From baking to poetry, there is something for everyone to showcase their Celtic talents

The Celtic Cultural Alliance (CCA) is excited to announce annual contests at the Celtic Classic, to be held Sept. 22-24, that everyone can be a part of and celebrate their Celtic heritage.

Irish Soda Bread Baking Contest — sponsored by King Arthur Baking Company. Do you have a family recipe that has been handed down? Or do you have one of your own that you perfected? There is also a gluten free and children’s category. Enter your creation to win.

Celtic Poetry Contest Open to writers of all ages. Poetry awards will be given to the entries that best reflect the culture of the seven Celtic nations in traditions, arts, history or literature. Personal anecdotes of family, studies, or travelling experiences are also welcome.

Haggis Bowl 2023 — Always a crowd favorite. Are you brave enough? 15 people will compete to see who can eat a pound of haggis the fastest.

Each year CCA looks forward to patrons entering these contests and showcasing their talents.

The CCA is gearing up for the 36th presentation of the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival, Sept. 22-Sept. 24, and will continue making major announcements throughout the summer.

For more information on the Celtic Classic, directions, volunteering opportunities, the weekend’s schedule, and other Celtic Cultural Alliance events, visit the organization’s website at

The 36th Annual Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival will be held in Historic Downtown Bethlehem. For up-to-the-minute information and updates, follow Celtic Classic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@CelticClassic).

Find on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @CelticClassic.

About the Celtic Cultural Alliance

On Columbus Day weekend in 1988, the first Celtic Classic was presented by a small group of individuals. The goal of this dedicated group was to create an event that symbolized the Celtic spirit and history, and to provide the impetus for an organization that focused on promoting the Celtic culture. This group has now evolved into Celtic Cultural Alliance to better communicate the overall goals of the organization.

The CCA has expanded with year-round programming to support the mission of promoting and preserving Celtic Culture through arts, music, literature, dance, and history programs. In keeping with the spirit of “Next Generation,” the CCA also offers scholarships to promising young students of the Celtic Arts. These yearly scholarships are offered to students of the arts, including Irish Step Dance, Highland Dance, Fiddle and Bagpipes.

The Celtic Classic has blossomed into one of the largest Highland Games and Celtic Festivals in North America. Annually, over 200,000 visitors come to Historic Bethlehem to join in this celebration of all things Celtic. The organization has expanded into year-round programs. Educational programming has expanded to include community outreach events in area school districts, religious institutions, local theaters and colleges throughout the Lehigh Valley. A series of scholarships are awarded each year in varied areas of Celtic culture.