stuck on its head. I didn't see any string. So either they used a very thin string (which I don't see working without digging into the horse's skin) or the horn was glued to the poor horse's head. Either way, just like all the other animals at this horror fest, it looked terrified, tired, and sad. There was also jousting which I completely avoided for obvious reasons and a stand with owls, which when I walked to an angle to see behind the table, I saw the cages for the birds and they were too tiny. Onto the unsanitary and possibly child labor complaint. I went on a Saturday, so I don't know if these kids were working during the week or just the weekend. However, they had kids making the food in some areas, helping out with animals, etc. I am all for kids helping with the family business, but within reason and in a safe way. My friend ordered an ice cream cone, I saw two kids in the back of the food stand taking the orders from an adult and assembling it. No one had masks or gloves on. I watched the kid wipe all over his face (mouth, nose, eyes...) grab the cone with said hand and start the ice cream machine. Which didn't want to work so then his hands were all over the spout trying to see if it was clogged or something. When it started working his face was so close his nose almost touched the ice cream in the cone. He then handed it to another kid who put the cone part in a napkin, held it until the adult came over to take it and give it to my kid. It was also so dirty at the festival due to all the grass dying and the ground essentially being just dirt that the vanilla ice cream had a brown tinge in seconds. Everyone was also completely coated in dirt, it was coming out of my nose and ears. My contacts were horribly irritated. Even the employees were complaining, it must have been horrible for them to work in that. I hope no one had asthma. I could go on forever. There were also bugs on the clothing at the booths. Overall, I am very upset that I gave this event $20. The only good part was Kathy with her bonsai trees. She was extremely nice and really cared about her merchandise. She gave everyone who bought a tree her number to contact at anytime if they had any questions about caring for the tree.

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Tina V.
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Animal Abuse, Unsanitary, and Possibly Child Labor?
May 2021
First 5 minutes at this festival and both my friend and I were ready to cry. I saw the tortoises in their little area first, they seemed okay, so I kept going. Then there was the alligator enclosure, if you could even call it that as it was so tiny. There was essentially just a puddle of water for them in a small area. The handlers went in, grabbed the alligators by their tails and just dragged them around on the dirt to entertain the crowd. The gators weren't even fighting back, they were so resigned to what was happening. They also looked underfed. The handlers also decided to "wrestle" a gator who kind of jumped up a little while being taunted. Kids (presumably the handlers children?) were also walking around the fair holding baby alligators (mouths were taped closed). Then came the elephant. Elephants are social creatures and need more of their kind to survive. There was only one and based off of the (clearly inaccurate) back story, they only own one (no way do these people honestly love and care about this animal). The elephant was skinny, had an off color, looked depressed, and was forced to give rides to people (this has been proven to cause serious back problems for them as their spines aren't meant for extra weight). To make the elephant walk around, one of the handlers walked next to it and tried to inconspicuously poke its legs with a pointy metal stick. I entirely skipped over the petting zoo. Couldn't help but see the "unicorn". I got closer to look at the horse with the horn stuck on its head. I didn't see any string. So either they used a very thin string (which I don't see working without digging into the horse's skin) or the horn was glued to the poor horse's head. Either way, just like all the other animals at this horror fest, it looked terrified, tired, and sad. There was also jousting which I completely avoided for obvious reasons and a stand with owls, which when I walked to an angle to see behind the table, I saw the cages for the birds and they were too tiny.

Onto the unsanitary and possibly child labor complaint. I went on a Saturday, so I don't know if these kids were working during the week or just the weekend. However, they had kids making the food in some areas, helping out with animals, etc. I am all for kids helping with the family business, but within reason and in a safe way. My friend ordered an ice cream cone, I saw two kids in the back of the food stand taking the orders from an adult and assembling it. No one had masks or gloves on. I watched the kid wipe all over his face (mouth, nose, eyes...) grab the cone with said hand and start the ice cream machine. Which didn't want to work so then his hands were all over the spout trying to see if it was clogged or something. When it started working his face was so close his nose almost touched the ice cream in the cone. He then handed it to another kid who put the cone part in a napkin, held it until the adult came over to take it and give it to my kid. It was also so dirty at the festival due to all the grass dying and the ground essentially being just dirt that the vanilla ice cream had a brown tinge in seconds. Everyone was also completely coated in dirt, it was coming out of my nose and ears. My contacts were horribly irritated. Even the employees were complaining, it must have been horrible for them to work in that. I hope no one had asthma. I could go on forever. There were also bugs on the clothing at the booths.

Overall, I am very upset that I gave this event $20. The only good part was Kathy with her bonsai trees. She was extremely nice and really cared about her merchandise. She gave everyone who bought a tree her number to contact at anytime if they had any questions about caring for the tree.
Written May 23, 2021
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greg b
Trenton, OH159 contributions
reason for the refest trip
Mar 2020
went to this festival because we enjoy the ohio festival, and it's been since 2006 since i've been to this one,the costumes were very unique, reaiiy liked the food selection,the setting for this festival is really good because of all the trees. i can't wait till next year to go back.
Written March 14, 2020
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marjoriee199
44 contributions
Loved Seeing the Costumes
Mar 2020
We attend Michigan's Renaissance Festival every year. This was the 1st time we attended Tampa's. It's a little smaller than Michigan's, but just as much fun. We always love seeing the costumes. Lots of free events--you can tip to show appreciation, but it's not required. The Wheel of Death is really thrilling and well worth seeing. The shops offered a great variety of clothing and accessories. All in all a very good experience.
Written March 5, 2020
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Lnsigns
Dayton, OH58 contributions
Steeping back in time
Feb 2020
Wanted something else to do besides amusement park, was glad we stopped
Have been to the Festival in Ohio, liked this one better
Laid out nice, loved the Mud Pit
Thought it was worth the visit

You can buy your tickets on line to avoid the lines at the ticket booth.
Enter to the left if you have tickets
Written February 28, 2020
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Archway_Travel_LLC
Clinton Township, MI51 contributions
Great bartenders!
Mar 2019 • Friends
The bartenders at the Royal Flagship were amazing on St. Paddy's weekend. They kept up with the crowds and were having a lot of fun. The band in the pub was also fantastic!
Written March 24, 2019
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Kathie S
Fort Myers, United States6 contributions
Always a good time
Mar 2019 • Friends
This festival is always a blast. It is outdoors in late Winter in Florida and it is raw with no foo-foo frills. You're likely to sweat. You're likely to get dirty. It may even rain on you. But the beverages are cold, the entertainers are great, the shopping is plentiful and the food is good. The pub crawl is the best!!!
Written March 17, 2019
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rickbrennanrn
Trinity, FL463 contributions
Not worth the price of admission
Mar 2019 • Friends
Hit the festival up over St Patrivk's Day weekend after getting some surprised guests looking for something to do. Over $80 for 4 of us to walk around a hot dust box for about 2 hours. Vendors selling the same things that you see at every renaissance fair everywhere and at the same higher than should be prices. Beers were overpriced, but I guess they could have been even higher, hence the 2 rating. We had gone a few years ago, but decided to give it another shot. Looked exactly the same, down to some of the same people dressed exactly as the same characters. walking past the same vendors. I guess this is your thing if you are one of the way too into it people dressed head to toe in theme walking around while reveling in finally being accepted for being you, but rather certain this was our last trip.
Written March 17, 2019
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corollaclub98
Lakeland, FL2,628 contributions
Dusty , Hot but still had Fun
Mar 2019 • Couples
I just hate it that when they come around it is always muggy and hot in Florida , This year there wasn't as much as dust because the laid mulch down but it was ok .

I walked around and it was fun to see people dressed up and took in the old way of living .

Just wish they would do it on a cooler month cause it makes it hard to dress up and not sweat . but overall you will have a good time .
Written March 11, 2019
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Barbara W
Rochester NY167 contributions
I love this Faire!
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is one of my favorite Faires, and I have been to lots. Great acts, tons of wonderful artisans, a shaded site, and really nice people. The performers and employees love interacting with the patrons in a way I have only seen at a few faires, It is a lot more genuine than some of the bigger faires. The price is good too. I come back every year.

It's family friendly, altough the walkways aren't paved, so it might be a little rough for strollers, though I saw plenty of them.
Written March 7, 2019
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Fair_reviewer_NC
Greensboro, NC112 contributions
PRIMITIVE PATHETIC PAINFUL
Mar 2018 • Friends
Having visited Renaissance Fair in Gold Canyon AZ last year, I was thrilled to learn that one is in Tampa - until we arrived..... Now that I can compare, the fair in Tampa is a HUGE FAILURE.
We arrived Saturday shortly after they opened - Bathrooms were already disgusting, apparently not cleaned once in those past 6 weekends the event is already running.
Joust match should be renamed Joke match - the "Arena" is a serious Joke as well.
Free Daily Parade - where and what time ?
Well thank you very much for major screw up organizers ! We left 2 hours later, it was really this bad....
ONE Star for all the vendors who had to suffer in those primitive conditions for 7 weekends.
If you really want to see a good renaissance festival go to Grand Canyon in AZ, lookup pictures online
They have built an entire city, bricks and sticks, bathrooms are clean and plentiful, the Joust Arena is huge, you can even rent a costume at the entrance.
Written March 19, 2018
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