When the Lord of the Castle was not involved in any battles he often entertained guests with medieval banquets/feasts at his Castle, these lavish feasts were held in the great hall of the castle. It was a time to celebrate and relax and a feast could go on all night.
Feasting was a very important part of medieval life for Kings in medieval times, it was a way for them to lift their own spirits and the people around them. Only the lords families, knights and close friends and associates usually attended these medieval banquets and the finest foods, wines and ales were served in abundance.
The most important quests would sit at the head table called the high table with the lord and lady. The lord and lady would sit on ornate chairs under a canopy that displayed their coat of arms and emblems.
Next to the lord could be a food tester, these were usually needed to test the lords food in case it had been poisoned. The Lords dogs would probably be lying around the table waiting for leftover food to be thrown. The quests would eat the food with their fingers as there were no knifes and folks at that time and food was served on slices of stale bread as plates.
There were lots of staff on hand at a Medieval banquet to serve the food and fill the drinking cups with wine or ale, pages and or squires who were training to become knights under the guidance of the Lord would usually help serve food and drinks.
Cooks would be working away in the kitchen roasting meats such as chicken, hog and plates of vegetables and berries would be prepared. There would usually be soldiers guarding the entrance to the banqueting Hall.
Heralds would play trumpets to signal the arrival of the next course of food, there could be as many as five courses at a medieval banquet and there were some unusual foods such as roast swan served.
Most meals were washed down with wine or beer, they were served in large 3 handed drinking cups so that the wine or ale could easily be shared and people at the feast would drink from the same cup.
The medieval banquet was a special occasion and people invited knights, family and friends who would dress in the best clothing for the occasion, fancy robes hats and garments would be worn by all.
Medieval people would wear a copper brooch with some design like a dagger to this kind of medieval banquet. The Lord and Lady who had arranged banquet usually have the finest clothes and jewelery of all the guests.
There was usually quite a lot of entertainment at a medieval Banquet, medieval musicians such as minstrels and entertainers like troubadours would entertain quests before the start of the medieval banquet to create a good atmosphere.
Colorful Jesters would be responsible for making the Lord and Lady and their guests laugh and singers, jugglers would also help with the entertainment.