Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Eat like a queen at the British Faire on Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 7:07 AM

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  • You'll almost feel like you're dining in Downton Abbey...in Lenexa!
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Lift a cup for the Queen Mum, wont you?
  • Lift a cup for Her Royal Highness, won't you?
No, there's not a bit of spotted dick on the menu for the high tea served at this Saturday's British Faire, but one of the vendors selling English-made products (including the Lawrence-based shop, Brits, and the Better Cheddar) might be selling a tin or two of the sponge pudding in the boutique shopping section of the Faire, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak in Lenexa. For the last 27 years, the Bard of Avon chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire have hosted an event celebrating all things British. The event features a traditional high tea, with seatings between 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. (no reservations are taken; it's a first-come, first-served soiree), featuring egg salad and cucumber finger sandwiches, scones, sausage rolls, jam tarts and plenty of freshly brewed PG Tips hot tea.

The cost of the tea is $14 (or 8.76 Pound Sterling, if you simply insist on paying in the currency of the U.K.), which includes admission to the Faire — and features live entertainment, organized activities for small children, and a visit by the queen of the Renaissance Festival). To visit the Faire without the tea costs $4.

There will also be information on becoming a member of one of the local chapters of the Daughters of the British Empire. If you can trace your heritage back to the land of Shakespeare, Dame Maggie Smith and Mick Jagger — it should be a cup of tea.

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