A Great Big Celtic Classic Welcome!

Scone & cream at McCarthy’s Tea Room www.donegalsquare.com

Liam and I pretty much ate our way through the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, PA, September 23-25. Our visit began with hearty meal at McCarthy’s Tea Room. Then was time for some pre-festival drinks at the Bethlehem Inn.

Once the festival kicked off, we had to sample a little bit of everything. I have to say, Celtic Classic serves up some of the best festival food we’ve tasted… and we’re at a lot of fests. And our calorie count didn’t include the snacks we picked up at Donegal Square and the tea and scones from McCarthy’s.

The food, combined with great entertainment, Highland games, great vendors, and a warm welcome, made for a memorable weekend.

Saying “Hi!”

While we were there, we met a few folks who wanted to say a heart-felt, “Hello,” from the Celtic Classic.

Links to the folks above:

Author: Corey

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  1. Look sooo awesome and like sooo much fun! 🙂 Question regarding food: are restaurants there good on catering to food allergies? (Allergic to Dairy and I limit my gluten intake) And do any pubs sell gluten free beer? And are there very many vegan restaurants there? Thanks!

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    • Sounds like your question is about Ireland rather than the Celtic Classic. Ireland is very good about gluten-free and other dietary needs… in fact, Ireland has one of the highest ratio of celiacs in the world, so they’re used to it there.

      Meanwhile, every restaurant has vegan on the menu and larger towns often have places that specialize in vegan, dairy-free, and/or locally-grown food.

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  2. Hi Corey, it’s Karen. I know many of the restaurants in Bethlehem, PA are sensitive to individuals with food allergies. Just ask to speak to the chef prior to ordering. Unfortunately I’m not sure about gluten-free items.

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