Here is handy guide on the delicious drinks you will find at the festival.
Ales & Beers: The oldest recorded recipes are over 3000 years old and brewing was originally ‘women’s work’, using a mix of malt and water to make the popular Ale favoured by the lower class and often consumed in place of water. The magic of hops was discovered and beer (as we know it today) was born.
In addition to premium bottled beer offering at the festival, such as Peroni and James Boags, why not try Celtic Heather Ale (Celtic red ale with organic heather tips, originally used throughout Ireland & Scotland before hops. Easy drinking nutty tasting ale with a nice floral aroma) or Elderflower Summer Ale (A light refreshing English Ale made with Elderflowers. The elderflowers give it a lovely floral aroma & unique taste).
Wines: Enjoyed by nobility, wines were produced from a wide variety of ingredients including cherry, current, raspberry and pomegranate. Why not make your festival experience a little noble and enjoy a cup or two of hearty mulled wine from Friars Folly tavern, a red wine that has been warmed an infused with deliciously spicy aromatics including cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Mead: Made by fermenting honey (and often infused with spices, herbs or fruit) mead has enjoyed a reputation as being the chosen tipple of the Greek Gods and fairy folk. The sweet honey beverage was also favoured by Viking honeymooners as an aphrodisiac to add a little sweetness to their nuptials. Add a little of that sweetness to your festival experience with a glass of ale from Friar’s Folly, made with premium honey from the Chateau Dorrien in the Barossa Valley.
Norfolk Punch: Stemming from an ancient recipe in the Welle Manor Hall, the Benedictine Monks recorded the recipe for this ‘cure-all’. This non-alcoholic punch enjoyed favour in medieval times until King Henry the VIII abolished the monastic orders and the recipe was lost. In 1980, the new owner of Welle Manor was fortunate to re-discover the recipe which includes 26 natural ingredients including nutmeg, elder beery, meadowsweet and cinnamon.
Cider and Perry: Cider seems to be somewhat of a new trend these days, but cider has a long and delicious history! Cider is the fermented juice of apples, and perry is the fermented juice of pears. These delicious, fruity drinks are a light, sweet alternative to beer. We will be serving both beverages at the festival and we will have non-alcoholic versions as well. Our cider and perry is Three Oakes brand, proudly made at the Step Rd Winery in South Australia.
All this and more will be available at this year’s Abbey Medieval Festival – we cannot wait to give some of these a try! For more information, check out this fun site with recipes you can try yourself!