With the popularity of medieval festivals in other parts of Canada, the United States and beyond, it should come as no surprise that the bug would hit here in the Koots! Combine the popularity of programs such as Game of Thrones, our Anglo roots and the widespread fascination with the medieval era and you’ve got no shortage of possibilities to inform a festival and no shortage of game folk eager to have some dress-up fun!
Medieval Festivals most anticipated events of the summer
With weekend-long events hosted in Kimberley and Nakusp only these past couple of years, Medieval Festivals have fast become the most anticipated events of the summer. The Kimberley City Bakery Medieval Festival was held just this past weekend, July 9 and 10, and the Nakusp Medieval Days, are fast approaching this coming July 23 and 24.
Both events boast a growing roster of typical medieval fare: jousting, archery, swordsmanship, blacksmithing, and the appropriate fashion. There’s an effort to include numerous demonstrations illustrating the various aspects of medieval life, such as calligraphy, beadwork, baking, and more. Capping things off is the main event: the requisite medieval battle!
Medieval authenticity throughout
As a visitor to these events, expect to see several hundred authentic medieval ‘folk’ at the event. You’ll be among lords, ladies, knights, minstrels, friars and no doubt many common serfs. The festivals feature handcrafted products, showcasing traditional goods for sale, fine works of local and regional art, fresh baked breads, local artisan drinks served from a traditional tavern, beautiful hand made longbows, and more. Vendors are typically asked to prepare their products in medieval style, and to present them authentically as well… all making for a most accurate and fun experience aimed to effectively transport you back in time.
If you’re looking for a truly interesting, educational and tremendously fun weekend, please visit: Kimberley City Bakery Medieval Festival and Nakusp Medieval Days.