Today, these feasts are a real treat for everyone and lots of fun for all the family. The trip back in time begins at the castle gate, where two guards in medieval costume welcome guests. Before the feast, the governor of the castle gives a short tour of his rooms. The tour leads through the loveliest rooms of the castle, with wooden panelling, tapestries and beautiful furniture.
The hungry guests climb down into the vaulted cellar, where candlelight and animal hides create a warm, cosy atmosphere. There are stone jugs full of Moselle wine ready for those who have worked up a thirst. For children, there is apple juice or even ‘brown lemonade’.
There is a bib for everyone, which adds to the initial amusement. As was normal back then, everything at the medieval feast at Cochem Castle is eaten by hand, and it is really not the done thing to wipe your greasy fingers on the person sitting next to you.
First, servants and maids bring water for washing hands. Count Baldwin, dressed in a fur robe, presides, picks two guests of honour to sit at his table suitably enrobed, and explains the table manners. Medieval feasts were definitely a rustic affair, but as women were allowed to take part, the rules of conduct were a little more refined.