We are raiding far and wide to bring you an amazing lineup of historians, artists, writers and creative minds who have helped make the Vikings fandom what it is today.
Daniel Serra is a Swedish culinary archeologist, specialized in Viking Age and medieval food. His background is in prehistoric and medieval archeology, but he took a keen interest in the culinary side of the past during his time as an archeology student, trying out any recipe he could find from Ancient Rome to medieval and Renaissance Europe After his studies he was involved in a medieval catering firm, serving medieval/renaissance dinners and trying to educate the customers on medieval food culture on the side. As he was accepted as a PhD-student his main focus became the culinary practices of the Viking Age, part of his studies involved looking at and recreating Viking food through experimental archaeology. While the thesis never was finished, the experimental studies of tastes from the Viking Age took a main seat, and has been Daniel's main subject ever since. Today Daniel is a freelancing culinary archaeologist, researching, cooking and talking about food from the Viking Age, and other periods up until the 17th century. He has been hired as a lecturer and demonstrator by both museums and events both all over Scandinavia and in the US. Pre-covid he has done recurring tours in the midwest of USA where he has taught, cooked and talked about Viking Age food. His research has so far resulted in two books “An Early Meal - a Viking Age Cookbook and Culinary Odyssey” and “En sås av ringa värde”, co-authored with Hanna Tunberg. “An Early Meal- a Viking Age Cookbook and Culinary Odyssey” is his study on Viking Age food recreated as a cookbook, and “En sås av ringa värde” is a translation/interpretation of the so-called Harpesträng cookbook from 13th century Denmark. The latter is currently being thoroughly updated and translated to English.
At VikingsCon, Daniel will be hosting a cooking workshop Saturday and Sunday with re-enactment group Clan of the Raven. Clan of the Raven is a non-profit historical education group focused on The Viking Age.
Internationally recognized weapons and combative instructor Steve Huff is the Founder and Director of Creative Combat, a Los Angeles based martial arts fight & action performance training studio. Steve has gained international recognition for his work in early American, Viking and Gladiatorial combatives in particular. At VikingsCon, Steve will be offering the following workshops and presentations:
Shield Maiden Training
This workshop will explore the fundamental principles of Viking combat with axe, sword, seax and shield. Participants will learn the basic principles of attack and defense with a variety of weapons, and will receive a Certificate of Training upon completion.
Build your own Viking Fight
This workshop will examine how fight sequences are developed for film, and participants will be given a choreographed routine that will then be filmed on their phone/camera. Participants will be given a choice of weapons from sword, axe, seax and shield.
An Inside Look at Fight Choreography for Film
This presentation will give an inside look on how fight scenes are built and filmed for film/tv with audience feedback/Q&A throughout the presentation.
Fantasy Author Kathryn Blanche writes novels in her favorite local cafes when not indulging her love for travel. Aside from exploring the world, this California native may be found designing for theatre, reading, fencing, or teaching. Caught by Demons, the first novel in her Laila of Midgard series takes place in Post-apocalyptic Los Angeles where humans and Supernaturals coexist in tentative peace. Newly recruited Special Agent Laila Eyvindr and her team at the Inter-Realm Security Agency (IRSA) respond to Supernatural related crimes within the city. But it’s a challenge for an Elf, like Laila, to keep the peace when humans are still suspicious of Supernaturals.
Kathryn will be doing booking signings both Saturday and Sunday at VikingsCon.
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