A Toast to Fun, Food and Men in Skirts

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Life | 61 comments


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In the spirit of holiday, food and fun, I want to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving week via photos from the local Celtic festival.


First, a toast to FUN.

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celtic fish chips

And to YUMMY food. 


celtic music

And Music! 

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To dancing.


highland games

To hanging out and playing games.

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And to dressing in your holiday best.


And last but not least, to tradition!

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I don’t remember my Irish grandmothers mentioning this Celtic delicacy, but I leave you with–

Ye Olde Fried Oreo . 


Enjoy yourselves this week!  Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to stop by. Huge heaps of gratitude. :)

What are you thankful for this week?  Do you have a favorite festival food?






  1. Now I feel like having a second Thanksgiving. Hope yours is wonderful!

  2. Step dancers are AMAZING! So are people who can throw logs/telephone poles!! I confess, I have never tried a fried Oreo, but it sound good… especially when you refer to it as Ye Olde Fried Oreo – so traditional :)

    • I am fairly certain that our forefathers ate Ye Olde Fried Oreos at the first Thanksgiving. Didn’t Squanto teach them how to make those? :)

  3. My Irish grandmothers never breathed a word about Ye Olde Fried Oreos, either. They kept all the good stuff for themselves.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Coleen.

    • So true Pat. One of my grandmothers talked about how much she enjoyed a good blood pudding (ew), but not a thing about the Oreo.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  4. I taught a student once who was an Irish Dancer.. she’d come to school with her hair in curlers for her dance competitions. She showed me her outfit, it was so intricate and beautiful up close. What a work out they have! xx

    • One of these days I’m going to dress up like an Irish dancer for something. I want all those bouncy curls!! :)

  5. This sounds like more fun than most Thanksgivings. Wish I could go to a Celtic festival instead :)

    My dad’s side of the family is Scottish, so my cousin actually walked down the aisle at her wedding to a bagpiper and then all the guests took part in the town’s regular Saturday walk with the local Scottish pipe band.
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    • My sister’s groom wore a kilt. I love how it makes everything more festive. Thanks Marcy!

  6. Mmmmm, deep fried Oreos! Too bad deep fried Twinkies will be no more. Gotta love those guys in skirts! Thanks for sharing your lovely and colorful photography!
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    • Thanks Jennette! My son got a chocolate covered twinkie on Friday–snuck one in just in time!

  7. I am thankful for family — and always having room for one more. That’s become a family tradition since we were a military family for so many years … and it’s a joy to swing the door wide open and say, “Y’all come.”
    Favorite festival food?
    I do know what isn’t my favorite festival food:
    Fried mullet.
    We lived in Niceville, FL and they had their annual Mullet Festival (yes, indeed they did). Tried the mullet once. It’s a “trash fish.” And it tastes like one.

    • And here I thought just about everything would be good fried. But fried mullet doesn’t even sound good! Thanks for the warning Beth :)

  8. I did Scottish country dancing back in the day. Love a man in a kilt! But I must admit I’ve never tried a fried oreo.

    Great post!

  9. I love everything Celtic — the music and dancing in particular. It’s somewhere in my Irish genes. Would have enjoyed the festival. Glad you had such a great time. Great photos of your fun time!

    • Yes, I think you would’ve enjoyed it! Thank you Patricia!

  10. My irish relatives have also remained mum on the oreo tradition! This post is getting me even more excited for my first thanksgiving!

    • Keeping all the good stuff for themselves! Hope you have an awesome holiday!

  11. Looks like loads of fun! My daughter shared the amazing-ness of fried Oreos a few years ago. The sure do taste a lot better than they sound.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!
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  12. What fun! Thanks for sharing, Coleen. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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  13. Nice pictures. I haven’t heard of a fried oreo before. Might have to try that.

  14. It’s become obvious to me since Halloween that Australia lacks for fun festivities, and as I am vegetarian, most of the traditional festival foods are beyond me. Having said that, my Nanna used to make a fine Mock Turkey :)

    This week I am thankful for you, Coleen! Happy Thanksgiving :)

    • I never thought about it, but I guess we do have a lot of festivals here–even a vegetarian one!! I am not a huge turkey fan–but have enjoyed a good mock one a few times. :)

  15. Can never have too much fun! I’m going to have to check out Celtic Festivals around here.

    What am I thankful for this week? Wonderful friends, family, pets, and so much more.

    Hmmm. Favorite festival food? It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in the deep fried treats but I used to really enjoy funnel cakes.
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    • Oh funnel cakes! They were definitely my fave when I was a kid. :)

  16. Ick, ick and ICK to blood pudding. Couldn’t get into the deep fried Oreo’s either, I’m afraid. I was the kid who DIDN’T like the middles…just the crunchy chocolate part. What can I say, I’m the square peg who will never fit into the round hole. :)

    I am SO drooling over that fish. If I were going to eat anything deep fried, it would be batter dipped fish. In fact, on my next ‘can’t-stand-it-GOTTA-have-gluten’ day, I think that’s going to be on the list of must-haves.

    Guys in skirts… As long as they are kilt skirts, I can live with that.

    • I was always an Oreo middle person. :) But I can’t agree with you more on the yuckiness of blood pudding!
      And of course the yumminess of fried fish.

  17. Fried Oreos!?! Really? I’d give those a try.

    Happy Thanksgiving from California! May your belly be full and your heart be light.

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  18. And I am left wondering if you could deep fry pumpkin pie.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • I’m thinking you can!! :) Hope you have a great holiday Lauri!

  19. FUN! I want to go to that festival!
    This week I am thankful for beautiful, sunshiny, fall weather!

  20. Man! Now I want fish and chips!!!!! :-)

  21. Love the Barrie and Seuss quotes. :) Made me smile.

  22. How fun! I got to see lots of men in kilts this past weekend too–attending the Scottish Highlands weekend of the Texas Renaissance Festival. I indulged in a turkey leg, but that fried Oreo looks awesome! Happy Thanksgiving, Coleen.

    • That sounds like fun too Julie! I love when people dress up in the Renaissance clothes. :) Have a great Thanksgiving!

  23. I love festivals especially when they include great beer AND food!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Coleen!

    • I agree! And Thanksgiving is like having a festival right at home–have a great one Susie!

  24. omg this post has everything anyone could ever need
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    • Except the pie. Pie and whip cream. Or pie and ice cream. I could go on, but I won’t. Happy holiday Sophia!

  25. Is it a peculiarly American custom to deep fry everything now? Aren’t we, as a nation, just way too large? Or is it a world wide phenomenon? Either way, I can’t think of anything more unappealing than a deep fried Oreo cookie- unless it’s deep fried pumpkin pie. I’m with you on the pie and whipped cream or ice cream. But keep deep frying away from my cookies!

    • Good question Paul. I have a feeling the we-can-fry-anything is primarily an American thing!

  26. Love the celebration of Celtic heritage. The dancers are adorable! Fried Oreos just seem to be a signal of celebration. Fat and Sugar=festival.

  27. Awesome!!!!

  28. I’m not surprised by the fried Oreo — in my visit to Edinburgh a while back, it seemed like they would fry everything up in Scotland. I saw a vendor selling fried candy bars. I was not quite courageous (or foolhardy) enough to try one. Thankfully, there was enough non-fried Indian food available for me to get by for a week.

    • Yes, fried candy bars is overkill–much like the fried butter I’ve seen at the state fair. Yikes!

  29. Ah yes, ye olde fryde Oreos. We serve them with a side salad of shamrocks here!! ;)

  30. You always have the best photos, Colleen! Great collage! That looks like a fun festival, and I’m all for fun! Happy Thanksgiving (a day late)! Hope yours was stellar!

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