Cape Breton’s Beggars Banquet
My heart sank when I saw it on the tour itinerary; a themed costume dinner, where you have to dress up too. My basic nightmare, in fact. But what I hadn’t counted on was the sheer joie de vivre of the Beggars Banquet experience which had me whooping for more by the end of the night, completely won over.
I’ll admit it: I kind of hate costume parties but I think I’ve found my new go-to for any dress-up in the future. Turns out I can rock the hell out of an 18th century wench outfit. It was a packed house at the Point of View Suites‘s dining room, and by the time we’d all been outfitted –and realized we all looked pretty cool in the gear– we went from the changing area into the dining hall and got ready to party like its the 1700s.
Another of my preconceived blahs about these kind of nights is that the food is always secondary to the concept. Again– not here. My lobster was absurdly juicy, buttery and plump. Absolutely perfect! I snagged a little of one of my companion’s tender spider crab and was whooping with delight. There was also a buffet groaning with chowder, salad and a dozen or so sides, and a cream-topped pie for dessert.
Run by Linda, dressed as a bawdy wise-cracking wench with a blackened-out tooth and a predilection for blue jokes, I met her again the next day, this time smartly clad as a soldier at Louisbourg, with a musket and full compliment of teeth, clearly dress-up held no fears for her!
It’s proof of how enthusiastic the team at the Beggars Banquet are that by the end of the night we were dancing together singing along loudly to Alouette (…et le bec, et le bec, Alouette, Alouette-aaaaah!)
The moral of the tale? As a rule beggars can’t be choosers, but if you find yourself in Louisbourg, then choose to be a beggar.
Thanks to the Point of View Suites, the Cape Breton and Nova Scotia tourist boards, and to One Ocean Expeditions for hosting and hospitality as part of their Fins & Fiddles package, but as ever, my words are 100% my own.