Banquet has last hurrah

King Richard I and his wife Berengaria and their loyal subjects invite all Lords and Ladies of Southland to their final Medieval Banquet being held in Invercargill. Photo: Supplied

LORDS and Ladies of Southland are being summoned by King Richard I (aka thespian Sarah McCarthy) and his wife Berengaria (played by actor Carla Wilson) to attend their final Medieval Banquet this month.

Produced annually by events company Gillies Creative, this year’s banquet would transport patrons back to the Middle Ages one last time, organiser Jade Gillies said.

“We’ve had some fantastic banquets over the past couple of years, however 2020 has been such a difficult slog for the events sector that it’s timely to bring this project
to an end.’’

Key supporters Koha Kai, The Contractors band and Windsor Wines would be onboard for one last jaunt.

“They are vital for making this event special, as each organisation adds their own twist on the medieval theme, from the food and ales to the entertainment,” Gillies said.

“It wouldn’t be nearly as good without their contribution.’’

A troupe of actors was also in rehearsal to ensure the medieval theme was strictly adhered to.

They would present a legion of royals, heralds, knights, servants and peasants to welcome guests upon arrival and serve them throughout the evening.

“The acting troupe is another element that has been hugely entertaining for guests and performers alike, especially when arguments flare up among them,’’ Gillies said.

“Don’t expect them all to be cheerful and jolly. And certainly don’t ask for a fork.’’

The final Medieval Banquet would take place at the Scottish Hall on Saturday, November 28.

  • Tickets were $85 per seat or $800 per table and could be bought online at or at the Invercargill City Council booking office.

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