Jeff Mach‘s Steampunk World’s Fair is the world’s largest Steampunk event! Everyone is welcome, from the veteran Steampunker to the simply curious. Come an join us for a weekend of merriment, we’d love to meet you!
Out with the Old, in with the New
The Steampunk World’s Fair 2017 was a rousing success! We’d like to thank everyone who attended this year’s event. We’d love your feedback; please feel free to share it with us via our feedback form!
Next year’s event, Steampunk World’s Fair 2018, will be at the Radisson and Embassy Suites of Piscataway, New Jersey, May 4-6th, 2018. Hotel rooms are available at our popular overflow hotel and tickets are available now as well!
New and don’t know where to start?
No problem! First, we recommend reading about what the Steampunk World’s Fair is. Then, take a look at our Entertainment line-up and our Merchant roster to get an idea of the things you can expect to enjoy at our event. Our VIP & Add-on event listings are a good way to see all the extra, premium content we have to offer, too! Then, when you’re ready, take a look at our Buy Tickets page to join us at the next SPWF.
The Latest from our Curators
I get asked “What is Steampunk?” just about every day. Rather than just laying down our own opinions as supposed Experts, I like bringing the question to our friends and attendees. Here’s what some of them said, last time we asked.
“Fun, being yourself and living in your own sci-fi world with a touch of whatever my mind wants to invent.”
-Dyzer De Api
“Looking at the concepts of today with the lenses of yesteryear.”
“Steampunk is your inner mad scientist having absinthe with your inner airship pilot.”
“Steampunk is the Child of the creativity of every Punk. A Victorian foundation on which you build things limited only by your imagination”
“Living a real life au where steam, coal and maybe some magic, have replaced electricity. Where whimsy has replaced boredom and friendship and love for this art has replaced all our differences.”
“Steampunk has continually expanded beyond the boundaries of any simple definition. It is now a fully-formed culture with all of the diversity that entails.”
“Steampunk is creating a whole new world in your mind, on paper, or with your friends based on possibilities of the Victorian era.”
-Emerald Katerina Faith
“Steampunk is eloquence of attire and mechanism combined.”
Here’s another recipe from our upcoming Steampunk Cookbook!
Energy Source: Candied Lemon
“You had me at ‘candied’.”
This is one of our great secrets, and we’re only sharing it with you because we love you. Also because we appreciate that you read our blog!
Candied lemon: it’s cheaper than energy drinks, it’s healthier, and it’ll wake you up better and longer, AND it tastes great, AND it’s even a classy, 19th-century style dish which will impress your friends, and make your foes wish they WERE your friends so that they could have some, too.
Yield: 2 dozen slices
Skill Level: 1
½ cup/125 ml honey
¼ cup/59 ml sugar
Preheat the oven the oven to 250°F/121°C
Carefully wash the lemon and cut it into thin slices. Place the lemon slices onto a plate.
With a barbeque brush, brush honey on both sides of each slice.
Place on a cookie sheet and sprinkle sugar on top.
Bake for 2-3 minutes, then brush another thin layer of honey on top and eat.
…but the waiting list is still open! If you didn’t get your application in before the cut-off but would still like a chance to vend at Wicked Faire: Reborn, fill out the application to be added to the waiting list.
“Perpetual motion is motion of bodies that continues indefinitely. A perpetual motion machine is a hypothetical machine that can do work indefinitely without an energy source. This kind of machine is impossible, as it would violate the first or second law of thermodynamics.”
I will admit that I am not a physicist; indeed, all I know about the first law of thermodynamics is that you don’t talk about the first law of thermodynamics. And I may actually be confusing that with “Fight Club”.
But Steampunk is perpetually in motion, and it never needs to stop. That’s because it is metaphysics in physical form.
No, seriously. You don’t have to be mystical about the human mind in order to note that while we have a great deal of understanding of the workings of the human brain, and we can track many things about consciousness, we’re far from knowing how our own sentience works. Ask the basic question: “How can we be happy?” – and we find no simple scientific solution. You could theoretically stimulate the pleasure centers a whole lot, but that’s not exactly happiness–that’s intoxication. Clear-headed, conscious, thinking happiness? That’s not an easy thing.
Now think about Steampunk. Steampunk is a consciously-defined, made-up, imaginary thing. And it’s constantly being made, remade, and re-imagined all around the world. In the time it takes you to go to bed and then wake up, literally hundreds of people might have created new Steampunk ideas, done new Steampunk things–or simply used the unrestrained whimsy and peculiar appeal of Steampunk to alter the way people around them experience their social movements, their thoughts, their understanding of human interactions.
It sounds strange that something so silly could do so much. And yet it does.
I’m not (completely) a starry-eyed dreamer. I do recognize that tons of the Steampunk that gets created is similar to other Steampunk; that not everyone is a Picasso, re-framing the doors of perception; that sometimes, it’ just about people walking around in funny hats. But that’s okay.
Steampunk doesn’t need some standard of utter originality to be powerful. Things that are derivative still move us; and they highlight and emphasize those Steampunk creations which are deeply unique.
Steampunk is always moving; it need never stop. It’s perpetual motion, an unreal thing which is expressed throughout our reality. It’s a walking, talking, goggle-wearing paradox.
Perpetual motion is real. Steampunk is real. Because, as Robert Anton Wilson said,
“Reality is what you can get away with.”
But somehow I never like Grandma’s house
As much as I love the dark wood…
Join us for an adventure in the dark and Freudian woods! “What Sharp Teeth” is a tale as twisted as the path to Grandmother’s house – and the Big Bad Wolf bit off more than he could chew when he encountered the bigger, badder Crocodile! The reptile’s rendezvous with Red Riding Hood unravels into a darkly humorous rock opera which both celebrates and sunders the magic of fairytales. It also has elements of Steampunk, Geek culture, and a pinch of Gothic darkness, and the unusual worlds we love at Jeff Mach Events.
While “What Sharp Teeth” has been performed by Jeff Mach as a one-man show, this is the first fully-staged version.The show is brought to you by many of the creative team behind 2016’s SPWF production of Absinthe Heroes. It’s chock full of surprises, plot twists, Easter eggs, and – just as things are starting to get seriously silly – it arcs into exhilarating drama and storytelling.
Do you love food?
Do you love Steampunk?
You’re in the right place!
Here’s one of the recipes from our upcoming Steampunk Cookbook!
Tybaris: A brilliantly obscure ancient Roman recipe, loved by Victorians
The Victorians shared so many things with the ancient Romans: A love of new technology, a desire to conquer the world, and really, really long dinners. I think we can all learn from the famous Latin quote:
“Pone cetera apri in linteo tuo domum ferre.” –roughly translated, that is “Put the rest of that boar in your napkin to bring home”, or, as we’d say today, “If there’s any food left over, get out of my way, because I’m taking it home.
Here’s another recipe hailing back from the Roman Empire. This quick pickle makes a healthy snack and is a great way to use up the leftover celery from your last batch of buffalo wings.
Even today, the British speak of “Pickle”, by which they mean, “Everything that you can pickle, might have pickled, or might decide to pickle eventually.”
Yield: 4 servings
Skill level: 1
1 head celery
½ cup/125 ml white wine vinegar
½ cup/125 ml dry white wine
Wash the celery and then chop into thin sections.
Add the chopped celery to a pan along with the white wine and white wine vinegar.
Bring to the boil and then simmer gently until the celery is tender.
Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Allow to cool completely before serving
It’s odd, but tea parties often work better informally or at home than at events.
And this is, perhaps, because of our expectations for what happens at a convention or festival.
We expect a Steampunk event to be magical–and rightly so; if it doesn’t create that sense of wonder, it’s wasted an opportunity. Bringing multiple creative Steampunks together in one place is a recipe for joy.
But we also face the weight of a great deal of culture. How many depictions of the divine madness of Alice In Wonderland’s tea party can one see and still have a realistic expectation of what can actually happen? How often do we watch lavish tea parties in film and media and expect that, somehow, we’ll duplicate the fantasy depictions of the soirées of wealthy fictional characters? Unless you ARE wealthy, and live in the 19th century, and have many servants and no dietary concerns, you probably won’t quite live up to that standard.
So let me give you this secret. It’s a simple recipe:
- Gather about you friends, warm people, Steampunk or otherwise, with a sense of wonder and adventure.
- Come prepared to enjoy what you have, be it fancy food or crackers.
- Be lovely to each other
- Make sure you have tea
This thought and recipe brought to you by Jeff Mach of Jeff Mach Events. If you like it, do us just one favor—share it!
Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God. ~Christopher Hitchens
5. Do not attempt to put goggles on your cat. Your cat will eat them.
4. Do not attempt to put a top hat on your cat. Your cat will appear to be a “Dr. Seuss” character.
3. Do not attempt to convince your cat to emit steam. The fur smells terrible.
2. Do not allow your cat to use your time to flow through the pathaways of possible alternative chronotography, changing history to create a world where felines are our inevitable and only rulers.
1. Whoops. Too late.