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Celtic Heritage: Hundreds Celebrate at Inaugural Festival at Westfield Brandon

Residents came together Feb. 16 for the 2013 Tampa Bay Celtic Festival and Highland Games at the Westfield Brandon shopping mall in Brandon. The inaugural event is just one of many undertakings in the area held to celebrate Irish and Scottish traditions


Games, music, food and Celtic items were awaiting visitors at the first Tampa Bay Celtic Festival & Highland Games Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Westfield Brandon shopping mall.

Brendan Mc Laughlin from ABC News was the key speaker at the inaugural event while Darren Dennington, the newly seated chairman of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the festivities.

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The festival was organized to celebrate and carry on the Irish and Scottish traditions of residents in the Tampa Bay area. It's one of many events held throughout the year in the Greater Brandon area to do just that.

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Darrel W. February 20, 2013 at 04:20 PM
We went out to the festival with a group of friends and had a blast! The music and Highland games were awesome! We all decided to eat at the Obrien's tent and we were not dissapointed, the food was phenominal! And we found out that Obrien's Irish Pub is actually located right down the street from the mall at Kings and Lumsden! Wow such a gem right here in Brandon! We will be going there very soon and often! We would recommend no one miss the festival next year, I know none of us will!!
Kirstie Mara February 20, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Truly a fabulous day out! Kid friendly event, and it's right in our backyard. So nice to see all the men (and women) in their kilts =) Vendors with all kinds of Irish, Scottish and English items. I agree with Darrel W the Smoked Corned Beef & cabbage was to die for. O'Brien's promises to have this same item for their weekend St Patricks Day event...you must try it! Can't wait for next year :)


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