Medieval Times Is one of the Best Dinners on your Toronto Bucket List
White horses are gorgeous. I probably have this affinity for them because of my adoration for the mystical unicorns that I SWEAR are only mythical creatures because they missed the Ark to be saved. Nevertheless, when I see white horses, especially kneeling, I think it is one of the most beautiful and magical things to witness. At Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament I was so happy to enjoy a meal and show, but also the majestic white horses within the arena. And although there are so many reasons, that one is the icing on the cake as to why it belongs on your Toronto Bucket list.
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Medieval Times Fun Facts:
- The company is headquartered in Texas, but there are castles in both Canada and the USA.
- The concept started in Mallorca with the first castle opening in 1977 in Orlando Florida.
- The Toronto castle opened in 1993 and was the 6th location to open!
- In 2017 the show changed to have the lead role be of a queen. Until then it was a King.
- The Medieval Times castles have been featured on such shows as Hell’s Kitchen, Cake Boss and Celebrity Apprentice.
- The castles were also featured in the Cable Guy and Garden State films.
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Medieval Times Really Does Belong on your Toronto Bucket List
As you arrive to the castle, staff speak in character as they welcome you. Lords and Ladies enter for dinner – not customers. This is super cool as the immersion into the middle ages begins right from the beginning. Next, depending on the tickets you have purchased, you will be given your various tickets and vouchers, as well as your fun crown adorning your knight’s colours. We had the royalty upgrade so we received lanyards, picture vouchers, preferred seating and flags to route for our designated knight.
So what I love about Medieval Times besides maintaining the theme, is the food. Often times you head to these specialty restaurants that are part entertainment and part gastronomic and many times the culinary side of the experience suffers. I have seen this quite a bit with other themed restaurants and it really is sad. This was pleasantly not the case with Medieval Times! It was a great substantially-sized meal that pleased the palate and had me waddling out not needing anything else. Here are the details of what to expect and why this meal really should be on your Toronto bucket list.
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Let’s start with the drinks. Medieval Times offers a wonderful variety of cocktails, wines, and of course, non-alcoholic drinks. If you wish a bottle of wine with your meal, make sure you buy it in the lobby before the meal. The “drink wenches” will deliver them to you and your party in time prior to the tournament. We enjoyed a bottle of Jackson Triggs. It was a wonderful addition to our evening. Cocktails are super fun as well as you can get them in souvenir cups! One of the coolest souvenirs I must say was the viking horn flask. It is $30 and must be purchased in the lobby. It is then filled with a beer of choice and can be refilled for an extra charge during your meal.
So here at Medieval Times, you must remember that it truly keeps to the theme and era it is depicting. Therefore, you don’t receive cutlery to eat your meal. I think this is super cool and adds charm to the experience. For the first course, you are served a tomato bisque soup in a cup to drink. As I cannot eat tomato, they were great at substituting vegetables and hummus. Dietary requirements are not an issue, which gives this restaurant a definite nod.
The main is an incredibly delicious and large portion of barbecue chicken! A half chicken served with potato, corn on the cob, and garlic bread. Everything was fresh and hot. I had to wait for my meal to cool off a little bit in order to pick it up properly. Chicken is very hot with the heat kept inside the skin! just keep this in mind as you don’t get cutlery. The corn on the cob is amazing. It had some sort of honey butter on it that made it taste incredible. I normally cannot eat corn on the cob due to my sensitive teeth, but the one served here was absolutely amazing and soft to keep my teeth in one piece! The garlic bread was fresh and had just enough flavour and crispiness. It was the perfect texture. I cannot stand overcooked bread – it totally resembles the texture of croutons and definitely not a good option for sensitive teeth!
The dessert served as a delightful lemon pound cake. It was simple, yet satisfying. It paired perfectly with their brewed coffee. A nice ending to a great primitive style meal.
So the arena is divided into 6 sections to denote the 6 knights competing in the tournament – Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Black & White, and Yellow and Red. Upon arrival and depending on the ticket you have purchased (as some spots are for the preferred seats) and to keep the sections even, you will be assigned your coloured knight. For our experience, we were given the yellow and red knight! Excitedly, we rooted for our knight and throughout the tourney he managed to impress.
The Various Elements
So first of all, you are welcomed to the castle by the Queen’s orderly. He comes out on his noble steed and welcomes everyone and introduces each knight into the arena. It is at this point you will see the knight you will be rooting for during the course of the evening. Next, the horses come out and give a little show for the audience. Majesty to the finest. Remember what I said about the white horses?
The Tournament Events
The knights battle it out doing various events throughout the evening. Grab your flag and root on your section’s knight! It really is fun and you also get to boo your opponents…
Want a little warmth in your Medieval Times experience? You may just be the one selected by your knight! Twice in the course of the evening he will toss carnations within his devoted fan section. You never know, you just may get one! I did 🙂
One of the most beautiful parts of the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament was the flying of the little falcon. He swoops down close to your heads and truly is one of the most talented birds I have ever seen!
The Knighting Ceremony
This was a super sweet little gesture that you can purchase for an additional fee. It is a great way to recognize a celebration – a birthday, anniversary, or whatever reason you choose. To surprise my husband, I secretly arranged for him to be a part of the evening’s knighting ceremony! His was a welcome to the castle for his first experience and it was truly a lovely moment. The ceremony takes place in the lobby prior to the tournament. The Queen and her royal subjects then proceed to name each lord and lady to be knighted that evening with the event/milestone they are celebrating. You are then covered with a royal cloak and knighted by the queen. As part of the package as well, you will receive a souvenir photo and an announcement in the arena from the royal scroll.
Medieval Times Logistics:
Want to head here now as you have added it to your Toronto bucket list? Here are the important details:
- The Toronto castle is located down in Exhibition Place. There are TTC buses that head here and are easily accessible. Parking is also available, however, it is $12 per car.
- The dinner and tournament experience usually lasts around 2-2.5 hours.
- There is a museum and amazing gift shop to browse before your called into the arena.
- The cost per ticket is dependent on the package you buy and any offers you have. General Admission is $65.95 + any upgrades you choose.
- Remember, you don’t get any cutlery. So prepare to eat with your hands!
- Dietary Requirements are honoured! Let the staff know upon arrival.
So a big issue has plagued the travel industry – animal treatment and care. I am totally on board with this and always advocate for the best treatment of animals possible. Before even agreeing to cover the experience, I asked the media team about the treatment of the horses and animals within the show. I asked about the bridles they wear, the training, and if they are whipped to perform. The whip you hear is simply a sound. We were reassured that these horses were happy and treated with utmost respect. While watching the performance we were happy to see that they really seemed happy and did not act stressed. This was definitely reassuring and after hearing this, felt comfortable covering the experience and adding it to the heavenly centenary.
So there you have it. A full review on our experience at Medieval Time Dinner and Tournament. It definitely belongs on your Toronto Bucket List.
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We received complimentary upgrades on our experience here at Medieval Times Dinner and tournament. All opinions however, are our own and were not influenced in any way.