LOTRO Farmers Faire 2020 Guide – Enjoy Food and Fishing at Bywater!

LOTRO Farmers Faire 2020 Event Guide to Quests, Cosmetics, Mounts & Other Rewards

Farmer’s Faire has finally been added to the LOTRO Events Calendar for 2020. Dates also below. Note: this event will run at the same time as Summer Festival

One of the things I love about playing The Lord of the Rings Online is taking part in the events they put on. The event that sits between the Summer Festival and Fall Festival is the LOTRO Farmers Faire, with many of the quests rightly revolving around food! Whether its keeping the market well-stocked, fishing at Bywater or throwing Wine and Water all over the Mayor, the Farmers Faire has a huge variety of activities to enjoy! So, here is the 2019 Faire Guide, along with the rewards you can earn!

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When is the Farmer’s Faire?

Per the LOTRO Events Schedule, the 2020 Farmer’s Faire:

  • Starts: 20th August 2020 (time TBA)
  • Ends: 7th September 2020 (time TBA)

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Festival Travel

While most of the events for the Faire focus around Bywater, there are also quests at Sandson’s Farm and Bamfurlong (see Farms of the Shire). You can use the Fast Travel horses at Bywater instead of riding around The Shire, unless you want to of course!
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Barter Currency and Fish

At the Farmer’s Faire, there are various barter currencies:

  • Farmers Faire Tokens: For Festival Rewards
  • Big Fish
  • Easy Fish
  • Small Fish
  • Puny Fish
  • Other Fish: Possible, Bad, Tricky, Unlikely Fish (These come from the staged Quest Fishy, Very Fishy.

As with the Summer Festival, Barter Fish can be exchanged for additional Event Tokens.

You can comfortably earn 60+ Tokens in 1-2hrs of gameplay. And much more if you’re skilled at the Egg Scramble and the Mushroom Hunt at Farmer Maggot’s.
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Deeds of the Faire

There are some deeds that can only be progressed during the Farmers Faire. Most grant extra tokens, some bestow titles, and one gives you 5 LOTRO Points. Please see Restocking the Market for this one. There’s a special one for the Egg Scramble too.

“Full of Farmers Faire” Deed

There is a ‘wrapper’ deed for this event. You will need to win the Egg Scramble and Mushroom Hunt five times as part of it.

But once you have ticked off all five items you can earn the title: Farmer-friend.

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Fishing Quests

As with the Summer Festival, there are a number of fishing quests. However this time, it’s just at Bywater – so you don’t have to trek to Ered Luin or Bree-land this time. As another bonus these fishing quests are not timed. The Questgiver dialogues also stress that a few of them are based on random numbers. This means regardless of the quality of your rod or how progressed yor fishing hobby is, you have the same odds as every other player!

Big Fish, Little Fish

The aim of this is to catch 7 Big Fish and not catch 5 little fish. This quest is based on chance/random numbers. That means it doesn’t matter how advanced your fishing skill is, and I don’t think the quality of your fishing rod makes any difference either. Even if you fail this quest, depending on how many fish you catch you can exchange some fish for tokens at the barter vendor – so you don’t really “lose out”.
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Fishy, Very Fishy

A variant on the above, Fishy, Very Fishy is a multi-stage quest. The aim is to catch 10 types of “good fish” but not catch one “bad fish”.
Note: this is a Staged quest, with the 10 ‘Good Fish’ being less and less probable – at least as far as I can discern.

I’ve never managed to complete this – and there is a Title available if you do (“Amazing Angler”). But again you can exchange the fish you do catch for Farmers Faire Tokens.
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Pond or Thief?

Goldie Tunnelly has lost a number of items, having had them “stolen” by the Pond at Bywater! You have to fish for them! This is a straightforward fish-until-you-finish job. You need to catch a chair, some spectacles, a tea-cup, a hat and a list of lost goods!

Note: You may receive “You cannot take that” warnings through this quest. I expect that’s where the “invisible dice” rolled an item you have already caught!
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Hired Hook

Petunia Hornblower has been tasked with catching her own fish for dinner, a job normally reserved for her brother. Not realising how much effort (and disguting-ness!) was involved before she ate the fish meals she enjoyed, she instead asks you to help her catch the fish! This is a multi-stage quest but is not all that time consuming:

  1. Dig Up 5 Worms from Moist Earth nearby. Place these in the provided bucket.
  2. As Petunia hates the idea of hooking the worm, you have to do this for her! At the same Bucket as Stage 1.
  3. Catch 5 Suitable Dinner Fish because Petunia doesn’t want to drown the worms!
  4. Go converse with her brother in Hobbiton and then try to get out of helping Petunia for the rest of the day!
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Manning the Market at the LOTRO Farmers Faire

Although a timed mission, you can help all 6 customers out easily within the 15 minute deadline. From collecting items on shopping lists from indecisive hobbits, to waking up lazy vendors, to making a delicious mushroom soup, you can earn 24 Farmers Faire Tokens in short space of time. Very rewarding! Here are the components.
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Shopping List Quests

There are 3 shopping list quests. These are lists made by Hobbits of items they need for the Faire. But you must read them carefully to make sure you pick up the right item. If you pick up a wrong one, then you have to start that list over. As you’re on a time-limit, you don’t want to waste time.

All items are in the Market area outside the Green Dragon in Bywater (See Shire Brew-Master Deed).

Note: I need to update this section as I missed a bunch of screenies because I was trying not to run out of time! But they will follow soon!
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Apple Shopping

This is really easy! Behind the Market Stallholder are 3 crates of Apples. You must rummage around them to find:

  • 1 Golden Apple
  • 3 Green Apples
  • 6 Red Apples

Because the crates are randomly generated, you can loot the same crate over and over until you get what you need. It’s probably less annoying to the other players to do that too.

  • Note: if you get extra Red, Green or Golden Apples keep them for another day as they will still count!

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Fresh Savoury Mushroom Stew

For this quest you must find the recipe for the Fresh Savoury Mushroom Stew and then carry out the recipe’s instructions to make the stew! Unlike the shopping lists, which could be done in any order, you must do this in order. Which makes sense, as it’s a recipe! Here are the main steps to complete this quest:

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A Nosey Request

Hobbits don’t like to do much that requires effort! That includes manning the stalls at the Farmer’s Faire so that the Shire can enjoy a great time! So you need to go and find three “Lazy Vendors” and “encourage” them back to work. Their locations are on the map but you can find them:

  1. Behind the Bar at the Green Dragon
  2. In the Mushroom Tent (where you have just been while making stew)
  3. At the Methel-Stage North East of Bywater
Then just…yell at them!
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Feeding the Fat Mayor

This is The Shire. Food is part of the culture, and possibly the identity, of any hobbit. And the Mayor leads by example.

You have to bring 7 things the Mayor asks for and not bring him 3 things he doesn’t want. This is time-consuming but yields 5 Farmer’s Faire Tokens. However you can do this alongside Bounder Rounds to reduce waiting time!

I didn’t use a cheat-sheet when I first wrote this guide, so here are the lines I figured out for you to use!

  • I need to cleanse my pallat: Wine
  • It’s missing something: Salt
  • Bland bland bland: Salt
  • Nice and salty, but my mouth is now dry: Bucket of Water
  • Bread is too dry: Butter
  • Needs a dab of something: Butter
  • Spicy, spicy, spicy!: Milk
  • Not quite rich enough: Butter
  • Too fine a dish to be eaten without an accompaniment: Wine
  • So Thirsty: Bucket of Water
  • Too much pepper: Milk
  • Need something tart: Wine
  • Did Opal forget to season this? Salt
  • S- s- spicy, save me! Milk
  • All this eating is hard work, I need to replenish! Water

Please be aware that not all comments made by the Mayor require something fetching. If in doubt, wait for another comment. You don’t get penalised for missing an item, only for fetching a wrong one!
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Egg Scramble Event

Warning: if there are three or more other players in this area, come back later to do this!

A fun, timed event, the aim is to pick up 5 White Eggs dropped by frantic, clucking chickens before the time runs out! Other players will be racing to collect the same eggs! There are other coloured eggs which have Deeds attached to them. But be careful of picking up bad eggs – the more you collect the more blurred your vision becomes! Look for the mouldy gas coming from them!

There are also different coloured eggs that give multiple Farmer’s Faire Tokens. But using the different coloured eggs also triggers a Deed. Click/Tap the image below to see a full-sized one.

The Legend of the Golden Egg!

I saw numerous players say ‘Wow I got a golden egg! I thought that was just a myth!’. Myth, no – Legend, very likely! Thanks to Archosaur for providing the shot below proving that the mysterious Golden Egg does indeed exist! And also to Lasswen for the Collect the Golden Egg Deed entry too!

Rewards: if you collect 5 White Eggs you win 10 Farmers Faire Tokens. And all good eggs can be ‘used’ to gain extra tokens too! So if you can collect 5 White Eggs, you come away with a minimum of 15 Farmers Faire Tokens. Even more if you find the coloured ones! This quest has a one-hour cool-down so can be repeated frequently. If you have Mithril Coins you can reset it quicker, if you want.
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Bounder Rounds

Bounder Rouds sees you team up with The Bounders who are playing Bouncers at the Farmer’s Faire. They are here to make sure people don’t indulge in too much alcohol! Your job is to tell off 7 Hobbits for drunkeness, but avoid telling off 2 Sober Hobbits. The way to do this is to ‘listen in’ to people’s conversations. You can spot a drunken Hobbit if you look for a ‘say’ comment that indicates they have had too much booze, often indicated by a misspelling or words getting in the wrong order.

I was not clever enough to work this one out for myself, so to avoid duplication, here’s the Wiki entry with the complete list of what to watch out for!
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Revenge of the Drunkards

Once you’ve managed to successfully reprimand seven drunkards, you unlock Revenge of the Drunkards and switch sides! Speak with the nameless Drunkard near the entrance to the Green Dragon to begin! After downing a pint and addling your brain the fun begins!

The aim here is to throw 10 Rotten Vegetables at Bounders at the Faire without being spotted! The safest way I’ve managed to play this is to focus on the one wandering Bounder near the Green Dragon and stand on the hill or rooftop at the East of Bywater. You can then lob the vegetables like some veg-wielding sniper! Here’s a quick video to show where I stand!

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Restocking the Market

Sperling Took needs to keep certain aspects of the Faire working well, so needs your help fetching items from around The Shire. I’ll add to this section later, but there are a number of routes you need in order to get the Helping Hand title. He also provides you with a “magic” pie to help you run faster!

Note: The magic pie speed buff is NOT applied if you have another speed buff in play such as: temporary comsumables, out-of-combat run speed jewellery and Hunter’s “Find the Path” skill. You’ll need to cancel your current buff for the pie to work!

  • You can only do ONE Restocking the Market Quest per day. So it will take you 8 Days to complete the Helping Hand Deed.

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Maggot’s Mushroom Hunt

I am totally awful at this event! Farmer Maggot is famous for his mushrooms and Hobbit’s love to try to sneak into his field and steal some! So that is your aim! In the time the event runs, you have to pick 8 mushrooms and avoid Farmer Maggot’s dogs – Grip, Fang and Wolf!

  • White Mushrooms give you 1 Farmers Faire Token and coloured ones grant you two tokens
  • Coloured Mushrooms also have adverse effects!
  • To get the quest’s 10 Token reward you have to avoid the dogs until the round is over.

If you succeeed however you’ll have earned a minimum of 18 Tokens and likely 20+. And the Mushroom Hunt only has a 1-hour Cool-Down, so keep repeating it if you enjoy it!

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LOTRO Farmers Faire Rewards

LOTRO Farmer’s Faire Mounts

The 2019 Farmer’s Faire offers two steeds purchasable with Tokens. Other ones are Mithril only. The token steeds are Farmer’s Feast Steed (80 Tokens) and the Goat of the Harvest Sky (80 Tokens).

War-Steed Cosmetics

The Caparison of the Farmer’s Feast is available for Barter. It costs 80 Farmers Faire Tokens.

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2019’s New Cosmetic Outfits

This year has a bit of a sunny theme with two different straw hats and an “Ascot Scarf” cosmetic. Now, if I can find the horse racing to place a few coins on the favourite!

Previous Years’ Cosmetic Outfits and Items

There are many different cosmetics from previous years’ faires; clothing, backpacks, carried items and animal masks. Here is just a small small selection, available at a lower cost than this years’. Click/tap the link below to view the outfits:
Show Previous Years Cosmetics

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Cosmetic Pet(s) and Kites

In 2019, there are two new pets: the Black Peacock and the Black Peahen to add to last year’s Big Goat Kid. All pets cost 60 Farmer’s Faire Tokens

Thanks to @delphs the two kite ‘pets’ are pictured below.
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Homestead Decorations

LOTRO Events are a community affair. And as is now my custom, to see the decorations you can acquire for your homestead in Middle-Earth, please see the excellent resource at Déco Du Milieu!
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TL;DR Enjoy The 2020 LOTRO Farmers Faire

An event with a wide variety of activities, the LOTRO Farmer’s Faire is a really fun festival to attend. Tokens are pretty easy to rack up in this event, so kick back, relax and enjoy!

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Fibro Jedi

A 30-something Shadow Jedi, married and have a small daughter. By that I mean "young", not just "short". I have a chronic pain condition called Fibromyalgia andI play LOTRO, SWTOR and FFXIV and blog about two of them. Social Media has connected me with so many people and some of those have become amazing friends too! As a hobby I am relearning drawing, which you can see on my DeviantArt profile.

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17th September 2016 4:59 pm

Definitely very relaxing, that’s what I like about lotro festivals. ☺

The mayor quest is indeed a bit slow. I usually did it together with the “accuse drunk hobbits” quest, because that one requires you to stand waiting around as well. That way it took a little bit less time.

Nice roundup of all events. ?

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18th September 2016 2:48 pm

Always good to have something left for next time! ?