Mardi Gras & Oktoberfest 2021

Dave

TS Founding Member
Something vaguely Madri Gras related?

That would depend on a vendor supplying that sort or food option. My point is there was no way they would get a budget for in house speciality food in year 1.

Remember when Scarefest started the entire scare maze offering was outsourced. Towers didn’t take control until the event had been proven as a success.
 

swalesuk01

TS Member
I understand that for year one full internal catering offering is not practical. At the same time surely they could have at least made the effort to get one van that offered street food from the festival they are promoting other than cake.

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jon81uk

TS Member
Remember when Scarefest started the entire scare maze offering was outsourced. Towers didn’t take control until the event had been proven as a success.

Was it really? I thought Terror in the Towers was run in house even before the Scarefest branding came along.
 

pluk

TS Member
That would depend on a vendor supplying that sort or food option. My point is there was no way they would get a budget for in house speciality food in year 1.

Wouldn't need to be in house at all. There are many many vendors out there with catering offerings that would be at least vaguely 'on theme' for a Mardi Gras event. Cajun stews, jambalaya, deep fried everything with hot sauce. These are some of the easiest food styles to do well at mass catering with quick service, as seen at festivals up and down the land each summer.

Greek souvlaki might be delicious, but what's it got to do with Mardi Gras?
 

Dave

TS Founding Member
Wouldn't need to be in house at all. There are many many vendors out there with catering offerings that would be at least vaguely 'on theme' for a Mardi Gras event. Cajun stews, jambalaya, deep fried everything with hot sauce. These are some of the easiest food styles to do well at mass catering with quick service, as seen at festivals up and down the land each summer.

Greek souvlaki might be delicious, but what's it got to do with Mardi Gras?

And if those vendors had wanted to work at Towers they certainly would have been invited. Clearly they didn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have gone for a Mardi Gras theme myself and done something a little more generic food and wine but I’m open to seeing what comes out of all of this.
 

Skyscraper

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Nemesis
This is a Mardi Gras inspired takeover.

Nobody said it *was* Mardi Gras.

Right?

Just get me some atmosphere, get me some yummy food and a pint of beer and frankly I am happy.
Exactly. For a start, if it *was* Mardi Gras, it would be in Feb :p
 

Ben

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This is a Mardi Gras inspired takeover.

Nobody said it *was* Mardi Gras.

Right?

Just get me some atmosphere, get me some yummy food and a pint of beer and frankly I am happy.

I seem to remember you not being impressed with Octoberfest food and drink offerings not being up to scratch last year because it wasn't German beer or foods...

Theres a stretch from "inspired by" to Yorkshire puddings. Theres certainly food vans a plenty that offer more, lets say, appropriate, food offerings.
I don't care who provides the food, in house, outhouse, round the back for a £5 with a handshake... just make it make sense.
Like everyone else, im pleased to see ANY F&B improvements and some entertainment, but there's being lenient with some oddities and just rolling over and accepting anything because its better than nothing.
 

Dave

TS Founding Member
I seem to remember you not being impressed with Octoberfest food and drink offerings not being up to scratch last year because it wasn't German beer or foods...

Theres a stretch from "inspired by" to Yorkshire puddings. Theres certainly food vans a plenty that offer more, lets say, appropriate, food offerings.
I don't care who provides the food, in house, outhouse, round the back for a £5 with a handshake... just make it make sense.
Like everyone else, im pleased to see ANY F&B improvements and some entertainment, but there's being lenient with some oddities and just rolling over and accepting anything because its better than nothing.

It was German beer and food, the food variety was limited and very expensive which was the main criticism last year for Octoberfest (£8 for bratwurst).

There are a lot of vendors for German food in the uk though, suspect there are fewer offering the style of food more associated with Mardi Gras and you have to persuade them to attend. As I say I would have gone with a more generic food and drink festival theme but most visitors won’t give a monkeys.
 

Matt N

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It would appear that they’re strategising some sort of around-the-park entertainment for Mardi Gras, with stages now appearing in Fountain Square, Forbidden Valley and Mutiny Bay:

I wonder what it could be?
 

AT86

TS Member
It would appear that they’re strategising some sort of around-the-park entertainment for Mardi Gras, with stages now appearing in Fountain Square, Forbidden Valley and Mutiny Bay:

From the parks website.

Each themed area of the park will be represented by its very own flamboyantly dressed ‘Krewe’ with its own static parade float! Throughout the day, each Krewe will be ‘takin it to the streets’ for some high-energy live entertainment filling the streets with all the colours and energy that Mardi Gras has to offer!
 

Thameslink Rail

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The Smiler
Whilst I love this new event and the attention to food and shows that the park really needs. With two weeks to go the website is still saying 10-5, I do hope someone updates that sooner rather than later to avoid confusion especially as they are advertising 'sunset rides'.
 

WickerwomanH

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I think voodoo and witch doctors are pretty common themes with Mardi Gras. Just look at the Disney movie the Princess and the Frog.
Sorry I was unclear, I know that there is the link to Mardi Gras, but I meant the style of it seemed odd to me. If I was a kid I think it'd give me nightmares!
 

Dave

TS Founding Member
Whilst I love this new event and the attention to food and shows that the park really needs. With two weeks to go the website is still saying 10-5, I do hope someone updates that sooner rather than later to avoid confusion especially as they are advertising 'sunset rides'.

I suspect the weather is making them nervous
 

AstroDan

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I seem to remember you not being impressed with Octoberfest food and drink offerings not being up to scratch last year because it wasn't German beer or foods...

Theres a stretch from "inspired by" to Yorkshire puddings. Theres certainly food vans a plenty that offer more, lets say, appropriate, food offerings.
I don't care who provides the food, in house, outhouse, round the back for a £5 with a handshake... just make it make sense.
Like everyone else, im pleased to see ANY F&B improvements and some entertainment, but there's being lenient with some oddities and just rolling over and accepting anything because its better than nothing.

I totally agree with you.
 
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