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 2017 Faire Guide, along with the rewards you can earn!
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- When is the Faire?
- Festival Travel
- Deeds of the Faire
- Fishing Quests
- Manning the Market
- Fat Mayor
- Bounder Rounds
- Revenge of the Drunkards
- Egg Scramble
- Maggot’s Mushroom Hunt
- Restocking the Market
- Rewards and 2017’s Mounts
Per the LOTRO Events Schedule, the 2018 Farmer’s Faire:
- Starts: 30th August 2018, at 10am Server Time
- Ends: 18th September 2018, at 3am Server Time
There is currently no Encore in the calendar. If that changes, either I will update this, or some kind person out there will prod me and remind me!
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!
At the Farmer’s Faire, there are various barter currencies:
- Farmers Faire Tokens: For Festival Rewards
- Big Fish
- Easy Fishy
- Small Fish
- Puny Fish
- Other Fish: Posible, 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.
I may need to update this later, but there are a couple of standalone Deeds for this Event. They require you to complete some Festival Quests a few times and grant you Farmers Faire Tokens. There is one additional deed which gives you a title too. Please see Restocking the Market for this one. There’s a special one for the Egg Scramble too.
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!
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”.
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.
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!
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:
- Dig Up 5 Worms from Moist Earth nearby. Place these in the provided bucket.
- As Petunia hates the idea of hooking the worm, you have to do this for her! At the same Bucket as Stage 1.
- Catch 5 Suitable Dinner Fish because Petunia doesn’t want to drown the worms!
- Go converse with her brother in Hobbiton and then try to get out of helping Petunia for the rest of the day!
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!
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.
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:
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:
- Behind the Bar at the Gren Dragon
- In the Mushroom Tent (where you have just been while making stew)
- At the Methel-Stage North East of Bywater
@Rav_Griffon pointed out the ‘trick’ to understanding this quest:
[spoiler] Fat mayor: look at the lines he says just after eating: they will indicate what product he wants. Sometimes he (1/3)
— Ravanel Griffon (@Rav_Griffon) September 14, 2016
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. I didn’t use a cheat list but here are some correct choices I’ve made so far in 2017’s event!
- 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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Once you’v 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!
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!
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 Farmer’s Faire Token and coloured ones grant you two tokens. Though very often those mushrooms also have adverse effects!
To get the 10 Token rewards you have to avoid the dogs until the round is over. Simply getting 8 Mushrooms doesn’t guarantee you the subsequent 10!
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!
- Mounts: Goat of the Harvest Sky (80 Tokens) and the Farmer’s Second Favourite Steed (40 Tokens)
- Cosmetic Outfits: from cloaks, hooded cloaks and dresses, to a backpack filled with vegetables!
- Cosmetic Weapons: e.g. lantern and stick of corn.
- Decorations: e.g. Mushroom rings for your garden, giant Golden Eggs, a huge Chicken Statue and a fair few others
The 2017 Farmer’s Faire offers two steeds purchasable with Tokens. Other ones are Mithril only. The first image is 2017’s mount: Goat of the Harvest Sky. The second image is 2016’s Farmer’s Second Favourite Steed.
There are a lot of cosmetic rewards available and I don’t have storage space for all of them! But here are a few select items (I’ll add more as the event progresses and I obtain more!
TL;DR The LOTRO Farmers Faire
An event with a wide variety of activities, the LOTRO Farmer’s Faire is a really fun festival to attend. And with the 2018 Faire, you can earn enough tokens to get the Goat Mount (a Goat being essential when you hit the Mines of Moria). Tokens are pretty easy to rack up in this event, so kick back and enjoy!