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Fun, Food and Philharmonic Music: The Tudor Holiday Dinner Concerts

This year’s dinner concerts will feature plenty of delicious foods and activities.

The fun, lively-and most importantly delicious-feasts enjoyed by nobles in Tudor England date back to over 500 years ago. As the legend goes, the original idea of a boar’s head feast originated in England when a scholar encountered a wild boar in his path. He knocked the animal out with a heavy book, and presented it at a Christmas mass banquet.

Here at the Wisconsin Union, the feast is prepared more conventionally, but the spirit of the tradition is kept alive through the 84th Tudor Holiday Dinner Concerts from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3—this year’s with a few exciting changes.

With renovations at Memorial Union complete, this year’s series of dinner concerts will be back in the Great Hall. Conference Coordinator of Campus Events Services Hannah Scott shared details of this year’s feast.

“This year we are reimaging the dinner with new aspects, such as guest emcees that will walk the guests through the evening,” Scott said.

The food–featuring delicious meat and vegetarian options like roasted pork tenderloin, apple currant compote, fennel mushroom and leeks, hand stuffed artichokes and more—isn’t the only thing to look forward to.

Performances by the Philharmonic Chorus Madison, the presentation of the Boar’s head, a Yuletide toast, the grand processional and caroling and more will keep attendees excited all night long.

To learn more about the Tudor Holiday Dinner and purchase tickets, click here.

Author: Ellie Herman

Ellie Herman is a senior at UW-Madison studying Journalism and Mass Communication and French. If she's not petting every dog at the Terrace, you can probably find her drinking massive amounts of coffee at Peet's in Memorial Union.

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