Grand Guild Celebration
Perhaps the most festive and memorable event in Olde Hansa is the Grand Guild Celebration. This plentiful experience gives an idea of what the city’s grandest celebration might have looked like 700 years ago. In addition to a rich selection of food, guests will be delighted by medieval troubadours, the Herald, a procession in the Old Town and an illusion dish.
The Grand Guild Celebration begins at the Viru Gates, where the Herald greets the guests with troubadours and flag bearers. Together they start moving to Olde Hansa in a festive procession accompanied by music. The Herald announces across the streets that the distinguished guests are on their way to the Rich Merchant’s House. There, the House Lord or House Lady greets the honored guests and offers them a warming welcome drink. To make the experience even more memorable, the guests have the opportunity to enter the house through the side door and along an authentic medieval spiral staircase. Upon arrival, the appetizers are already waiting for the guests on the table. It could be considered that the procession, welcome drinks and walking up the spiral staircase can take 30-40 minutes.
The celebration is hosted by the Herald. He introduces the customs and festive dishes of the time, organizes medieval games for the guests and keeps the mood up. During the evening, guests can listen to troubadours, who play cheerful tunes alongside the meal.
As always with the feasts in our house, all the dishes are brought to the table, which the guests can share among themselves in a brotherly manner. If the table runs out of something, the servants will bring more if necessary. Therefore, it is wise to show up to the celebration on an empty stomach. The highlight of the evening is an illusion dish brought in between two men. Usually it is a medieval cog ship, and in it a dessert is brought to the hall – Velvety Delight of the Nobility – rose pudding.
The cost of the program part of the Grand Guild Celebration is 1200 € per group of 21-100 people, which adds to the price of the selected feast. The duration of the celebration is 3 hours.