Once inside the castle, we checked in and then had a few minutes to browse the shops while waiting for seating to begin. While waiting, you can also watch the knighting ceremony that takes place in the great hall. This is always fun to see the awe and enjoyment on the children' faces! Once seated inside, our serf came through to take drink orders and inform us of the general rules and menu for the evening. Your first course is tomato soup and a piece of garlic toast. To be honest, this is one of my favorite parts of the meal! As dinner gets started with this appetizer, so does the show as the king, princess, and chancellor make some announcements and get the tournament underway.
For those who haven't attended a Medieval Times show, I won't spoil the storyline for you. Suffice it to say, there is a round of competition amongst the knights, each one ending with the knights tossing flowers to ladies in the audience. All the knights who succeed in competition, that is. On the night we visited, there must have been a new or still-training knight, as he missed out on all but one of the four or five competitions. I was impressed to see one of the other knights share his flowers with that knight's audience though, to ensure that ladies in all sections were given the opportunity to catch a carnation. The falconer brings out his prized bird to demonstrate the hunting skill, the king's horses do a marvelous demonstration, and then the jousting begins. Throughout the tournament, you are served more food; a half chicken, potato, corn on the cob, and it ends with a dessert. At this particular castle/time it was a slice of lemon cake, although normally the castles serve an apple turnover pastry that is magnificent. I enjoyed the lemon cake, but M doesn't eat lemon at all, so she passed me her slice as well.