On Saturday we began our day with a Magical high tea at local tea room Tranquilatea
. They had floating candles and little HP decorations on the walls. The teas were listed as Professor Snape’s potions, and I went with Ravenclaw (my house blend) featuring chocolate as smooth and dark as a raven’s wing with notes of coconut and macadamia nuts. The food included items like Professor Sprout’s fruit salad, golden snitch scones, pumpkin pastie finger sandwiches, peanut butter chocolate frogs, treacle tarts, mini banoffie pies, and butterbeer bars. It was lots of fun and everything was very tasty!
Afterwards we went walking around downtown. The mainstreet was closed off to cars and there were some fun vendors like brooms & wands.
There was a map and free scavenger hunt where you could visit local businesses to pick up all your items for Hogwarts. Lots of local businesses decorated for the occasion.
There was a free care of magical creatures demo, Gildroy Lockhart book signing, paint parties, a showing of Harry Potter And The Sorcerers Stone, quidditch, free wand making workshops, a free Nearly Headless Nick’s 524th Deathday Party, magic show, Wizarding Trivia Tournament, and Harry Potter-themed artwork in the downtown galleries.
The website for the festival is here
incase you’d like to come next year. I can’t wait for the festival to grow even bigger and better each year.
On friday evening after my class we all walked downtown for a special Potter Party at a local restaurant called Christine’s. There were so many great costumes! As we walked inside we were given a wrist band and a goodie bag which held Harry Potter glasses, a chocolate frog, movie ticket for Fantastic Beasts, and a golden snitch.
Once inside there was all kinds of finger food and butterbeer. There was a costume contest, and door prizes, and afterwards we headed next door to the movie theater for the viewing of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find them. It was quite a full day with my class prep and after the movie we didn’t get home until after midnight. Just one more day of HP goodness to report and then I have a little paper printable to share.
One of the exciting things about the Wizarding Festival was I was going to be teaching my first ceramics class. I’ll be teaching one class each month ages 13 and up. Because of course I love any excuse to make things that follow a theme I had to make Harry Potter treat prop boxes to go with the snacks for my class.
The students created cauldron mugs, and use alphabet noodles to create a one of a kind piece.
I made butterbeer fudge using this recipe
, boy oh boy was it sweet! I had candy from Honeydukes and butterbeer to drink (our drinking butterbeer was really vanilla ice cream and cream soda with butterscotch syrup)
I can’t wait to show you the mugs again once they are glazed and fired. You can find my upcoming classes on the Ceramic Guild’s website here
. My September class is doily bowls
, and Oct a Halloween witch or pumpkin ring holder