Viking feast

Viking feast at St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall; 7.00pm on 11 July 2012
When Jul 11, 2012
from 07:00 PM to 11:55 PM
Where St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, Orkney
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01856 569302
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On Wednesday the 11th of July you have the chance to experience a Viking Feast when the St Magnus Centre in Kirkwall is transformed into the hall of Earl Harald Maddadarson of Orkney.

The event is organised by the Centre for Nordic Studies, whose team will contribute their expertise to the event. The feast itself offers authentic Viking Age food, based on what we know of Viking diet from saga literature and archaeological excavations. The meal itself will be prepared by the West End Hotel and form the main part of the event. Storyteller Tom Muir will be in character as the host, Earl Harald Maddadarson, and entertain his guests with stories from Viking mythology and folklore as well as stories of his ancestors, allies and political enemies from the Orkneyinga Saga. The Viking re-enactment group from Hoy is also coming, with a demonstration of Viking crafts, including a replica of the tablet loom found at Oseberg, as well as woodwork, cooking pots, toys, games and weaponry. Jo Constantine will show Viking textile techniques and model clothing. As the drinking and brewing of ale was an important part of the Viking age culture, Merryn Dineley is providing a display of traditional brewing technique, whereas archaeologist Christopher Gee will be showing his accurate replicas of Viking Age silver jewellery as found in the Skaill Hoard.

A Viking feast is of course a merry affair, so in addition to the meal and displays, the guests will also be able to participate in Viking age merriment such as games, music and dancing. Guests are encouraged to come in costume if they can, but this is not compulsory. The feast is open to visitors and locals alike. Tickets may be bought from the Centre for Nordic Studies, Kiln Corner, or booked on tel. 01856 569 302, or by e-mail

The Viking Feast is sponsored by the Orkney Brewery.