Feast in the Village at Kings Landing
Setting the Long Table in the Loveliest Setting
While I sat in the shade on The King's Head patio enjoying a refreshing lemonade, I could see many of the villagers were as 'busy as bees', buzzing around preparing every last detail for the upcoming Harvest Dinner setting the long table up amongst the pretty apple trees. You could almost tangibly feel the anticipation and excitement in the air.
The Village was Abuzz
Even the villagers, that you met walking about were abuzz about the first Long Table Feast at Kings Landing. The setting outside and the weather couldn't be better. The rumours that young Hannah Ingraham would be singing a solo for the guests and that Mrs. Long's Zucchini Pie was being served had some downright giddy.
After another long day of labouring on the farm, the menfolk were looking forward to filling their bellies with all the savoury bounty of food that would be offered in hearty portions. They talked of the Baked Atlantic Molasses Salmon, Creamed Potatoes, Citrus Asparagus and the tangy Traditional Mixed Bean Salad. It has been a good hunting season too, so they knew Roasted Venison Loin would surely be on the menu too. Mary's Famous Brown Bread, Rhubarb Pudding & Gingerbread with Whipped Cream would no doubt round out the meal. It was going to be a wonderful coming together of good food, good drink & good times to be had by all, of that they were sure. The Village Print Shop even made special labels for all the fancy New Brunswick heritage dishes being served so that inside scoop of the supposed menu offerings had their mouths watering for the feast that soon would take place.
Celebrate Good Times!
Once preparations were complete, and everyone took a seat, thanks & prayers were given for the plentiful harvest and a few well thought out words were also shared to honour the Queen with a toast on this day of celebration of her Coronation. The gathered guests & villagers alike graciously raised their glasses joyfully ~ the Harvest Feast had begun.
Surprisingly, it was discovered that many visitors from afar were celebrating their own landmark occasions, I overheard a well-deserved retirement for one father with his extended family accompanying him & a special birthday being honoured in another family. There were so many happy reasons to be together and celebrate. The villagers didn't quite understand the term 'retirement' but being the gracious hosts they were, they congratulated the gentleman from away on his accomplishment. Then to everyone's delight, Hannah Ingraham arose and indeed offered a solo captivating the gathered group with her angelic singing voice then the other talented musicians continued to entertain filling the air with joyful music to dine by.
Let the Kitchen Party Begin!
As soon as bellies were full, benches were lifted and gathered around the musicians for a lively 'Kitchen Party' el fresco. After a few brief, instrument playing tips were given, spoons & drums were doled out and toe-tapping and dancing ensued. It was an evening of joviality.
Kings Landing ~ Step Back in Time
Some guests arrived to enjoy the special village after-hours offerings an hour or so before the Harvest Feast, but many others, (like myself and my guest Mrs. Brown), spent a full day of exploring all of the historical settlement prior to the festivities. Here is a photo tour of some of my favourite moments & vignettes of sights and scenes enjoyed in Kings Landing.
There are many upcoming Autumn/Harvest/Thanksgiving Events to be enjoyed at Kings Landing Historical Settlement. Click on the photo below for more information. If you decide to travel back in time to spend a day and/or attend a special event in Kings Landing tell them the 'Maritimes Maven' sent you. Enjoy the festivities and merriment! You will be glad you chose Kings Landing and don't miss the Corn Maze! Happy Harvest Time!
This post was sponsored by Kings Landing Historical Settlement; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.