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Celebrate this Christmas with the sights, sounds and smells of mediaeval yuletide feast

Mediaeval Feasts has teamed up with the award winning Garlic Wood Events Chefs to create an authentic Mediaeval Banquet overflowing with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas, for an experience never to be forgotten. 

Designed to amaze and entertain, mediaeval feasts played an important part in the tapestry of mediaeval life.  And, brought to you by the organisers of the Loxwood Joust, on the 14th and 15th December, Horsham’s Drill Hall will become a candlelit feasting chamber, overflowing with the sights, sound and smells of a 15th-century yuletide dinner. 

Fully costumed waiting staff will be in attendance to serve the authentic 4-course meal, and the hosts of Christmas past Lord and Lady Misrule, will provide their legendary insight and revelry on the evenings events as they introduce each of the 4 courses, act as toastmasters and compare the period party games that take place between the courses.  Then after all have eaten their fill, guests are encouraged to brush off their dancing shoes, dance to the live music and enjoy the chance to learn some mediaeval court dances.

Food may not be the first thing you think of when you think of mediaeval life, but unbeknown to many, the food was rich and flavoursome with probably more spices used in cookery then, than there are today.  However, all participants are asked to remember the good manners as taught by Erasmus of Rotterdam in 1530 and know that “to swallow whole pieces of food in one gulp is the practice of storks and clowns!“   

The exceptional menu will bring to life the fabulous rich flavours of mediaeval England.   Using the very best locally sourced ingredients from some of Sussex’ finest producers, Garlic Wood Events have created a menu to tempt, tease and indulge as they recreate the sumptuous game pies, Sussex chutneys, oxon stews and winter fruit crumbles with spiced syrups that feature in the mouth-watering Christmas menu.  A vegetarian option is also available.

Toby Harmer Head Chef at Garlic Wood events said “Garlic Wood Events are thrilled to be involved with the Medieval Banquets this December, which promise to be a feast of both fine food and entertainment!  We have prepared a four course menu that is in keeping with the food of the period and the main challenge for us is to create a menu that utilizes only the available foods of the time, whilst cooking a great tasting menu!  Fortunately, food in medieval times was far more advanced than people think, with meats, herbs, fruits and spices being widely used.  We will be using Longhorn beef from the Knepp Wild-Range Estate, incredible pies from Sussex based Al the Pieman and locally grown vegetables and fruits.”

And to quench your thirst, as the festive revelries immerse you in merriment, you will find a bar serving a wide selection of period and modern drinks including the ‘Nectar of the Gods’.  Created from fermented honey and swathed in myth and legend, this smooth wine, better known as mead, was thought by many to be an elixir of health, fertility and longevity.  Each guest will receive a free glass of mead or a glass of wine on arrival and costumes are encouraged!

To purchase your tickets for this mediaeval feast and entertainment, please go to www.legendpresents.co.uk

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