Renaissance Festival hosts food parade
By Larry Hook
The Lookout Adviser
Due to COVID-19, The Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly is taking a new form this year.
The festival is hosting the first-ever drive-through Michigan Renaissance Festival Food Parade. The event is a meandering drive-through experience featuring 30 festival favorite foods, entertainment, vendors and a chance to support a Michigan tradition.
“Festival on Parade will adhere to the COVID Preparedness Plan in place,” according to Kathy A Parker, general manager of the festival. “This plan is built on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oakland County Health Department, along with federal OSHA standards.
“All employees will be wearing a face covering and will be following social distancing guidelines.”
All vehicles will follow the same one-way route through the fairgrounds. Participants should plan for a multi-hour experience with entertainment, a trivia contest and activities along the way.
A limited number of vehicle tickets are being sold for this event and must be purchased online. For the past three weekends, cost has been $20 per vehicle ticket (fees extra, sales tax included). However this weekend, Sept. 26 and 27, the cost will be just $10 with a special promotional code (PARADE).
Proceeds will support Michigan Renaissance Festival operations in a year when the cancellation of the fair leaves the organization without revenue to maintain facilities and prepare for next year’s fair, Parker said.
To buy tickets, get directions or more information about the food parade, go to https://www.michrenfest.com/festival-parade/