With the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on December 17th, the chapter of our lives that revolved around new Middle-earth releases has officially closed. However, the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin has one more trick up its sleeve to get you excited about our final film journey into Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth. On New Year’s Day, Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans can spend an entire day watching Jackson’s entire Middle-earth saga on the big screen. Yes, you read that correctly. Fans in the Austin area can spend literally their entire New Year’s Day in Middle-earth.

Obviously, showing the six films back-to-back is a movie binge that will last approximately 1200 minutes is a pretty serious venture, and spending a day in a movie theater would be pretty unenjoyable if you only had popcorn, candy, and soda to tide you over. Luckily, this is the Drafthouse we’re talking about, so they have some pretty great food planned for the marathoning moviegoers. Alamo Drafthouse will be providing moviegoers a nine course feast. Here is the quest-worthy, hobbit-approved menu that will await moviegoers:
First Breakfast
Scrambled fresh hens eggs, nice crispy bacon, grilled mushrooms, cheese & scallion popovers
Fresh Orange Juice Mimosa

Second Breakfast
Strawberries, honey, crème fraiche, candied basil
Meridian Hive Meadery Discovery Mead

Elevensies
Sausage and tomatoes with cheeses, ale-braised cabbage and pickles
Shiner Cheer!

Luncheon
Mushroom & herb stuffed pork loin, charred brussels, sweet potato
Meridian Hive Meadery Frontier Dry Hopped Mead

Halfway to Tea Time
Pickles and cheese, sweet soda bread
Live Oak HefeWeizen

Afternoon Tea
Baby greens with orange-thyme vinaigrette, strawberry- goat cheese galette, sea salted shortbread and gingersnaps
Hot Tea. Add a shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey

Dinner
Stewed lamb leg with taters, root vegetables, leek, crusty bread
Guinness Stout

Supper
Swirl of carrot and parsnip soups, scallion oil, mushroom turnover
Chalone Vineyards Pinot Noir

Dessert
Apple & walnut tart, fresh cream
Fair Trade Middle Earth Shire Blend Coffee

Pippin would be so proud. Finally, someone remembered second breakfast.

Second Breakfast

Drafthouse theaters around the country usually have a Lord of the Rings feast every New Year’s where fans can snuggle in for the original Middle-earth trilogy and some tasty treats. However, showing all six of Jackson’s films will certainly be an epic adventure (thank goodness they are not showing the extended versions--the marathon would last days if they did that). For the time being, it looks like this will only be happening at Austin Drafthouse theaters. If you aren’t located in Austin, you can check with your local Alamo Drafthouse to see if you will get to participate in the awesome food and movie binging.

If you do want to catch the Drafthouse marathon (and they haven’t yet sold out), a ticket to the movie and the feast will set you back $145.00, and $175.00 to add a beverage. Should you not have a Drafthouse near you, or you can’t participate in the Austin Middle-earth movie watch-a-thon, you can still have a Middle-earth filled New Year’s by checking out The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in theaters now.

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