Raffles reviews: St Ives Medieval Faire Feast

ST Ives Medieval Faire Feast

So last night I polished my plastic sword, put on my least smelly tunic and cape and set off in our VW time machine for Terry Hills and the St Ives Medieval Faire Feast, with the King and Queen of St Ives.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first medieval feast, but it wasn’t to be greeted by fire jugglers or a crazy assortment of weird and wonderful medieval characters. That was a bonus!

Fire dancer St Ives Medieval Faire - Medieval Feast

It totally felt like I had stepped backed into another time. The ladies were all dressed in the most amazing gowns and there were knights, monks, noblemen, vikings, jesters and even an executioner wandering around.

St Ives Medieval Faire - Medieval Feast

I made sure to make friends with the executioner, and his random bloody head, straight away, because he’s not a guy you’d want offside.

The Executioner St Ives Medieval Faire - Medieval Feast

The King’s Herald called us to a giant hall draped with royal standards and filled with long, candle lit banquet tables. The St Ives Medieval Faire Feast looked so epic, it was almost like walking in to Hogwart’s Great Hall. Well, except for all the medieval folk… and lack of wizards.

St Ives Medieval Faire Feast

Once the King gave his royal ok, it was time to feast! We started with a platter of good whyte brede, hard cheyse and mylat of porke and funges on spynoch. Or for non-medieval folk, a cheese plate with pork rillettes. It was really good, though hard to spell.

The cheyse platter at St Ives Medieval Faire - Medieval Feast

There was enough food just in this course to fill up a normal person. Luckily I’m not a normal person…

ST Ives Medieval Faire

Between courses we were entertained by some rather unusual acts, just like the King would have been back in Medieval Times. The first act was a pair of stretchy people who did balancing and feats of strength.

Entertainment at St Ives Medieval Faire - Medieval Feast

It was pretty cool, but I was soon distracted by a potage of carret and rapes served with sippets. Or soup, if you want to be boring about it.

The Herald entertained us all with medieval stories and tales of which I understood about six words because he spoke using old language that we don’t use anymore.

St Ives Medieval Faire - Medieval Feast

The grown-ups giggled a lot, so he must have good. I just know he sounded really important and smart. I might have to start doing my speeches at school like that. That’d get everyone to pay attention.

St Ives Medieval Faire - Medieval Feast


Our main course was braeded chyckenes in gravey and roste befe with roast gourds, colewort and onyons, which sounds so much more exciting than just saying stuffed chook and roast beef with pumpkin and veg.

St Ives Medieval Faire - Medieval Feast

It was served in massive clay bowls and looked amazing. It wasn’t just the look that was awesome; it was the taste. So yummy.

And then the weirdest thing happened. For possibly the first time in my entre life, something tempted me more than eating. You see, this juggler came out and performed and he was so good that I left my food at the table and went to sit down in front of him and watch him. This guy could juggle everything and at one stage he juggled like six million balls at once.

It was worth letting my dinner get a little cold to watch it. But there was plenty of food, so I still managed to cram in seconds… and thirds.

St Ives Medieval Faire - Medieval Feast

There were a few people by a roaring fire outside and one of the dudes let me have a turn with his axe!  Sadly as it was getting a little late and mum said we couldn’t stay to play with axes or for the fine cake of cheyse with raspices and wild forrest berrys… better known as cheesecake.

I was literally devastated. Because food. But she made up for it with the promise of a ye olde Golden Gaynetto from the servo on the way home.


Reviewed by Raffles – Aged 8
St Ives Medieval Faire Feast
50 Mona Vale Rd,
St. Ives NSW 2085
02) 9424 0000

Disclosure: Raffles was a guest of the St Ives Medieval Faire

14 Comments on Raffles reviews: St Ives Medieval Faire Feast

  1. Barbara
    September 24, 2016 at 11:17 am (8 years ago)

    Fabulous photos – my kids would love to do something like this too, lucky Raffles!

      September 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm (8 years ago)

      He is a very lucky boy, he had a blast

      September 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm (8 years ago)

      It was such fun Leanne 🙂

      September 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm (8 years ago)

      Who knew the middle ages would be such a hoot?

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 25, 2016 at 9:52 am (8 years ago)

    Every year I mean to go this but I never know that it is on until I see your post!! It looks like so much fun 😀

      September 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm (8 years ago)

      It’s always fun to play dress ups! 🙂

  3. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    September 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm (8 years ago)

    This looks like so much fun – I love that these kinds of things are open to children attending.

      September 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm (8 years ago)

      They were fine. And it was such an education 🙂

  4. Hugzilla
    September 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm (8 years ago)

    Your “least smelly tunic and cape”??? HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE? Hahahahahhaha!! Serious note, my kids would love this. They have one at Blacktown each year too I think so next year we’ll have to make more of an effort to try and get there.

      September 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm (8 years ago)

      He has two… but he figures when at a feast even medieval folk would probably have gone for their cleanest and most fancy. He’s very aware they didn’t wash all that much back and the day becasue he tries to use it as an excuse to get out of baths now …”But mum, even knights didn’t bathe all the time and people didn’t care if they smelled…”

      Boys are gross.

  5. Anna Brophy
    September 28, 2016 at 7:44 am (8 years ago)

    Nice job, Raffles. Looks like a wild night!

      September 28, 2016 at 8:07 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Anna, I had lots of fun. Raffles xx


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