Dinners, parades, contests and more begin Thursday.
Get ready for a day of Scottish fun, food, music and culture for the whole family as Franklin’s Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival takes to the streets Saturday, June 14. This event celebrates Franklin’s deep Scottish heritage from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“North Carolina has more residents of Scottish heritage than any other state in the union,” said Doug Morton, event chairman. “In fact, North Carolina has more Scots than Scotland. This festival and supporting events is a sampler of everything Scottish. We have a great weekend planned sure to be enjoyed by every member of the family.”
Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival
Saturday, June 14, is the main focus when the streets of historic downtown Franklin will come alive with everything Scottish. Sample authentic Scottish foods, see demos of Highland Games, shop for authentic Scottish apparel and goods, plus you’ll hear plenty of great Scottish and Celtic music.
Featured entertainers for the Taste of Scotland include: My Three Kilts, Calendonia Swing, Dunham Harps, John Mor MacKinsoh Marching Piper Band, Juniper Trio and the Highland Pipers just to name a few.
There will also be Highland Game demonstrations throughout the day by Scott Medlin and company. In addition, the ever amazing Bill Coburn Border Collies will be present.
The Taste of Scotland will also explore the deep history between the Scots and Cherokee in the Southern Appalachians. Chief Robert Youngdeer and Eddie Swimmer from the Cherokee Nation will speak at special symposiums that are scheduled.
Taste of Scotland Festival is calling all shortbread makers to enter their best recipes during this year’s festivities. The contest will be held on Thursday, June 12, as one of the inaugural events of the festival.
As in previous years, shortbread entries will be judged in one of three categories: Traditional, Non-Traditional and Professional Baker. Drop off entries to the Bountiful Harvest Event Room located at 28A Main Street in Franklin between 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 12.
Many other events are scheduled as part of this Scottish celebration in Franklin. Activities get under way on the evening of Thursday, June 12, with a Clan Dinner in Tartan Hall at Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church.
The buffet style meal will feature Pot Roast & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes w/ Rutabagas, Peas, Salad, Soup, Scones and Apple Crisp. Those attending will be treated to live Scottish and Celtic music while dining.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. A limited number of tickets are available for the Clan Dinner and can be purchased at the Scottish Tartans Museum or Life’s Bounty in downtown Franklin.
Friday Night Ceilidh
A Ceilidh (prounounced kay-lee) will be held Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. What is a Ceilidh? Ceilidh is Scottish for party. The event will feature the music of the Juniper Trio and be held on Stewart Street just off Main Street in downtown Franklin.
Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans
The Taste of Scotland weekend concludes with a very special service at Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church. “The Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans is traditional closing event for our weekend celebration,” Morton continued. “The service begins with a roll-call of clans with each clan’s tartan presented.
The service includes a blessing of the tartans by Pastor Kim Justice.”
For additional information and a full schedule of events visit www.TasteofScotlandFestival.org or find us on Facebook.
The Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival is sponsored by the Franklin Main Street Program, Franklin Tourism Development Authority, Macon County Tourism Development Committee and Franklin Merchants.