The eighth annual Gumeracha Medieval Fair will be held on the 3rd & 4th May in the Federation Park from 10am-5pm on Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday. Once again, there will be another two days of fun and excitement with a medieval theme. Last year over 11,000 people had a wonderful time and this year will be even bigger!
This year will see another new exciting event at the Fair:
A new Fantasy Battlesport has been established under the banner of Adelaide Live Action Swords & Sorcery. This group is similar in some ways to our other local Knights and Vikings but which also incorporates another level of fantasy for those who want to experience “live action” in a more casual manner. The Group will have a large display and an action arena.
Another flight display with Falconer Paul Wilcock and his Peregrine Falcons will take place during the Fair this year as well as some other birds he has been working with. This event is always a fantastic photo opportunity.
The solid wooden Moat Perrier (Medieval Slingshot) will also be back to thrill the crowds as will the King’s Horses Equestrian Group showing off their “skill at arms”.
In the combat arena the Knights and Vikings from local Medieval Re-enactment Groups will clash swords looking to impress the beautiful medieval maidens. The Viking encampment is always particularly interesting, showing the visitors their craftwork and techniques of campfire cooking. The fast and furious Border Celts with their sturdy hawthorn sticks and the broadswords of the Ghille Mhor dancers contrast with the graceful girls of the Gawler Irish Dancing Club.
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 find village blacksmiths including Andy 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, an herbalist, Basket-makers, Calligraphers, Costumiers, the Cooper 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 together with the Moat Perrier (medieval hand powered siege engine).
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 $16,000 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!
Open times are 10 am -5pm Sat and 10am -4pm Sun
Admission Prices for 2014: 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)
Please note: For all the would be knights and vikings coming to the fair this year, we have word on the public weapons policy: “All weapons brought onto the Fair site must be Peacebonded. This means they must be secured in such a fashion that they may not be drawn for use. The common method used to secure a weapon is to lash it into its sheath or belt.”