Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner - Welcome to King's Landing
Nic and Gillian, the co-founders and organisers. Photo credit: Bryan Huang for Geek Crusade

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It was a night full of fun, feasting, wine, giveaways and of course, cosplayers. It might have been April Fool’s, but Welcome to King’s Landing was no joke: the first of our Dinner is Coming series, where fans come together over food.

We chose a Game of Thrones theme for our first event, with food by Michelin-starred chef Osvaldo Forlino. It took place at No Menu Restaurant in Boon Tat Street, which is run by Chef Osvaldo and his family, who  are lovely, lovely people.

They let us add our own Game of Thrones decor to the restaurant, and the result was a very rustic, medieval and fantastical setting.

By the way, those posters you see on the wall – they come from the “Beautiful Deaths” series, featuring interpretations of the TV series’ most ironic deaths, by artist Robert Ball and other fans.

Gillian came up with a great system to check people in. Each of our 53 guests – we sold out! – would be issued a personalised bookmark with a colour-coded ribbon, to indicate their choice of main course.

Guests who had opted for alcohol would also be given gold coins, which could be exchanged for glasses of wine.

Besides two family members, we also had our Grumpy Geek Bryan Huang to help out at the event. He does look rather pleased here.

Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner - Welcome to King's Landing
The Night’s Watch had gotten rather lax in their rules about drinking. ©Geek Crusade

Our guests started arriving by 715pm or so, including our first cosplayers of the night – Sergio and Meri, a Spanish couple dressed as Jaime and Cersei Lannister.

Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner
Photo credit: Bryan Huang for Geek Crusade

The two of them are great fun, and Meri really got into her role. When she signed in and I asked if she was alone, she replied: “No, my twin brother’s coming too.”

And later on, when I accidentally struck her and apologised (profusely, of course), she went: “Careful. I’m the mother of the king.” It was a good thing Ser Ilyn Payne was nowhere nearby.

Another pair of cosplayers, Sheril and Samantha, came as Daenerys Targaryen and Euron Greyjoy.

Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner - Welcome to King's Landing
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Once most of our guests had arrived, we served bread and salt, as befits an event where blood might potentially be spilled.

Gillian and I gave a little speech explaining the concept of Dinner Is Coming, and assuring them that they wouldn’t be murdered – unless they came from Woodlands, or anywhere near the North.

Chef Osvaldo had a little story to tell too (most of which he ad-libbed) about how he had gathered the greens from Fort Canning for the salad, and killed a wild boar to serve up to them.

And then it was time for the food, all of it inspired by the books. The first course: summer green salad.

“This evening, they had supped on oxtail soup, summer greens tossed with pecans, grapes, red fennel and crumbled cheese…..Lord Janos allowed that he had never eaten half so well.” ~A Clash Of Kings.

Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner - Welcome to King's Landing
Summer green salad Photo credit: Bryan Huang for Geek Crusade

This was followed by mushroom soup with snails.

“The first dish was a creamy soup of mushrooms and buttered snails, served in gilded bowls.” ~A Storm Of Swords

Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner - Welcome to King's Landing
Mushroom soup with snails. Photo credit: Bryan Huang for Geek Crusade

And then the main course – braised boar belly with apple sauce, or almond-crusted trout with parsley potatoes.

“You should have been at the feast, Tyrion. There has never been a boar so delicious. They cooked it with mushrooms and apples, and it tasted like triumph.” ~ A Clash Of Kings

Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner
Braised boar belly with apple sauce. Photo credit: Bryan Huang for Geek Crusade

“Hamish left them, his place taken by a smallish elderly bear who danced clumsily to pipe and drum, while the wedding guests ate trout with a crust of crushed almonds.” ~ A Clash Of Kings

Meanwhile, we were getting a bit worried. The main course was already being served, but four of our guests had yet to turn up. Could they have forgotten about the dinner? Was there an emergency at work?

So Gillian gave one of them a call, only to find out that they were being held up by a “wardrobe malfunction”!

To take that time and effort to get their costumes right – that is commitment sial.

It was almost 9pm when they arrived, and they were a sight to behold. The Khal and Khaleesi, Littlefinger and Lady Catelyn Tully.

Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner - Welcome to King's Landing
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And purely by coincidence, they has been allocated to the same table as the Lannisters! As Sergio put it later: “This is a momentous occasion, to have so many great Houses together at once.”

Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner - Welcome to King's Landing
Photo credit: Bryan Huang for Geek Crusade

We did a giveaway too, with Game of Thrones notebooks that we had gotten at Comic Con. Try testing your GOT knowledge with these questions that I asked:

  • What is the name of Tywin Lannister’s late wife?
  • During the course of her journey, Arya Stark goes by many names. Name three of them.
  • How old was Theon Greyjoy when he became a ward of House Stark?

Then it was time for a special treat – medieval honey wine, which we threw in for our guests at no charge.

But first, we got our diners to stand up and, with hand on heart, recite a very special Game of Thrones vow.

This is an actual GOT vow invented by cray cray fans, complete with ritual: “I (name) promise to be way too into Game of Thrones. From now, till the end of time.” Of course, we drank to it.

The final course of the night – dessert, which was pear poached in wine, with a side of gelato.

“The war had not touched the fabled bounty of Highgarden. While singers sang and tumblers tumbled, they began with pears poached in wine.” ~ A Clash Of Kings

Geek Crusade's Game of Thrones dinner - Welcome to King's Landing
Photo credit: Bryan Huang for Geek Crusade

I can’t tell you how good it felt to see everyone enjoying the food, and having a good time.

We ended the night with a very special message from David Peterson, inventor of the Dothraki language, whom we interviewed some time back.

For a full album of photos from the event, go to our Facebook page.

Tonight, we’re attending a special HBO screening of the season 4 premiere, two whole days before the US! Look out for our tweets on that @GeekCrusade.

Valar Morghulis!

[alert-announce] Due to overwhelming demand, we will be staging a second Game of Thrones dinner at No Menu Restaurant on May 5.  Buy your tickets here.[/alert-announce]