New in 2016. The Highland Pavilion: the cultural centre of the BC Highland Games
Join us for a tour of our new Highland Pavilion – a place to meet, greet, enjoy the camaraderie of the Games and maybe even a wee dram.
The Highland Pavilion is actually two tents at the south east end of the field which will be home to a number of new and returning events over the day and a half of the BC Highland Games.
- Piobaireachd: The open (pro) piobaireachd competition (classical music of the pipes) is always held on the evening before the Saturday games. In 2016, this competition is moving back to the field from SFU. Doors open at 5 pm on Friday in the Highland Pavilion and the competition (usually three competitors per hour) will run until approximately 9 pm. Tickets are only $5 each and are available online in advance, or at the door on Friday evening. for the true piping aficionado, this is a must attend event.
- VIP Highland Reception: From 7-9 pm, the VIP Highland Reception is new in 2016. The BC Highland Games Organizing Committee of 15 event chairs/coordinators, along with the directors of the United Scottish Cultural Society, corporate sponsors, local politicians and special guests are invited to meet & mingle in an event co-sponsored by the John B. Pub in Coquitlam, and Moody Ales and Yellow Dog Breweries. A very limited number of additional tickets are available online in advance or at the door for $35 if you want to be part of this event. This includes drinks and canapés and an opportunity to dress in your finest Highland outfits (or tartans) and rub elbows with the core of the Scottish community in the Lower Mainland.
Saturday all day
- Whisky Tasting School: An expanded whisky school in 2016 will be relocated to the Highland Pavilion. Beginning at 12:30 pm, there will be four unique whisky tasting sessions hosted by two new presenters from the Vancouver Companions of the Quaich and Fountana Beverage Group. Prepare to taste the world – as whiskies from Scotland, India and Japan are featured. Tickets to this event sold out last year so get them early.
- Cultural Tent and Presentations: Running all day long, the Highland Pavilion is the place to discover the long history of the Scots in British Columbia. Hosted by the Gaelic Society of Vancouver, the St. Andrew’s Saltire Society and the Moray Nairn & Banff Society, representatives will be on hand all day with a wide variety of displays and memorabilia from past years and accomplishments. Cultural presentations will also run out of the Highland Pavilion and will include presentations such as kilt making, the Scots in BC and “Who was Simon Fraser?”. Try out a bagpipe, slip on some dancing slippers or beat out a tune on a drum pad. The Highland Pavilion is the place to “get your Scot on.”