This year, we welcome 89 stalls, some of which have been to Abbeystowe for over 25 years! The following is just a preview of some of the amazing food and merchants that will be attending this year’s festival.
Click on the Festival Site Map to view a complete list of the stalls and where to find them!
Name: Brierley Wines
Years coming to Abbey? 12 years
Products: Honey Mead, Mulled wine & wine
“The lost art of traditional winemaking has been forgotten by most, but “Lord of the Meads”, Tony Brierley prides himself on honing his craft in the style of 12th century Sicilian monks. No modern technology has been used to produce these wines and mead, so therefore it is chemical, additive and preservative free.”
Name: Gypsy Feast
Years coming to Abbey? 5
Products: Food vendor serving exotic flavours from Persia to Morocco. Fragrant tanginess, spiced koftas and haloumi, fresh salads, and delicious desserts.
“Romani Gypsies arrived in Europe in the 1400’s, brining with them their unique culture of music, dance and food from a wide ranging nomadic lifestyle. We celebrate this beautiful culture with a collection of exotic flavours, following on of their well travelled paths, from India and the Middle East through North Africa and into Europe.”
Name: Hungarian Langos
Years coming to Abbey? 16 years
Products: Langos is a traditional Hungarian bread!
“As per the traditional way of bread making, our bread is hand kneaded full of love at the beginning of each and every day. We then golden fry it to be crispy on the outside and light n fluffy on the inside. We serve it hot with your choice of garlic flavour topped with finely grated cheddar cheese and sour cream, or cinnamon sugar coated with whipped cream and strawberries.
But a note of caution, it is deliciously addictive, and you will find yourself hooked for life!”
Name: Mrs. Bean Coffee
Years coming to Abbey? This will be 3 years
Products: Coffee’s, teas, turmeric and beetroot latte
Name: Normanby Wines
Years coming to Abbey? This will be our 15th year
Products: Wine – Red and white, sweet and dry and fortified.
“Alcohol was seen as more nutritious and beneficial to digestion than water. In medieval times they did not have water treatment facilities, chlorine tablets or anything like that, water from a spring would be fine, the towns did not have toilets so streets may not be so healthy, water from the rain washes the streets clean and flows into the river. Alcohol is a natual steriliser to keep you healthy as is my wine.“
Name: A Page in History
Years coming to Abbey? Our first year was 1994 when we were trading as The Wood Forge
Products: Wooden swords, shields, battle axes, toy castles.
“Our shields are not only fun, they are educational too! Each heraldic shield is painted with genuine designs, and the name of the knight together with dates and detail is shown on the back. Norman & Viking shields are also available. Every year, children come to see us and bring their shield with them. They last! One year a father brought his little son to our stall and told us that he had bought one of our shields when he was child and he wanted his son to have one too. That was very special.”
Name: Archery Bisconi
Years coming to Abbey? This is our first official year as a stallholder.
Products: Traditional Archery Supplies – English longbows, Hun bows, arrows, leather armguards, leather quivers etc
“We cater to reenactors and the general public producing replica English longbows, Hun bows and period authentic self nocked arrows as well as handmade leather accoutrements. We can make to order and also provide guidance and advice to aspiring archers. Our stall caters to all traditional archers from beginners and children through to the seasoned veteran.”
Name: Beljays Felt
Years coming to Abbey? This will be my 4th year
Products: Items made of wool. Particularly handfelted archers hats and slippers. Also handspun and dyed yarns, wool for spinning and some beautiful hand woven or hand knitted items.
“I start with natural fleece from sheep. I wash it, dye it and then either felt it or spin it. My items are unique, made with care and will last. My techniques reflect those used throughout the medieval period.
Name: Dwarven Steel
Years coming to Abbey? 1
Products: Hand forged products and natural drinking horns
“As a young, self-taught blacksmith I strive to not only provide bespoke hand made products, but to also inspire a passion for working with your hands and making unique and one-off items.”
Name: Flaming Gargoyle Pottery
Years coming to Abbey? 12 years
Products: Reproduction Medieval ceramics/pottery.
“Flaming Gargoyle Pottery produces pottery for everyday use, based on Medieval ware. Focus has been placed on creating appropriate forms and decoration for a range of time periods including Viking, Byzantine, High Medieval and Tudor.”
Name: Happy Flame Beeswax Candles
Years coming to Abbey? 5 years
Products: Hand crafted beeswax candles
“Beeswax candles for your castle! Beeswax was for the Royalty, no smelly tallow candles for Kings and Queens!
Made from pure beeswax from the Northern Rivers region, our candles burn long and true, all hand crafted.
Available once again for all the Ladies and Lords at the Medieval Festival this year. Huzzah!”
Name: Henna Harem
Years coming to Abbey? 16 years
Products: Henna body adornment
“Over the tournament weekend we create traditional designs from Medieval Europe, Persia, Africa, India and Egypt.
Information boards are displayed for public interest with henna use and design trends during the Middle Ages, as well as a long list of countries using henna between 600 and 1600 AD.
Our henna paste is made fresh on site using natural ingredients. We aim to provide a traditional henna experience to those visiting Abbeystowe.”
Name: Hive and Hearth
Years coming to Abbey? First Time!
Products: Beeswax candles and herb craft, salves, balms, polish, and wax cloth.
“Beeswax dates back since time immemorial and we can’t wait to bring it’s versatile medieval uses into the candle light! Proot yer boots and bags, light your lanterns and salve your skin!”
Name: Kelemen’s Archery
Years coming to Abbey? This year will be my first time.
Products: Authentic medieval wooden arrows, bows and archery equipment from Hungary.
“Kelemen’s Archery was established in Hungary, Europe in 1995. Since then our brand has become well known for its high quality in Europe and America. Every piece is made by hand in Hungary with the highest attention to detail. Our arrows are made of Siberian Brovi pine and American turkey feathers with industry unique lacquer applied to the bandage. Our techniques and attention to detail must be seen to be understood just how special and high quality these arrows are.”
Name: Lady Carberry & The Peddlar
Years coming to Abbey? This will be our 7th year
Products: Medieval style homewares, Crafted Wood Goblets, Bowls & Plates, Fine & Costume Jewellery, Garments & Accessories (Hats, Shawls, Scarves, Bags)
“The Medieval Bazaar, Lady Carberry & The Peddlar has become one of the “must visit” spots in the marketplace, offering the finest quality authentic medieval home wares including crafted wood goblets, bowls and plates. Our wood turner will be on hand to assist with all your inquiries on how to care for your wood items and you’ll find him a wealth of knowledge about his craft. Our garments, jewellery and accessories are always much sought after additions to your medieval garb.”
Name: Leather Maid
Years coming to Abbey? 4 Years
Products: Hand crafted custom leather pieces for sale and made to order.
“I consider myself a master leather worker and have dedicated myself to making leather goods of exceptional design, quality, and durability. From archery quivers to scabbards and belts, I strive to create items that are not only beautiful to look at but are fit for purpose.
I have been involved with the Re-enactor community for quite some time and have created beautiful custom pieces for my discerning customers.
Most of my work is by commission and I particularly like requests for something special. I always approach my work with a ‘can do’ attitude. ‘Made by hand’ is at the heart of everything I do from carving and tooling to colouring and hand stitching. I am so confident in all my creations, that I guarantee everything I do for a hundred years!“
Name: Mainly Medieval
Years coming to Abbey? 10 years
Products: Period replicas of domestic pewter-ware, textiles, tools, games and accessories, beauty and hygiene products, books, jewellery and music.
“Mainly Medieval is a collective of traders that aim to educate people about Merchants, their role and lives in medieval society. In our role of medieval merchants we specialise in researching, producing, sourcing and selling high quality, period replica goods for both the re-enactment community and the public. Our wares include reference facsimiles, household linens and textiles, pewter dining ware, hygiene and cosmetic products, games, jewellery and a host of other items used by medieval people as part of their everyday lives.”
Name: Marekyn’s Wardrobe
Years coming to Abbey? 10
Products: Medieval clothing and accessories to deck you out from top to toe. A huge range of headwear, jewellery, metal belts, bags, aprons, shirts and pants, and cloaks to keep you warm. And more besides…
“My period-accurate items of clothing and accessories sell to reenactors across the globe. My passion for research helps me to create accurate reproductions of medieval style, fabrics and stitching. My primary interest is in the many accessories that make the authentic medieval look complete: headwear, bags, cloaks, jewellery etc. Among those, Paternosters are a favourite, and were worn as a fashion or religious statement. I also provide an opportunity for those who want just a taste of the medieval to wear costume pieces referencing the period, at a reasonable price. Many of the items I sell can be worn as modern accessories too. Customers love being able to complement their own style with an alternative twist of medieval flair.”
Name: Medieval Fight Club
Years coming to Abbey? 13 years
Products: Historical replicas – including costume, swords, armour and helmets
Children’s toys and big kid’s (adults) gear too – we are your one stop medieval shop…the Bunnings of the medieval world. Helmets and swords for kids, weapons and armour for grown ups…..costume, archery, feasting gear and curios for everyone. Come and see for yourself!
Name: Qld Palmistry Guild
Years coming to Abbey? About 25 years
Products: Palmistry and Hand Analysis readings
Palmistry was popular in Medieval times offering wise guidance to Lords and Ladies in the absence of psychologists or counsellors. Called Chiromancers some also did Alchemy and Astrology. Everyday folk visited ‘fortune-tellers’, usually Gypsy palm readers, using their psychic skills for predictions.
Staff at our colourful Palmistry Guild tent have many years experience as readers, teachers and book authors. We take our work seriously. Many AMF clients return each year for updates and reminders about the rich information we see in their palms. It’s our belief that your life is in your hands.
Name: Red Gargoyle
Years coming to Abbey? 13 this year
Products: Medieval/Celtic/Norse inspired jewellery, stained glass, banners, wood boxes, button & claps and more.
“My jewellery is inspired by the medieval period featuring pieces from Europe, UK, and the Celtic Nations. The stained glass sun catchers are dazzling in the sun with images of shields, swords, knights, lions, fleur di Lys, Scotch thistle, church windows, celtic crosses and more.”
Name: Sharron’s Country
Years coming to Abbey? This is my 2nd year
Products: HAND made shawls, embroidery patches bags, hand spun wool, silk and cotton
“The things l do are in part with what was done in the time of medieval as l do spinning with a drop spindle and spinning wheel all me bags and patches are hand embroidered in keeping with what was drawn and carved in stone so l put them in to my work which l enjoy doing and showing people how it is done. “
Name: The Crowned Heart
Years coming to Abbey? This will be our sixth year
Products: Medieval headwear and accessories
“We are Brisbane sisters: historian Maureen and milliner Wendy and we delight in hand crafting beautiful and carefully researched medieval accessories. We turn wool, silk and linen, feathers and pearls into the perfect finishing touch to enhance your medieval impression. Whether you need a dashing bycocket hat for the Hunt, an elaborately dagged hood, an elegant hennin, silk veil or tasselled purse, look no further than us.”
Name: The Herbal Gardener
Years coming to Abbey? Second year
Products: Natural Skincare hand made on our certified property where we grow calendula.