For all the years that I have lived in the Greater Toronto area, I have never been to Medieval Times and have always wanted to! What took me so long?
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six Knights competing in the joust and other tests of skill.
My family and I headed over to the Toronto castle this past weekend and was blown away from the moment we stepped in the Castle to the moment we stepped out.
Greeted by the GM of Medieval Times Toronto, Lynda Washkau, upon entering, we were led inside for our paper crowns, picture with the princess on her throne (which we received 3 copies of in a lovely keepsake frame during the show) and then backstage to the beautiful and oh-so serene stables where the lovely Andalusian Horses were getting pampered and prepped.
I was in horse heaven. Both my daughter and I LOVE horses and these gorgeous Andalusian horses also named ‘Spanish Horses’, PRE (Pura Raza Española) and commonly as ‘Horse of Kings’ stole our hearts. They truly are fit for a king (or Queen!).
Strongly built, and compact yet elegant, Andalusians have long, thick manes and tails.
Their most common coat color is gray, although they can be found in many other colors. I learned that day that the whiter the horse, the older they were. You would see some horses with grey spots which dependent on their size determines their age.
They are known for their intelligence, sensitivity and docility.
We were then led back to the main area where flags, armors and medieval decor adorned the walls and space. This was where you were able to grab refreshments (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), take photographs and also purchase some great memorabilia.
From here, we were called by table (we were seated at Table 3 at the best seats in the house), where we were served and waited on by our “Wench”.
Our Wench, Anna, was amazing! Super attentive, amusing and engaging — she was the perfect wench! So glad we had her at our table; made for more entertainment!
As the show began, as did our feast.
We feasted on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, spare rib, herb-basted potatoes, pastry of the Castle (which was a scrumptious apple pie), coffee and two rounds of select beverages.
Vegetarian meals are available upon request. We were asked if there were any allergies or restrictions in our party.
We were more than impressed with our food. Everything (no exaggeration) was delightful and cooked perfectly. I’m a ribs gal, and those fall off the bone ribs were lip-smacking delicious!
The chicken was seasoned perfectly and very juicy, the tomato basil soap with garlic bread paired wonderfully together and the apple pie pastry was enjoyable. Great feast!
A full-service bar is also available for adult guests. Another wench would appear and ask if you wanted anything from the bar. Because we were VIP, Lynda made sure to introduce us to the bartender prior to being seated letting him know which table we were seated at; he came to us directly and offered us a drink on the house. I treated myself to some amazing red wine and my husband got a nice cold beer.
Our little girl received a cool lit up keepsake glass filled with a refreshing blue slushy drink that wasn’t too sweet which I liked!
Another cool feature that I liked was the portable debit machine so we didn’t have to get up at all, just pay directly from our seats if we didn’t have any cash handy.
The entertainment was just spectacular!
From the Horses to the Royal Falconer Flight, the Handsome Knights Jousting and Combating before the King and Princess’s throne above and just the amazing pyrotechnics and music — it was definitely an unforgettable experience. One that you must experience for yourself (and also your family), especially if you are in and around the Toronto area.
Our Knight was the Red & Yellow Knight, Lord Del Font.
And ladies can I just say that the knights were pretty easy on the eyes. *wink*
To add icing to the cake, the knights would ride around on their horse, throwing a few lovely roses to some lucky ladies in the crowd.
Obviously our Knight saved the best (and only red rose) for last. I got a rose!!!
Well, my little princess and I got a rose.
And may I add… I enjoyed being called m’lady from every single staff member – ’tis charming!
I have compiled a video of a few of the highlights of our Experience at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament below. For more video footage, find me Vine at Carol Gomez.
For more information on Medieval Times, you can visit them online at: http://www.medievaltimes.com and also on Facebook and Twitter for updates and fun contests!
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