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Preview of stalls!

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!

Food/Drinks

 

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.”

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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!”

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Name: Mrs. Bean Coffee

Years coming to Abbey? This will be 3 years

Products: Coffee’s, teas, turmeric and beetroot latte

“Mrs Bean’s coffee brew is getting the punters and guests of the Festival energised so that they have enough strength to wonder and endure through the whole event.  Our teas are beautiful and calming and the turmeric and beetroot will heal you from the inside.”

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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.“

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Crafts/Products

 

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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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!“

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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.”

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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.”

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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!

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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.

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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.”

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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. “

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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.”

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Name: The Herbal Gardener

Years coming to Abbey? Second year

Products: Natural Skincare hand made on our certified property where we grow calendula.

“The calendula flowers are transformed into infused oil – a traditional herbalist method – and used into the formulation of every product.
Calendula is a medicinal herb used since ancient Greek time. It is incredible for the skin; rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, it assists in nurturing and repairing the skin.”

Stallholders at the Abbey Medieval Festival

Hark! Medieval stallholders, traders and vendors – we want you!

Merchants and stallholders selling or demonstrating wares at the medieval market-place is one of the most popular attributes of the Abbey Medieval Festival and a much loved favourite of fans and visitors!

Medieval Stallholders

The aim of the festival is to provide an authentic medieval environment, including the market place and each year carefully selected stallholders take part.  Stalls include items such as medieval food, arts, crafts and weapons such as medieval swords or shields. The period re-created at the Abbey Medieval Festival covers a thousand years – from AD 600 to 1600 – allowing a great variety of re-enactment arts and crafts.  

What medieval goods do you have?

High standards are set for our merchants, crafts persons or artisans, with the bench-mark being raised year-on-year, in order to consistently improve on our reputation as Australia’s most authentic medieval event.  With almost 30,000 visitors annually, we welcome new merchants and crafts persons to our market. Participation is on a first-come, first-accepted process, providing the criteria is met.  Applications are now open for the 2019 festival, and if you would like send us an application, please read the Medieval Stallholder Requirements to check the necessary details. Wearing a costume appropriate to your time period is a requirement and a general reference to the particular era your goods relate to should also be made in your application.

Demonstrators’ stalls

Demonstrators of crafts should use materials of the period; for instance, card-weaving displays should have cards of appropriate materials, such as leather, bone or wood. Modern playing cards used in tablet weaving displays are not in keeping with our medieval theme and are not acceptable.  We accept that some crafts may need to use some modern tools and materials however, these should be kept to a minimum and if possible out of sight of the public. Blatantly modern items are not in keeping with our medieval theme and should be hidden or eliminated.   And each year we ask traders to work a little harder to become an authentic participant!

Here are some examples of our stallholders  or demonstrator skills that we are sourcing:

  • Calligraphy
  • Illumination
  • Book binding
  • Leatherwork
  • Jewellery
  • Metalwork and black-smithing
  • Armour and weapons
  • Enamel work
  • Carving in wood, bone, antler and ivory
  • Mosaic
  • pottery
  • Glasswork
  • Stained glass
  • Painting in fresco, tempera and oils
  • Stonework
  • Embroidery and other textile arts
  • Spinning, weaving and dying
  • Tablet weaving
  • Braid making
  • Cooking

 

We especially welcome purveyors of crafts that are specifically medieval, such as pilgrim badge makers, potters making authentic medieval pottery, costumers in the style of the period, armourers, and so on.

Submit an application form!

So, if you are a merchant or craft-person selling or demonstrating wares that were part of the artistic heritage of the Middle Ages, we want you! Remember to check out the details firs, and if you are still interested, submit your application for 2019.

MEDIEVAL MARKETPLACE: Food, Wine, Weapons and Crafts.

Good morrow, good people. The year 2014 carries us to the 25th anniversary of the annual Abbey Medieval Festival. This silver celebration will see the Medieval Marketplace bustling with excitement as Brave Knights, Warriors and Fair Ladies come from across the ages to choose where to spend their hard earned Gold Pieces. Fill your bellies with food from across the Middle Ages. Find the licensed taverns to enjoy medieval brews. Browse rows of markets to adorn yourselves with various medieval crafts and weaponry. All of our exciting markets will be easy to find with a two page spread in the festival program – read on to get to know what to expect from the Medieval Marketplace.

The Medieval Marketplace will be brimming with foods from the Middle Ages of Western Europe and the Near East. Imagine the scent of hot baking bread, sizzling whole pig on the spit, lamb shanks, venison, beef, chicken legs and fire grilled sausages. Now, think about a bouquet of spiced vegetables and stews cooked over a hot wood fire. Flavours that have been enjoyed for centuries all come to life at the Abbey. Foods that make the cool Abbey days warm. Taste the sweet delights that have been made with ancient recipes, all perfect for a weekend of medieval faire fun. There are options available for all diets – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and those with a nagging sweet tooth. No need to pack a lunch, feast at the festival!

The famous Stag Inn and Friars Folly Tavern will be helping us all to celebrate in fine medieval style. The Stag Inn, found in the main market area, will be serving their renowned array of hot pies, platters and toasted mulled wine, medieval ciders and cordials in a rustic straw laden encampment, complete with fire and wooden tables. At the Jousting end of the festival you’ll find Friars Folly Tavern, positioned right next door to the musical entertainment, Friars Folly is a prime location for merriness and tasting of premium recipes of herbed beer, and it is only a stone’s throw from the Jousting Arena!

The choice of Craft and Weaponry found at the festival makes holding on to Gold Pieces even more difficult than the smell of fresh food. Be prepared to find quality medieval items ranging from superior clothing, home decor, swords, axes, helms, games, jewellery, museum souvenirs and artwork from specialist merchants with the tricks of the trade.

With all of this in mind, be sure to pick up a program at the gates. All of the stalls will be numbered on an easy to use map. The food, craft and licensed areas will be named and numbered, and speciality stalls with vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options highlighted for ease of enjoyment at the festival. We are looking forward to showcasing the finest medieval merchants at the 2014 Abbey Medieval Festival. Help us celebrate the Middle Ages in all of its glory.