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A History of Twelfth Night...
Twelfth Night Medieval Feast
Held in mid January, the Twelfth Night Medieval Feast has
become an incredible popular event at the Inn. Dressed in
costume, participants dig into roasted meats and a variety of
dishes where utensils are
optional. A King and Queen are
selected from among the guests
to preside over the event. A
portion of the proceeds from each
Twelfth Night Feast are donated
to a local charity which varies
year to year.
Twelfth Night Medieval Feast
January 18, 2015
beginning at 5:30 pm
Cost: $32.00 per person
In Tudor England, the Twelfth Night marked the end of a winter
festival that started on All Hallows Eve — now more commonly
known as Halloween. The Lord of Misrule symbolizes the world
turning upside down. On this day the King and all those who
were high would become the peasants and vice versa. At the
beginning of the twelfth night festival a cake which contained a
bean was eaten. The person who found the bean would run the
feast. Midnight signaled the end of his rule and the world would
return to normal. The common theme was that the normal order
of things was reversed. This Lord of Misrule tradition can be
traced to pre-Christian European festivals such as the Celtic
festival of Samhain and the Ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia.