What Do Fairies Eat?

Updated on April 15, 2016
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Kitty has been independently researching and studying the fae for over 15 years. She enjoys sharing what she's learned with her readers.

Would fairies eat sweet bread with sprinkles? I bet so!
Would fairies eat sweet bread with sprinkles? I bet so! | Source
What Do Fairies Eat? - Cakes & Milk
What Do Fairies Eat? - Cakes & Milk | Source

The Fairies: What Do Fairies Eat?

For as long as fairies have roamed the earth (which has been thousands of years), they have also always loved to eat and be merry. Since the days of the ancient Celts, fairies were considered to be a real aspect of every day life. They weren't make-believe creatures, and many times the ancient peoples would show their respects to the fairies by leaving out offerings of food and drink. Other reasons to leave offerings to the fairies was to keep them appeased or entertained enough to deter them from stealing things like fresh milk or butter...or keep them from wreaking havoc in the home or on the farms.

If you are a lover of fairies and follow the pagan wheel of the year, perhaps you are wanting to know the answer to the question "what do fairies eat?" Maybe you plan on leaving fairy libations at your back-door step this Midsummer. Perhaps you want to know what food the fairies will eat in order to bless your garden. Maybe Samhain is on its way and you would like to leave an offering not only for your ancestors but for the fay. We will take a look at some of the tastiest and most traditional treats upon which fairies will partake. And we will discover the answer to the question, "what do fairies eat?"

Fairies Love Milk & Cream & Churned Butter

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What Do Fairies Eat? Milk, Cream, or Butter Is Their Favorite Treat!

Traditionally in Ireland, Scotland, England and elsewhere in Europe, many people would leave a small serving of their freshly squeezed milk on the doorstep for the passing fairies. Some people in Ireland, as mentioned previously, believed in fairies so much so that they thought if they didn't leave a helping of their milk for the wee folk that the wee folk would become angry and either steal it for themselves or play awful tricks on them. This tradition can be read in many books, but it was included in a modern-day fictional story by popular author Anne Rice.

In Anne Rice's books The Mayfair Witches Trilogy, she speaks of how the Scottish would leave pails of milk on their doorsteps at night to appease the "Taltos". The Taltos was a type of fairy and a main character in her Mayfair Witches Trilogy, and it is mentioned time and time again throughout the Trilogy about how much the Taltos adored and yearned for fresh milk. This part of the story was pulled from actual folklore and tradition in Scotland and Ireland.

So as you can guess, milk is believed to be something that fairies love to eat...errr or drink. They mostly love fresh milk...the creamier the better. And, speaking of cream - what else do fairies eat? Cream and butter, of course. You can pretty much imagine that if fairies like to drink milk then they must love all forms of dairy, right? Well, I'm not sure about cheese or yogurt yet as I haven't tested it out myself, but I can tell you that cream and butter are also two traditional fairy foods. Freshly churned butter is even better!

What do fairies eat? Cakes, of course!

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Cakes & Cookies: Fairies Love to Eat Sweets!

What do fairies eat besides milk, cream, and butter? Along those same lines, fairies dating back centuries have been known to love sweets of different kinds. Traditionally cakes and milk or cakes and ale would be left for the fay on one of the eight holy days (sabbats)...usually on Samhain, Beltane, or Midsummer.

In my experience with answering the question what do fairies eat, they will eat almost any type of sweet you offer to them. I've offered the fairies a blueberry muffin (not made from scratch, mind you) as well as a powdered doughnut with a cup of milk. And each time I went to get the dish the next day, the entire sweet treat was gone! The cup of milk always remains though, which makes me wonder if the fairies don't like it to be pasteurized? Maybe because it's stripped of it's creaminess, that doesn't please the fay so much.

For this Midsummer though, I plan on making fairy cakes from scratch. The fairies love it if you make a grand gesture for them. While fairies will eat sweets of any kind, home-made sweets designated specifically for their consumption might really thrill them! So what do fairies eat? Sweets of all kinds - cakes, cookies, pies, muffins, doughnuts, and probably more!

Update: I left out brownies and cream for the fairies on Midsummer's Eve...and on Midsummer morning the plate was completely clean and the glass was empty of any drops of cream. So apparently fairies eat brownies, as well!

The sweeter and prettier the more likely the fairies will love you for it.

A bit of your freshest batch of mead would do the wee folk some good!
A bit of your freshest batch of mead would do the wee folk some good! | Source
Beer or Ale Mug Circa 1700
Beer or Ale Mug Circa 1700 | Source

What Do Fairies Eat & Drink? Libations of Ale & Wine

In addition to stealing the unwilling household's fresh milk, churned butter, and sweet cakes, what do fairies eat? What do fairies drink?

  • Ale
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Mead
  • Whiskey
  • Rum
  • Heck, pretty much any kind of alcohol!

Another long-standing belief and traditional beverage of the fairies is wine. If you meet anyone who works with fairies on a regular basis, whether magically or simply naturally, they will most likely tell you that fairies love wine. So if you decide to leave cakes and milk out for the fairies this Midsummer, switch it up for Samhain and leave out some bread and wine.

That's right, folks. Fairies like to have a good time, just like you and me. There are even some fairies who circulate or reside around alcohol such as wine and ale. Two fairies that are known to guard wine cellars or vineyards include the clurichaun and the Italian monicielo. These fairies will stand guard over your stock but these fairies will also drink your wine...and sometimes too much of it! There are legends of people meeting drunk clurichauns after they have had too much of the family's wine stock from the cellar.

Ale is another traditional beverage of the fay. Fairies love to drink wine but they also love a traditional mug of ale or beer. The mug to the right was dug up and is thought to be from the 1700s...I wonder if any fairies ever drank ale out of this mug?

And don't forget the mead! The Irish fay in particular truly enjoy a bit of mead from time to time. I'm sure if you set out a small cup or goblet of a fresh batch, they will be very pleased!

Another recommendation - don't just set out any old type of beer or wine. You surely wouldn't feed a favored guest a mug of natty ice, now would you? And I also wouldn't set out a cup of Arbor Mist wine. Give them some of your finest that you can afford, even if it's a little extra that you didn't drink from a bottle yourself. The fairies will appreciate the gesture, trust me.

Hopefully I've answered the question, what do fairies eat? If you haven't figured out what fairies eat by now, or if you disagree, you must experiment. Leave out different types of food and see what kind of reactions you get. Do good things happen directly after you leave the fairies an offering of bananas or does your entire stock of bananas rot within a day? You'll notice once you start making the offerings. And may the faeries bless you!

Written and copyrighted © Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Questions & Answers

  • Do fairies like nuts?

    You can try it out. Traditionally they enjoyed mead, wine, ale, buttercream, milk, cakes, and bread.

  • I know faeries dislike iron, but can they be given treats of certain fruits that might contain iron?

    I would avoid it...they don't tend to like the fruits these days unless they are homegrown and/or organic. Too many pesticides.

  • How do you attract fairies to a farm?

    Fairies are usually already there. But fairies love animals, particularly horses. Build a fairy garden and leave fairy offerings. Take good care of the land and wildlife and they will bless you in return.

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    Sirina523 

    10 months ago

    Hello! My name is Sirina and I'm twelve years old. I'm also just starting out in fae witchcraft. I have a question: it always, always smells like roses in my room. I had roses in my room a few weeks ago but since it was that long ago and I aired out my room quite a bit the smell should be gone. Do you think that this means that there's fae near?

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    FairyHomework 

    10 months ago

    This helped me a lot! Thank you so much! Great article.

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    Kitty Fields 

    11 months ago from Summerland

    Nell - Well, I appreciate that you have my back!!!

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    Nell Rose 

    11 months ago from England

    Yes I know just what you mean! but it did make me mad! lol!

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    Kitty Fields 

    11 months ago from Summerland

    Nell - I'll be honest, I've given up trying to report every single copied article of mine...it's in the hundreds...and I don't have the time to track down all of them. I tried...but it's too much. Unfortunately. If they have no brain and need to copy my own creative effort, then so be it.

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    Nell Rose 

    11 months ago from England

    Did you see that the link was your copyright?

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    Kitty Fields 

    11 months ago from Summerland

    Nell - Haha! Isn't it funny how that works?

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    Nell Rose 

    11 months ago from England

    I found this while searching for my book title (see other comment!)

    https://www.quora.com/What-do-fairies-traditionall...

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    Nell Rose 

    11 months ago from England

    LOL! love it! I am actually writing a fairy book at the moment, but couldn't quite work out the title. So I looked up what do fairies eat......LOL! and guess who I got? love this!

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    serenabailey 

    23 months ago

    hi. I do believe in fairies use I think I saw one and herd them, for some reason I haven't seen one since, is it cause I am an adult now? I been building houses plant flowers, is there winter fairies?? what am I doing wrong??

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    serenabailey 

    23 months ago

    hi kitty love your website how do u know so much about fairy? I know allot to by research. I been building houses for them and there favorite flowers and foods still nothing why? is it cause i am trying to hard or is it cause I am an adult? I think I seen a fairy on time and I have herd them, and in of of m pic I have a yellow orb floating next to me. do fairies come in orbs? I even built them a small house in my room in a big glass round vase with house plants and other cool stuff, what am I doing wrong? I believe in them. its almost winter where I live, do fairies com in winter? is it true fairs don't like iron? where u live u see allot of fairies? please wright back thank u

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    Kitty Fields 

    3 years ago from Summerland

    RJ - Thank you for reading!

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    3 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Enjoyed this ! Thanks for sharing

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    I think it definitely depends on the type of fairy and the region in which you live. Not all fairies are going to like wine for example...perhaps if you live in a tropical area the fairies might like coconut water better...etc. Thanks for reading and blessings!

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    MysticMoonlight 

    5 years ago

    Great Hub. I just love Fairies and learning about them and kitty, you have some really great info on them that is helping me get to know these wonderful companions so much better. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. It is coming in handy for sure :)

    I left some molasses out for my fairies last evening, no takers yet! Maybe I'll try something else, I think it's fun getting to know them and what they like and don't like.

    Blessings and many thanks :)

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Absolutely...there are fairies in every season and some that are focused on particular seasons.

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    imgoingfayfay!!! 

    5 years ago

    do u think there are winter fay's?

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    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    You sure can, lol!

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    Garangwyn 

    6 years ago from Fresno, California

    Thanks Kitty...sounds like I need to do some experimenting myself. I've been working on a meditation area where I want my fey to feel at home, and my heavier chime is close by, so I may need to move it. But I do love the sound of it. Still, it doesn't ring often, and it isn't extremely heavy, so maybe it's okay. I'll have to check it out.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Garangwyn - I think you'll be fine; honestly, the chimes aren't something that I've had a ton of experience with yet. I know that the chimes I have out front are of a deeper resonance...which might be scaring them off. I think if they sound similar to the old heavy church bells, faeries are supposedly scared off by them. Not sure about the high pitched tinkly sounding chimes, though. Those might be okay. I'll have to experiment and let you know. That's the only way I learn, is though experimenting and experience.

    beth - I'll take the hotcakes and honey any day! LOL. Can I be your backyard fairy?

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    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    Useful Hub!

    We usually leave milk and cornbread out for ours, this seems to be their favorite treat. I tried hotcakes and honey once but they only seemed to enjoy the honey.

    Voting up.

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    Garangwyn 

    6 years ago from Fresno, California

    kitty, have you written anything about the chimes? I have wind chimes everywhere, of different tones and depth of sound. I don't want to be needlessly irritating my poor wee folk. lol

    Speaking of earrings, as Ravineyes did -- I have a pair of sterling silver acorn earrings that a Druid gave me, and for a solid year my wee folk played hide & seek with those earrings with me, until I thought for sure I was the one going crazy. Only they would only take one of them, and keep it for months -- then return it to the very place where I had put it months before, and where they matching one was. That was before I was convinced that they were really here living with me. Guess they wanted to make their point. And they did!

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    flashmakeit - I wouldn't remove your chimes just yet. Chimes are a bit different than a ceremonial bell. I was speaking specifically of Bells used during ritual (in the craft). There are many faeries who actually love windchimes...it really depends on the tone and the depth of the sound.

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    flashmakeit 

    6 years ago from usa

    This was useful and the video was very informative. I did not know fairies did not like bells because it scares them. I have wind chimes in my front yard. I better take them out because they are like bells.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Lady_E - Hehe, I know me too!

    Ravineyes - I never thought to try cornbread, but I'm sure they love it! Sparkly things are a definite enjoyment of theirs, I agree. Stones and pretty jewelry, definitely. Thanks for the reminders on that. Blessings.

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    Ravineyes 

    6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

    Excellent! I also feed my faery friends that help me out in the gardens. I offer them cornbread regularly, and milk and honey most often. Another thing that I found mine love is when I leave little sparkly things for them. It can be a pair from a lost earring, or a broken sparkly bracelet. Sometimes it's just shiny things I find on the side of the road. Either way, they eventually disappear and I find them later on under the faery houses.

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    Elena 

    6 years ago from London, UK

    I didn't know they ate, but I sure like their food... :-)

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Thank you, DragonflyTreasure. You're very sweet.

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    DragonflyTreasure 

    6 years ago from on the breeze.........

    Fascinating hub. Love to hear about Fairies. Voted up ?

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Garangwyn - Awesome to know that someone else is trying to keep the fay happy. :) I've never tried chocolate, but yes I plan to set out homemade cakes this Midsummer. Blessings to you!

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    Garangwyn 

    6 years ago from Fresno, California

    This is great info! I have traditionally put out cream (actually, half & half) mixed with a bit of honey for my wee folk, and this seems to keep them happy. They haven't had any for about 2 months now due to my financial situation and last week I walked into my bedroom to find the lock to a little bank where I have a quarter collection lying open on the dresser. There is NO WAY that lock could have jiggled its way loose. I took that as a VERY BIG HINT that they were feeling a bit neglected! lol I have tried leaving chocolate for them but mine don't seem to care for it, so I think I will make them some fairy cakes (along with their cream) for Alban Hefin (Druid midsummer) as a special treat and to make amends. I love my wee folk dearly; they bring magic into my life! Thanks so much for this article...just in time! Definitely voted up!

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Yay!

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    cryptid - most people don't think about it, unless they are trying to communicate or please the fay. I imagine their bodies are much different than ours...calories might not even effect them like they do ours, especially if they are indeed spiritual beings at this point in time.

    phoenix - oh, there's much more to come!

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    What fascinating people fairies are. Please tell us more.

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    cryptid 

    6 years ago from Earth

    Very interesting. I never thought about what fairies might eat before. With so many high-fat dairy products, sweets and alcohol it's amazing the fairies aren't all obese. I imagine they do a great amount of frolicking to burn off all those calories. Thanks for a fun hub!

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