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Mid-Lenten Feast at Calmann Medieval Village

March 10, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Go back in time and experience a medieval feast.

Lent, in medieval Europe, was observed as a period of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 days (excluding Sundays) until Easter, during which meat and dairy products were not to be eaten.  One meal, in penance, was to be eaten late in the afternoon (early evening).  Many, especially those who did not live near the sea, or did not own private fish ponds, grew tired of the  standard diet of dried salt herring.

The fourth Sunday in Lent, known as Mid-Lent Sunday, was sometimes treated as a feast to brighten lagging spirits.  Skillful cooks found ways to follow the fasting rule without denying pleasure to the palate.  Thus yeast dough was substituted for pastry with egg binders, almond milk for meat stock in stews; food was fried in oil instead of fat, and fish, of course, was substituted for flesh and fowl.  Thus, fine meat dishes were transformed into delicious Lenten equivalents.  In this spirit we have created for your enjoyment a twelve-dish meal, with seafood, vegetables and sweets, presented in our usual Banquet format.  Features live music from medieval Europe.

Reservations required