The seventh annual Gumeracha Medieval Fair was held on the 4th and 5th of May in the Federation park in the centre of the scenic Adelaide Hills Hamlet. Last year the crowd were thrilled to be able to watch watermelons and pumpkins soar effortlessly over the treetops to splatter over 100 meters away from the Trebuchet – a replica of a medieval siege engine. This year our noble Kings Horses were back with their mighty steeds!
This year our local Falconer, Paul Willcock brought his Peregrine Falcons and young Wedge-tailed Eagle to awe the audience.
In the central combat arena even more Knights from local Medieval Re-enactment Groups will come to clash swords and challenge one another! The fast and furious Border Celts wielding their sturdy hawthorn sticks will dance a more vigorous Warrior style “Step Dance” set and the Ghille Mhor Dancers will again demonstrate their deft broad sword dance steps. This year we will be welcoming a new fighting group to the arena, the Iron Clad Academy of the Sword.
The Viking encampment will again be enlarged with visitors from Victoria and will be particularly interesting as they are showing visitors their techniques of campfire cooking and craftwork. The new Celtic Domain – with a Bardic Storyteller, musicians and the Gawler Irish Dancing Club dancers , as well as the Highland cattle and celtic craft stalls will be located near the Medieval Pavillion.
Once again musicians and entertainers from across the state will be entertaining us with medieval folk music from many cultural backgrounds. We will have the pleasure of the company of Jack Brennan, local Uilleann Piper, John Abbernante with his fiddle, harpist Siobhan Owen and Irish Whistle Player Tony Gill. The Silk Road Musicians and the Saffron Tribal Bellydancers will be now located in the Middle Eastern tent near the front gate. Around Midday on both days, we will be encouraging attendance to the daily costume competition.
The dedicated children’s area will again be featuring members of the Storytellers Guild, face-painters, a children’s costume maker, as well as the Native Animal Nursery and the popular Punch & Judy show to ensure there was a lot for the whole family to enjoy. The very popular “Merchants Lane” is again offering a wide range of medieval style crafts, goods and activities, including the popular portraits by Emerson Ward & Anthea Wright
Across Kenton Creek, in the Medieval Village visitors will be able to find Andy the village blacksmith hard at work in the “smithy” and Mick the Chain-maille artisan. The village encapsulates what life was like in medieval times as the spinners, a herbalist, calligraphers, costumers, the cooper, metal spinner and several woodworkers ply their trade. Past the village, patrons will find the Medieval Archery ground where they can experience demonstrations with the famous English Longbow.
Our food purveyors will be following the medieval theme with sumptuous tastes to tempt the passer-by, particularly from the huge spit-roasts from the Sword & The Ox. Regional foods and beverages derived in the local Torrens Valley area will be organised by Wendy and David Cook of the Birdwood Wine and Cheese Centre. The famous “Mein Hosts” from the Lobethal Bierhaus will be serving their award winning beers and mead in the tavern. The Gumeracha Town Hall will be alive with a new Middle Eastern flavoured Medieval Feast by Sean Bradshaw and his team from HQ Cuisine. This great Medieval dinner will be complimented by live entertainment.
All this historical fun is being put together with the co-operation of local community and service groups of the Torrens Valley. From the last Fair net profits of $15,000 were dispersed back into the local community by the Management Committee. This has become an exciting annual event which benefits the whole of the Gumeracha and Torrens Valley District.
See you there on the 3rd, 4th May next year!
Open times are 10 am -5pm Sat and 10am -4pm Sun
Admission Prices for 2013: Adults $15 (2 days $25)
Concession & Students $10 (2 days $ 15)
Children (under 5 free) $5 (2 days $5)
Family ( 2 Adults 3 Children ) $30 (2 days $50)
Below is the 2013 Event schedule rough draft, a more up to date draft will be available in the official program available at the fair.