Yesterday two friends, my fiance and I pretended we were in a historical novel and attended a massive feast, complete with knights, ladies, kings, queens and games like jousting and fencing. Except, ya know, it was attached to a mall. Let’s pretend it was an English market, shall we? I’d never been to Medieval Times before, but I had heard so many good things about it. When the opportunity came to go sample their treats and view their games, well who am I to turn my nose up at such fortune? Lord Sergio, Lady Beth, Duke Lee and I made the long trek to Hanover, Maryland, where many tried to keep us from completing our journey (DC traffic). But alas, we were successful and made it to the feast just in the nick of time! The castle has organization down to a science from the moment they scan your tickets to seating you. I’m actually curious how it works behind the scenes. We were nearly late (arriving at 4pm when the feast began on the dot), but we were seated promptly and it wasn’t too crowded since we chose the early dinner. I did notice some confusion around serving meals; our companions are vegetarians, which they mentioned at the front when asked, but I don’t know how the servers are made aware of this, because they still tried to deliver meat to them, and thus our friends had to wait an additional 5-10 minutes for their meal. Not a big deal though. The food was fit for a king! We were served bone-in chicken, ribs and a potato, as well as tomato soup and garlic bread to start. They offer alcoholic beverages (for an additional charge of course) if you really want to get drunk and heckle the knights! I found the fountain beverages lacking…they only had Pepsi, Sierra Mist, tea and water. I was looking for lemonade, but they don’t serve that, so I stuck with water and asked for a lemon, which I didn’t get. I honestly forgot I asked for one until now though, because you get so caught up. And honestly, it’s dark in there, the waitresses are serving whole rows of people and I can see why they would forget. I don’t hold it against them.
The experience is why you go to Medieval Times though! It’s entertaining from the very beginning, with a Master of Ceremonies, Knights, the King, Ladies….they truly try to make it simply fun for everyone. The Knights interact with some of the audience members, and I was gnashing my teeth, wishing we had gotten there sooner to get front row seats! We cheered our assigned Knight on and booed all the others. So much fun! Because who doesn’t love to heckle a stranger on a horse?!
Right now, Medieval Times in Maryland is running a special BOGO for Spring Break! If you live in the Baltimore/Washington area, take advantage of this offer! It’s a really great steal!
I also made this cheesy fun video for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL3hXmBwNII&list=UUyCOnMom7WHS09jEB4cS0hw&feature=share I was not paid to advertise for Medieval Times Maryland, but I must disclose that I did receive free tickets to review their show and write about it. This in no way effected my opinion.