30th annual North Texas Irish Festival to be held in March

February 23, 2012 by  

Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 4, Fair Park in Dallas will host the 30th annual North Texas Irish Festival. The NTIF will be a great opportunity for local vendors, pubs and restaurants to advertise, so flyer printing and banner printing is sure to be in demand.

The Festival began as the “First Texas Ceili” in 1983, organized by a small group of musicians at Nick Farrelly’s Lounge, and grew to become one of the largest celebrations of Irish culture in the Southwest. Presented by the Southwest Celtic Music Association, this year’s theme is “Harps and Fiddles,” and will feature some of the best Irish musicians and dancers, traditional Irish cuisine, cultural presentations, and more.

The word “Ceili,” pronounced kay-lee, is the Gaelic term for a visit or gathering, which often involved music and dance. This year’s theme celebrates that heritage with more than 30 musicians, such as BEHAN, Beyond the Pale, Jigsaw, and the Trinity River Whalers, and performers from the Celtic Cadence Dance Company, the Jackson Irish Dancers, and many more. New events include “Spirit of the Celtic Horse,” Callahan’s Fine Wine Bar, and the Tom Thumb Galway Culinary stage, where top Dallas chefs will demonstrate preparation of both traditional and modernized Irish dishes.

The festival runs a complimentary shuttle to both the Doubletree and Radisson hotels each day and, for dog owners, the Doubletree has granted the NTIF special permission to allow dogs in a designated block of the hotel. Tickets for the festival can be purchased both online and onsite, but special discounts may apply for online buyers. Check out the NTIF website for information on events, accommodations, ticketing, and more.