The banquet would have been a crowded and noisy affair. Guests would have brought retainers who would act as gofers to their masters. The highest members of society may have also brought tasters along to see if the food was poisoned. Servants would have been running around bringing wine, food, and fresh trenchers. Dogs may have been a common sight gnawing on bones and scraps on the floor. Entertainment, such as much as music and acrobats would have further added to the bustle and noise.