This past weekend I attended my second Celtic Fest. It runs Fri-Sun the last full weekend in September in Bethlehem, PA. Not only is it a fun filled weekend with music, dancing and vendors, it is filled with drink and of course food.
This years beer offerings were:
- Miller Lite
- Wood Chuck Cider
As well as whiskey tastings and Barefoot wine.
There are many food offering from the normal fest food such as hamburgers and fries, fish and chips to more Celtic fare, shepherds pie, corned beef and cabbage and haggis. They even have one of my favorites, Aw-Shucks Corn and new this year was Tilted Kilt. Their Irish nachos were surprisingly good.
The weather was great, slightly warm with little to no rain. The beer was flowing and flowing. The music was loud and rocking. Dancing girls hair was bouncing and the food was fling fast.
By 2pm on Saturday two of the three booths serving shepherds pie were sold out with 9 hours remaining in the day. Haggis was a close second as many people know what it is and it’s all the rage that weekend but little know tha what they are actually eating is Americanized haggis. Real authentic haggis cannot be served due to the ingredients. However, if you have a butcher that you can talk to, you may be able to score yourself the parts needed to make it at home.
I have eaten the real thing, it’s definitely hard to stomach and is a real test for a foodie.
Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours.
Some may say it is nutty in texture and very savory in flavor. I am not a huge fan. I have tried liver, brains, heart, tongue and tripe. Yuck. It’s just not for me. Please however try the real thing if you ever get the chance. You never know, you might like it.
If you ever find yourself in PA near Bethlehem at the end of September or if you decide to make a special trip Celtic Classic is a great time.