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St. David’s Day – Road Trip to Iechyd Da Brewing Company

St. David’s Day – Road Trip to Iechyd Da Brewing Company
Saturday March 4th, 5:00pm
Iechyd Da Brewing Company
317 N Main St, Elkhart, Indiana
Grab a pint of Murray the Hump Pale Ale or a Mach Loop Pilsner on our first annual St. David’s Day Roadtrip to Iechyd Da Brewing Company in Elkhart, Indiana! Comfort Suites North Elkhart and Holiday Inn Express North Elkhart are both just a short Uber ride down the road. Over 21’s only i’m afraid so grab a babysitter for the night.


Six Nations – 2017

Six Nations 2017

What do you recon? The Globe Pub, Fado, A J Hudsons? Where do you fancy for the Six Nations in Chicago this year?

Keep an eye on the Tafia Facebook & Twitter feed for updates on where we are gathering to watch.

Sunday 5th February, 8:00am
Italy v Wales

Saturday 11th February, 10:50am
Wales v England

Saturday 25th February, 8:25am
Scotland v Wales

Friday 10th March, 2:05pm
Wales v Ireland

Saturday 18th March, 9:45am
France v Wales

The Joy Formidable – Lincoln Hall – February 27, 2017

Welsh band ‘The Joy Formidable’ are back in Chicago on February 27, 2017.

The Joy Formidable
Monday February 27, 8:00pm
Lincoln Hall
2424 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

The response from the acoustic Sleep is Day EP was so great, we thought we’d give fans a chance to see us perform an entire set in that format,” said Ritzy Bryan. “These dates will be a celebration of songwriting and storytelling, a chance to hear material from Sleep is Day and other tracks in a stripped down, intimate show. Come join us around the campfire on our Leave no Trace Tour,” added Rhydian Davies.

Welsh Style Cider from Indiana?

Welsh Style Cider from Indiana?

Having a party for St. David’s Day this year? Welsh it up a bit with this damn fine Welsh style cider from Madison, Indiana.   The current owners grandfather Gale Thomas began making “cider” in his youth during prohibition in the 1930’s! It was made in barrels, from craggy old cider apples, sold and drunk quickly. This tradition has passed to the third generation of his family.

At $6.99 for a litre bottle the price isn’t bad either!

For more info visit: http://www.thomasfamilywinery.us/cider

Gales Welsh style cider from Madison, Indiana


Welcome to the Chicago Tafia!

Welcome to the Chicago Tafia Welsh Society!

The Chicago Tafia was born in 1999 as the result of a discussion between a couple of ex-pats wondering aloud, “why do the Irish and the Scots have some kind of setup in the States that they can turn to for help and settling into a new country and the Welsh don’t?” It dawned on us that maybe we should stop complaining and do something about it to help future Welsh ex-pats navigating the roads of Immigration and settling into the city of Chicago.

The Tafia has now been going for over a decade, and has come a long way from its early roots. Our website offers helpful links for Welsh Immigration and Travel, local British Import shops, photos of recent events, and other information about other local Welsh & Celtic Societies. Our group’s activities are wide-ranging with social get-togethers for pub nights, gatherings to watch Welsh sporting events, musicians & films, celebrating St. David’s Day, and promoting Wales at Chicago area Celtic Festivals to name but a few.

Over the years, the Tafia has also been involved with the organisation of over a dozen concerts at prominent Chicago venues for Welsh male voice choirs, including: the Pendyrus, Penrhyn, Bangor, Black Mountain, Burlington, Hogia’r Ddwylan and CF1 choirs. We have worked with many Welsh performers, bands and authors over the years including Cerys Matthews, David Llewellyn, Here Be Dragons, The Joy Formidable, Hwyl, Fflur Dafydd, Niall Griffiths & Aeronwy Thomas on performances and shows in Chicago.

The Chicago Tafia has also been involved with a number of other projects to promote Welsh awareness, including: Representing Wales at Celtic Fest Chicago that was held every September in Grant Park, Chicago from 1999 until 2010. Working with the Illinois General Assembly in the signing into law of Bill HR0149 that proclaimed March 1, 2007, and each year thereafter, as St. David’s Day in the State of Illinois and recognizing the Welsh contribution to the state. In 2008 we worked to help bring the North American Festival of Wales to Chicago. In 2009 we hosted the North American film premiere of ‘A Bit of Tom Jones’ and worked with the Welsh Rugby Union and USA Eagles on the promoting the exhibition rugby game  between the USA and Wales at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 we partnered with the building owners of the iconic Chicago Wrigley Building to illuminate the tower red, white, and green (the colours of the Welsh flag) on Saint Davids Day on March 1. In 2011 we worked with former Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Wigley on the S4C documentary “Murray the Hump – Dafydd Wigley and the Gangster in the Family“.

Our events are as varied as the culture of Wales, and throughout the year we are sure to have something for everyone. From waking up at 7am on a Saturday to watch rugby or staying out until the wee hours to watch Welsh bands, to a Dylan Thomas poetry reading or a Welsh Choir performing at a Chicago Cathedral, the Tafia gathers wherever something Welsh is occurring. Just look for the dragons!

We look forward to seeing you soon as one of our many events.


The Chicago Tafia Welsh Society