SCOTSFESTIVAL & International Highland Games XXI
FEB 15-16, 2014 | 9AM-6PMEighty-three years ago, in a small seaside town in Scotland called Clydebank, construction began on the Queen Mary. Exemplifying the fine craftsmanship of Scotland, the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy is undeniable and today we celebrate our ship’s glorious heritage with a two-day festival honoring Scottish heritage.
Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXI in Long Beach, Calif. kicks off the Scottish Festival and Highland Games season offering guests a glimpse into Scotland’s rich culture and history featuring an array of activities from Highland athletics and dancing to Lowlands music and cuisine.
The beloved festival welcomes nearly 70 Scottish Clans and vendors to the Queen Mary and presents the “Rock Yer Kilt” concert on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The tastes of Scotland awaken aboard The Queen Mary through a variety of classic traditional dishes. The Queen Mary’s own Chef Todd Henderson created a specialty menu that includes 500 pounds of Haggis, bangers and mash, fish and chips, and neeps and tatties. The Scottish cuisine continues with comforting, flavorful meat pies from Sunblest Foods and festival goers with a sweet tooth can enjoy shortbread offerings from Celtic Nook and Welsh Baker. Brown’s English Toffee will also be on hand to serve up traditional Scottish treats.
Attendees with an affinity for fine spirits can indulge in whisky tastings that showcase a wide range of brands including The Macallen 12, The Macallan 15, Highland Park 15, Highland Park 18, and Cutty Sark Prohibition. Beer lovers are invited to sample from several brews that range from Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Red Chair NWPA, Chainbreaker White IPA, Black Butte Porter, and Obsidian Stout.
The weekend festivities kick off with the lively Grand Parade, and Address to the Haggis, and will feature the Royal Scottish Greys Cavalry courtesy of the War Horse Foundation and Border Collie Sheep-herding. The Scottish Highland Games are a time honored Scottish tradition, and The Queen Mary’s version will include the popular caber toss, sheaf throw, hammer throw, weights for distance, weight over bar and more. The WEE Highland Games and activities for the young Scots will take place daily at 11:30 a.m. on the Queen’s Court. Traditional Highland dancing competitions will include the Highland Fling, the Sword Dance and the Scottish Lit begin daily at 8:30 a.m. in the Grand Salon. The competition will feature star Scottish dancer Kaylee Finnegan, from Southern California, who at the age of only 15 became the first American to win a Scottish Highland World Championship in the 21st century.
GENERAL ADMISSIONGeneral Admission: $18 Online/$22 door
Child (4-11): $8 Online/$12 door (Children 4 and under are free)
VIP ADMISSIONVIP Admission includes ScotsFestival General Admission ticket AND Rock Yer Kilt Concert entry (Saturday Ticket Only), access to VIP Shaded Bar and a Souvenir Mug O' Beer. Must be age 21+
VIP Saturday Admission: $36 Online/$40 door
VIP Sunday Admission: $26 Online/$30 door
WEEKEND PASSES:General Admission Weekend Pass: $25 Online/$29 door
Child Weekend Pass (4-11): $14 Online/$18 door
VIP WEEKEND PASSES:VIP Admission includes ScotsFestival General Admission tickets for both days, Rock Yer Kilt Concert entry, access to VIP Shaded Bar and Souvenir Mug O' Beer. Must be age 21+
VIP Weekend Pass: $59 Online/$65 door
HOTEL PACKAGES ON SALE NOW:
Includes a two-night (2) stay, one (1) breakfast for two (2) at Promenade Cafe (SAT OR MON), Sunday Brunch for two (2) and two (2) Weekend Passes to ScotsFestival.
Lairds ScotsFestival Package
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES ON SALE NOW:Whisky Tasting Sessions (21+) - $15 online/$18 at the door: Swirl your Scotch and spout a slur of whisky knowledge with the best of ‘em after a crash course in aged malts.
Beer Tasting Sessions (21+) - $12 online/$15 at the door: Don’t let’ em fool ya, they drink as much beer as they do whisky. Practice makes...perfect?
Rock Yer Kilt Concert featuring headlining act 1916, Bad Haggis, Brick Top Blaggers, Stand Easy and DJ Abel Tickets (All Ages) - $15 online/$20 at the door: Tilt yer kilt to the hottest Scottie rock in town! Click here for more info on Rock Yer Kilt 2014!
CELTIC COMBO - TWO CONCERTS/ONE LOW PRICEEnjoy the ScotsFestival's Rock Yer Kilt Concert on Feb. 15 & celebrate St. Patrick's Day a month later with Shamrock 'N' Roll on March 15.
COMPETITOR REGISTRATION:Rooted in the traditional games and competitions of Scotland, the Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXI in Long Beach features two days of spirited competition in athletics, dancing, piping and darts. Top professionals and amateurs are invited to test their skills and vie to become ScotsFestival champion.
PARKING:Participant Parking: $12 for one day/$22 for two days available online only
Guest General Parking: $15 per day
Guest Preferred Parking: $20 per day
No overnight parking allowed for non-hotel guests, no camping allowed