NH Highland Games & Festival returns to Lincoln this weekend

Posted: 09/13/2022 19:35:48

Experience the spirit of Scotland at the 47th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival September 16-18 at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln. Presented by NHSCOT, a not-for-profit society dedicated to preserving and promoting Scottish culture, the three-day celebration is one of the largest Scottish cultural events in the North East and attracts attendees from near and far. away to savor the flavours, sounds and tastes of Scotland.

Pageantry, music, dancing, Try It classes, beer and whiskey tastings, and sheepdog trials are all exciting elements of the festive weekend in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

“The NH Highland Games & Festival is a wonderful experience showcasing Scottish culture, but you don’t have to be Scottish to have fun! People of all ages love watching the sheepdogs fly to their rhythm, observing the pageantry of the Massed Bands or dancing to Celtic rhythms in the concert tent,” said Terri Wiltse, Executive Director of NHSCOT.

“We welcome visitors and competitors from all over the world, making this a truly global event. We are excited to return to our regular format this year.

From Scotch eggs, meat pies and rumpledethumps to scones, shortbread and whiskey puddings, the Games are an opportunity to explore the flavors of Scotland.

Stroll through Clan Village, home to over 60 Scottish clans, or stroll through the vibrant Vendor Village, where tartan clothing, traditional sweets, bagpipe supplies and various other Celtic items are available for purchase .

On Sunday, September 18, NHSCOT will host its first annual Scotch Ale Competition tasting event. This special ticketed event celebrates eight local breweries: Backyard Brewery, Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company, Kelsen Brewery, Kettlehead Brewing Company, Northwoods Brewing Company, Throwback Brewery, Twin Barns Brewing Company and Woodstock Inn Brewery. Ticket holders can enjoy a flight of eight Scotch Ales before casting their vote to select the best Scotch Ale in New Hampshire.

Leading up to the Highland Games weekend, NHSCOT is hosting two exciting workshops on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 September: a Genealogy Workshop and the chance to win a Diploma in Single Malt Whiskey from the Edinburgh Whiskey Academy.

Genealogy expert Ron Collins will offer amateur genealogists the opportunity to broaden their research by delving deeper into their Scottish lineage with professional guidance. The Edinburgh Whiskey Academy Diploma in Single Malt Whiskey is a desirable benchmark for hospitality professionals and a satisfying achievement for serious enthusiasts. Registration for these workshops is mandatory. See nhscot.org.


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Jennifer R. Strohm