The Queen Mary extends a royal welcome to a gathering of the clans. Southern California’s premiere Scottish Festival returns to Long Beach! Celebrating twenty years of Highland fun, ScotsFest is a gathering for anyone with an appreciation for Scottish culture and cuisine, highland sports, skirling bagpipes or the aroma of single-malt whisky. The Queen Mary’s dockside promenade will feature whisky tastings sponsored by The Black Grouse, Famous Grouse, The Macallan, The Single Malt, and Highland Park with plenty of haggis, black buns, and porridge to accompany these legendary marques.
With a Grand Parade, live sheep herding exhibitions, athletic events, sword-dancers, and fiddlers, ScotsFest offers a trip through time and culture for the whole family. Even “wee ones” will be introduced to highland games with potato sack races and archery in the Kids Zone. Enthusiastic visitors travel from as far as Scotland to compete in the International Bag Piping and Scottish Dancing competitions. Amateurs and Professionals are invited to test their skill at darts, piping, dancing, or sport.
Athletics, dancing, piping, and darts. Watch competitors battle through a wide array of traditional Scottish events.
Authentic Food and Beverages
Have a hankering for some haggis, neeps, and tatties? Not exactly sure what those are? Don’t worry, you’ll experience a variety of authentic Scottish cuisine and whisky and learn all about the culinary traditions that make these foods so unique.
The sounds of Scotland will be providing the soundtrack and will include several pipe bands, drummers, fiddle players, and harpists, as well as more contemporary bands with Scottish flair.
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Calling all Scottish clans! Share and exhibit your proud heritage from the great land of the Scots.
Immersion into Scottish entertainment continues as “Rock Yer Kilt” takes center stage from 6 pm – midnight on Saturday with AC/DC tribute band TNT, Wicked Tinkers, Hoist the Colors, Highland Way, The Whooligans, and acoustic band, Sligo Rags.
The glorious Queen Mary epitomizes a proud Scottish ancestry. Built in the famed John Brown shipyards along the River Clyde, she is Scottish through and through. Once a world-leader in industrial design and manufacture, Scotland’s many shipyards, foundries, and production mills built the ships and trains that linked the global British Empire and helped make the world a smaller village. Now she stands sentinel to the annual two-day ScotsFest, herself a living testimonial to Scottish engineering and the appropriate backdrop to Southern California’s multi-cultural gathering of the clans.
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a , 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms including nine full suites.
WHAT: Scottish Festival At The Queen Mary
WHEN: February 16 – 17, 2013 | 9 am – 6 pm
WHERE: 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802
CONTACT INFO: (800) 437-2934
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