Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament: Review & Giveaway

Winter can be harsh here in Toronto with temperatures plummeting to -30˚C (that’s -22˚F for my American readers). The cold, snow and ice may be daunting but it isn’t enough to keep me cooped up inside all season. If you’re looking for a great indoor activity for family fun, date night or special occasions, Medieval Times offers a unique dining experience. Attending the tournament is like being blasted back in time and landing in the middle of King Arthur’s Kingdom or a scene from Game of Thrones. As you feast to your heart’s content an epic battle unfolds before you and brave knights clash swords to win favor with Princess Catalina. There is even a sinister villain who must be conquered to save the land from destruction because all good fairy tales need excitement and a little drama.

This wasn’t my first time at the castle, I visited 2 years ago with my sister for a memorable girl’s night out and we had a blast! Our knight kicked butt and the food was delicious. Last weekend I went with my husband for date night and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner you may want to make reservations early. Many people I met while browsing the gift shops were also repeat visitors because who can resist the appeal of a hearty meal and a fantastic show!

Tickets start at $69.95 for adults and $49.95 for children 12 and under. I had the King’s Royalty package which I highly recommend. It comes with priority castle access (no waiting in line), VIP first or second row seating in the center section (as opposed to first come - first serve), cheering banner and small keepsake towel. From now until February 28, 2018 you can also use promotional code WINTER18 to save up to $19.00 per person (see website for details).

Prior to the main event guests have time to explore the hall filled with interesting memorabilia or you can grab a drink and do some shopping. It is always a good idea to arrive early.

When you enter the castle you are cordially greeted by staff wearing costumes from Medieval Times and no matter how old you are its fun to join-in the fantasy. Wave your banner proudly, cheer on your favorite fighter and clink mugs with people around you as everyone becomes part of the show.

In Medieval Times there was no cutlery or fine china at a good old fashion joust so don’t expect any at the castle. When the food arrives there is no formality, simply roll up your sleeves and dig in with your hands. The menu doesn’t change much but the feast is scrumptious. You start with a bowl of flavorful tomato bisque followed by a half chicken dinner roasted to perfection with a side of herb basted potato, buttery garlic bread and a corn cobette. The seasoning was a bit mild for my taste but the food is cooked to suit a wide variety of palettes. A selection of soft drinks and water is brought to the table by a friendly serving wench (yes that is their official title) and of course the best part – dessert and coffee. The service is quick and the kitchen does a great job accommodating most dietary needs which also includes vegetarian options. 

The best part of the show (aside from stuffing your face) is the majestic horses that gallop around the ring as performers compete in skill competitions. The audience was mesmerized by the flacon trainer as he unleashed his graceful bird above our heads and let him swoop and dive around the arena at incredible speeds. Not to toot my own horn but I might be a lucky charm or just really good at cheering because my knight won the tournament again!

Medieval Times takes dinner theater to a new level and if you haven’t experienced this hidden gem at Toronto’s iconic Exhibition Grounds then come on down and join-in the fun! For reservations and more info please visit the website by clicking HERE.

Giveaway - CLOSED
I love the show so much that I am giving away 2 tickets to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Toronto!

How to Enter
Please leave a comment below explaining why you would like to win tickets to Medieval Times.
*Remember to include your Twitter and/or Instagram Handle (whichever you are following me on).

The rules are simple:
*You MUST be following me on either Instagram @DiaryofaTrendaholic, Twitter @EricaChristinaD or both to be eligible. The winner will be contacted on social media by direct message so if you aren’t following you can’t be notified. You can also follow and subscribe to my blog on Bloglovin and Google+ for new articles and updates.

*This contest is open to residents of the Greater Toronto Area (18+) as tickets can only be used at the Exhibition grounds location.

*One Winner will be chosen at random and must provide a valid email address when contacted in order to receive tickets and reservation information.

*ONE entry per person – Giveaway is open until Saturday February 10, 2018.

Special thanks to everyone who supports my blog and entered my giveaway. A winner has been selected at random - congratulations to @Rome_IX I hope you have a fabulous time at the show! If you didn't win this time please stay tuned for more great giveaways!

Good Luck!

Rules Regulation and Disclaimer
This Giveaway hosted by Diary of a Trendaholic Blog includes 2 tickets to Medieval Times Toronto (approximate value $150.00). Tickets provided courtesy of Medieval Times expire on April 30, 2018 with no exceptions. Cash-out options or replacement prizes will not be offered. The winner is responsible for calling Medieval Times Toronto to arrange preferred show and dinner times. One winner will be chosen at random and results cannot be contested. The winner will have 3 days to claim the prize after being notified by direct message on the social media handle provided in the comment entry. An unclaimed prize will result in subsequent random draws until a winner can be verified. Winners must provide their own transportation to and from the venue (parking is not included). Social media accounts dedicated only to contest and giveaway content may be disqualified along with contestants who continually follow and un-follow this blog and its associated social media accounts. You must be following Diary of a Trendaholic on Twitter (@EricaChristinaD), Instagram (@DiaryofaTrendaholic) or both to qualify, only one entry per person will be eligible. Falsified entries or entries that cannot be verified may be disqualified at the discretion of the blog owner and Diary of a Trendaholic reserves the right to cancel or amend this giveaway at any time without prior notice or warning. The giveaway will run from Wednesday January 24, 2018 at around 1 pm EST until Saturday February 10, 2018 EST. A winner will be chosen within 1-2 week after the giveaway’s end date. The promotion of this giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook or any other social media sites and blogging platforms. By participating you agree to a complete release of any liability for all websites that may be used to promote this giveaway and you will have agreed to all rules and regulations herein.

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