The Celtic Classic attracted over 250,000 visitors to downtown Historic Bethlehem, PA, this past weekend (September 23, 24 and 25th ). The Celtic festival was presented by the Celtic Cultural Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Celtic culture and heritage through education, music and traditional competitions in athletics, piping and dance.
The festival provided plenty of food vendors who offered primarily fare typical of outdoor public events. Finding fruits and vegetables in the sea of funnel cakes, nachos, fries and the like, was a bit challenging. Highland athletes, musicians and dancers would all benefit from eating energy dense foods, low in saturated fats, such as: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean meats, fish, whole grains and pasta. Some healthful offerings were available and included: roasted corn-on-the-cob, water ice, fruit smoothies, water, fresh squeezed lemonade, milk, turkey legs, cinnamon glazed nuts, baked potatoes, baked sweets, baked beans, Shepherd's pie, Irish soda bread and Irish stew. And, for those willing to walk beyond the fairgrounds, just up the street, were several restaurants and shops. We discovered Thai Thai II, a wonderful Thai restaurant on Main Street during our stay.
Every concert, with the exception of Solas, was free. Solas tickets were only $10.00 pp - a mere token for the top quality performance they put on.
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