Florida is full of history and culture, and you can find a festival for just about any group of people celebrating their traditions. In the third week of January you can experience the rich history of Scotland at the 43rd annual Central Florida Highland Scottish Games.
Founded in 1976, the Scottish-American Society of Central Florida brings true Gaelic spirit to the Sunshine State by upholding the centuries-old traditions of the Scottish games, which include athletics, dance, art, music, and food. Open to the public, it’s not a festival you’ll want to miss!
What would a Scottish Games festival be without archery? The archery arena is open to all, and you can test your skills with a longbow or recurve. But as it says on the website, no compound bows will be allowed.
As for the more trying games, you can register in advanced for competition in several categories including open stone put, Braemar stone put, weight distance, hammer throw, caber and sheaf toss, and weight height. It’s recommended that only serious athletes pursue these categories.
There will even be traditional sheep herding demonstrations with Border Collies, traditional highland dance, and of course, soul-stirring pipes and drumming shows.
In between all the archery shooting and stone-throwing, you can whet your palette with some strong Scottish whiskey at the tasting tent.
This is the eighth year in a row that The Whisky Cabinet has provided a selection of rich malts to try, so you know it’s the good stuff.
There will be plenty of traditional and contemporary Scottish bands playing music you can’t help but move to, and lots of vendors sporting goods from the British Isles.
For more unique Florida sites, check out these giant trolls in the Florida woodlands, and this list of the best-kept secrets of Disney World Orlando.
43rd Central Florida Scottish Highland Games
When: January 18 & 19 2020
Address: Central Winds Park, 1000 Central Winds Dr. Winter Springs, FL
Why You Need To Go: Don your clan emblems and grab your bows, and let the Scottish Games begin!