Back for its 55th year, the Dunedin Highland Games return to Tampa Bay on April 1, and organizers are promising this year’s festivities are “bigger and better than ever.” The all-day extravaganza lasts from 8 am to 7 pm at Highlander Park in Dunedin, and tickets at the door are $20. Children 12 and under get in free with an adult who purchased a ticket.
The annual event is a gigantic celebration of all things Scotland, featuring bagpipers, drummers, highland strength competitions and dancing. Included in the festivities is a massive market with tons of traditional Scottish food, Celtic merchants, beer, wine and more.
Hosted by the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation, the festival is one of the country’s largest Highland Games every year, and is true to its roots with imported Scottish goods, cultural booths, and entire food court of Scottish delights. And for those who may not have a stomach for Haggis, there will be plenty of “normal” food available, as well.
Highland Games bring authentic taste of Scotland to Florida
From their website: “Oh, Dunedin, the pipes the pipes are calling ye. DSAF is so excited to welcome everybody back to the best Highland Games in the country.”
The DSAF lists the following among their attractions, noting that there is much more to behold and experience at the Dunedin Highland Games.
- Piping, Drumming and Pipe Band competitions with the best individuals and Pipe Bands in the country.
- Florida Open Highland Dance Championship.
- The amazing Scottish Heavyweight Athletics.
- Vendors selling Scottish Crafts, clothes and whatnots.
- Food Court featuring not only delicious Scottish food but also some regular and unusual options.
- Sheep Dog Demonstrations.
Tickets to the Dunedin Highland Games are available here.
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