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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Weekend Cooking: My Trip to Medieval Times


Last month, my husband had a conference for work in Orlando, Florida and I took the opportunity to join him for a short 4 day vacation following its end. We did a lot of eating while there and two of the places I will be sharing in Weekend Cooking posts (although I did none of the cooking in either case). In the case of today, it fits into the historical nature of my food posts.
Medieval Times entrance
Photo Credit: My Husband
My husband was excited to visit Medieval Times for dinner one night because he remembered attending when he was a child with his parents. I mean, his memory of this was excellent as he even remembered which knight was the champion of his section and which knight won the battle when he attended. I remembered going to something similar in Florida when I was young, Arabian Nights, which has since closed and the only thing I remembered was not liking to eat with my hands (my husband reminded me that I would be doing the same again, but as an adult that didn’t bother me!).

Selfie!
For those of you who haven’t visited an entertainment like this let me give a short summary. We were welcomed to the king’s castle and after some time milling around the great hall you are seated in a stadium style hall around a center dirt ring. While eating we watched our knights joust, fight in hand-to-hand combat, and watch some horses do some beautiful movements. We were seated in the Santiago section (each of the knights represented a different section of Spain) and we were represented by the Black and White Knight. He was wonderfully entertaining, but was the first causality of the battle, which was sad. I thought all of the exertions by the knights were very well done.
The Knights!
Photo Credit: My Husband
The food was fairly good and was actually better than I expected given the size of the crowd they were feeding all at the same time. The meal started off with a bowl of tomato bisque (which you had to pour into your mouth straight from the bowl). The main serving was roasted chicken, with a half of a baked potato, and corn on the cob. The dessert course was an apple turnover. The chicken was probably the best part, juicy and plump. The potato was a little overcooked in parts and the corn a little over steamed but edible. The soup and turnover were likely pre-packaged, but still good. I’m thinking that the only item of our dinner that was probably historically accurate was the chicken and maybe the turnover (or something fairly similar). Potatoes and tomatoes would come from the New World much later than the medieval time being represented here.
Our Meal
Photo Credit: Me
Regardless, the experience at Medieval Times was fun and we would do it again. It is fun for families and couples. You are paying mostly for the show than for the food and it is worth time money.

 
 
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20 comments:

  1. What a fun time, I have been to one of these events in Kansas of all places, ages ago. It's always great when you can combine a business trip and extend to a vacation.

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    1. Yes it is nice! We only really had to pay for my part of the trip as his was already covered! Makes for the ability to travel more often, even if the locations are limited.

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  2. We did a similar thing in Branson. My biggest complaint is dinner is served too early for us.

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    1. I think the dinner and show started at like 7 or 7:30, so it wasn't bad. And the serving of all three courses took up almost the whole time of the show, so at least at this location, I think they did a pretty good job with timing it all.

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  3. I've never been to Medeival Times but it does sound like fun! Maybe not something I'd want to do all the time but definitely something I should do at least once! The meal definitely doesn't sound the most accurate but it sounds like you had a good time!

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    1. It was a lot of fun for a one time or occasional event - I think going with a group (and having a couple drinks before or during) would make it even better!

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  4. As you say, corn, tomatoes, and potatoes are all New World vegetables, so I also wonder why they are in a "Medieval" meal -- European cooking didn't adopt them until some time after Columbus/1492, which is usually well past the Medieval era.

    I guess it's all about the knights and having fun, not about history.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. It totally was all about the food and fun, but as I always talk about the historical side of food/cooking here, I had to get that dig in! haha

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  5. Too funny--I ate at that same Medieval Times in Orlando years ago on a trip. I do think you have to just toss the accuracy aside and go for the fun and entertainment. ;-) We went with a group and had a blast. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Hadn't heard of this place -- looks like a fun time. Thanks for sharing :).

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  7. Haven't experienced anything like that! Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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  8. We've never done the Medieval Times, it sure looks like fun.

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    1. I recommend it if you happen to find yourself near one and have no dinner plans. We were supposed to explore Universal City Walk and eat dinner there but it was POURING rain at the time, so we made other plans

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  9. It would be interesting to do a proper medieval foodie event but this still sounds like fun.

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    1. I was thinking that too...maybe I will have to think about doing that!

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  10. What fun!! I'd love to do something like that -- but too funny that they served New World foods. Ooops!

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  11. My family and I went to Medieval Times in Orlando last year and had a blast. We all loved the show and the food.

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