Feasting & Food
A feast is usually (but not exclusively) an indoor event where a meal is served. This is often done to a theme such as the "Valhalla Feast of the Dead" (Viking) or the Yule Feast (Christmas). Most Feasts have tables set up for the participants and usually you can sit where you like with one notable exception. The High Table is set up at the front of the Hall and is usually presided over by the Baron and Baroness (or visiting Royalty). Seating at the High Table is by invitation only. The area immediately
in front of the high table is usually designated The Royal Presence. You should bow (out of respect to the Crown—whether they are there or not) when you pass this area.
T here are many things other than eating that happens at feasts. There may be dancing, entertainers, plays, singing, Courts and story tellers. There are sometimes competitions held at feasts. If you wish to get up and entertain at a feast it is usual to consult the duty Herald or the Autocrat or the person organising the entertainment. Everyone is invited (and encouraged) to participate.
SCA feasts aren’t like restaurants or catered functions. All of the work is done by us. People volunteer to cook meals, set up the hall, serve meals, and clean up afterwards. If you feel inclined to lend a hand your help will be valued by the organisers. Just offer is a call for volunteers goes up or ask the autocrat if there is anything you can do. Please treat the people who are serving and preparing food with respect. They aren’t waiters or serving wenches to be groped or abused. They are people who are showing their true nobility by serving others and doing the menial work to make the event more enjoyable for all.
HIGH COURT—this is a very formal type of feast where there is lots of pomp and ceremony. People usually wear their best garb to this event and there is more of an emphasis on period style. The dishes served are often period recipes.
REVEL—a revel is a very casual type of event. It is less formal and less structured, more like a medieval party. Often meals will be served buffet style.
TAVERN—a tavern recreates the atmosphere of a medieval tavern. Meals are usually fairly simple.
POTLUCK—A BYO feast, where you bring a food dish to serve around 4 or 5 people. All the dishes are combined to make the feast. Sometimes by ringing the Autocrat you can get an idea of what to bring. more info..
POST REVEL—is a private party that continues on at someone’s house after the feast. Often an open invitation will be given during the feast. The postrevel is not an SCA event and SCA rules and standards do not apply.
FEAST-O-CRAT - Also the Head Chef - the person in charge of the food and the kitchen.
SERVER - volunteer who serves the meal to the tables. Often calls will be put out for servers during the feast - please help if you can.
DUTY HERALD - is the person who makes announcements during the feast. They tell you what is happening and what food is being served. This is another of those jobs where volunteers are often very welcome.
OFF BOARD - this means that instead of paying full price and eating the food provided, you pay a much reduced price and supply all of your own food (if you want it). Sometimes people going off board will be asked to sit at certain tables and the servers will not bring food to those tables.
CLEAN UP - after the feast it is customary for those who can to remain behind and help to clean the hall.
REMOVE - a remove at a feast is a series of dishes which are served together or in a block. Often they will consist of an entrée, a soup, main meal dishes, and a dessert. Sometimes you will come across feasts where two or more removes are served. Check with the autocrat if you are unsure.
Special Dietary Requirements
If you have food allergies or special dietary needs (e.g. diabetic, vegetarian) let the autocrat know as soon as possible, preferably when you book for the event. The autocrat will generally try to make some allowances for you.
If you have food allergies (particularly acute allergies e.g. lactose intolerance) speak to the autocrat and find out if that food is included in any dish. Servers can often give you this information as well, but it is up to you to ask.
The Steward is the person in charge of an event. Where it does not conflict with the mundane law and the rules of the SCA, the steward may set any rules or conditions for attendance they choose.
They may designate the site "dry" (no alcohol) or forbid pets. They may declare some areas on site as "out of bounds" for safety or other reasons. A s the person in charge of the event, they alone have the right under mundane law to ask someone to leave a hired venue, or to call in the police if necessary - in require it, and rarely ever ask someone to leave.
If the steward asks you to do something please help them by doing it with a minimum of fuss. They are likely to be busy, harassed, frustrated individuals who need your support, please help them wherever possible.
Medieval Christmas Merriment Menu - 11th December, 2010.
Festa di Amicizia Market Day - 9th October, 2010.
Newcomers feast - September, 2010.