Medieval foods can consist of things as simple as chicken wings, potato pancakes, cider, chicken pot pie, and chocolate dipped fruit. However, if you want to add some authenticity to your menu include roasted turkey legs, mince pies, fruit pies, savory tarts, and shepherd's pie. And don't forget the ale and wine, which was always a staple at any medieval feast.

Make It A Medieval Feast:

  • Begin dinner with soup or broth, bread, & cheese.
  • Follow with green vegetables.
  • Next, serve a meat dish of lean pork or chicken, or perhaps fish accompanied with sauces.
  • End with sweets and spiced desserts.
  • Serve wine and ale throughout the entire meal, or if the event is non-alcoholic, use apple cider, grape juice, lemonade, water, etc. Just don't let your guests go thirsty!
  • Divide the various dishes among two or three courses, serving each course in its entirety and leaving time for talk, music, & entertainment for guests between courses.

A Great Idea For Meat:
Serve turkey legs or chicken on the bone-- Perfect for having your guests eat with their hands, as they did in the olden days. Want something simpler? Think chicken wings.

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SERVE A CASTLE OR WEDDING CAKE:

Cake

Miscellaneous Fact: Origin of the Wedding Cake-"In medieval England, guests brought small cakes and piled them on the center of a table. The bride and groom then attempted to kiss over them. A baker from France conceived the idea of icing all the small cakes together in one large cake."

Need Ideas for Castle Cakes? GET THEM HERE!

Directions for the Dragon Cake: FIND THEM HERE!

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SETTING THE TABLE:

  • Construct one long table for dinner. Use a brightly colored piece of fabric for a runner.
  • Decorate the table runner with gold fabric paint.
  • Use goblets for drinking.
  • Purchase gold colored plastic cups and hot glue fake jewels to the outside of the cups
  • Create elaborate and lavish centerpieces for the table.
Table Goblet

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CUSTOMS FOR THE MEAL:

  • Have the guests eat entirely with their hands. (Silverware? What is silverware?)
  • Each new dish was announced by trumpets and drums.
  • Music and singing were part of the meal.
  • Juggling and dancing were also forms of entertainment between courses of the meal.

MUSIC:
Musical selections from this time period are hard to suggest since there is little documented.

Instrumentals:
There were many simple instruments that were used to entertain. Try finding some music from the harp, flute, pan flute, mandolin, organ or lute. Find it here.

Theatrical Soundtracks:
Since little is known, try using soundtracks from movies from the time period. Braveheart, Camelot, or for some humor Monty Python's Search For The Holy Grail.

For Free Music:
Visit your local library for a number of compilations.


 

 

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