Feasts are held by wealthy and powerful land owning nobles all over Calradia, specifically those wealthy enough to lord over bustling towns and fortified castles. Feasts typically last for short periods of time, but can last longer if the host is not close to the venue at the time the feast is started. Being gathering points of the rich and powerful, it is often wise for players to seek entry (though early in the game, this may not be as easy).
Feasts can be freely entered in neutral or allied towns by players with greater renown (over 200). If renown is less than 200, a player may still request entry but will be refused by the guards. However, the nobles will arrange tournaments outside of the usual tournament rotation to compete in against friends and rivals. These tournaments, like all others, can be freely entered by the player and their party and have the usual benefits for winning: increased renown, improved relations with the town, etc. Winning a tournament held alongside a feast allows the player to enter the feast and talk to all the nobility attending. It is generally advised to try your luck in the accompanying tournament, even if you are capable of entering freely, where you can dedicate your victory to ladies at the castle afterwards. During the feast there will be an abundance of ladies, especially of the eligible kind, to which the dedication may be more beneficial.
Later in the game, as the player's relationship with nobles and kings improves and as their renown increases, they may find themselves being periodically invited to feasts personally. Attending these has all the benefits that it would normally have, plus talking to the host may grant the player a +2 relation bonus with him (so long as there are no outstanding events the host wishes to talk about, such as victories in battle, successful sieges, etc.) If the feast takes more than 1 day, you could receive a +2 bonus for every day you speak to the host while attending the party. Not attending feasts you are invited to will have no negative effects on your relation with the host.
Hosting your own feastEdit
You can hold your own feast, and though it can be boring and costly, it is the best and fastest way to improve relationship with lords. (Except for already hostile lords; they won't even come to your home)
The amount and diversity of resource determines outcome of the feast, e.g. a feast with plentiful but unvaried food is bad, but so is a feast with a very small amount of everything.
If you stocked up the household and are fully prepared to start the feast, go tell your spouse everything's ready. The feast will start 4-5 days later, and lords will come to your castle/town. Every greeting with a lord will give you +1 relationship (which may be repeated every day of the feast) and if you hold them until the end of feast, +2 relationship with them will be given to you with bit of renown. To end the feast, simply tell one of the nobles in attendance that you wish to begin a campaign.
Remember: as you start the feast, the items in inventory will start to run out, so check your inventory every time.
A feast may be held at anytime, but remember that feasts are unlikely to succeed in wartime as lords must attend to military matters.
A tournament is likely to take place whenever you hold a feast in a town. This kind of tournament can be participated several times a day, thus providing a boost in the said town's relation level as well as your personal wealth. The odds against you will decrease your winnings for each tournament however.