Everyone’s Irish at the First Celtic Festival in Winter Garden
-by Kirsten Harrington-
If you haven’t yet visited the Plant Street Market in Winter Garden, this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Festival is a great reason to stop by. The event is being co-hosted by the market and Crooked Can Brewing Co. to celebrate the microbrewery’s first anniversary.
“We are releasing our new Irish Red Ale for the festival,” said Ryan Gossett, assistant general manager of the brewery’s taproom.
Gossett described this red-hued ale as having a subtle sweetness with lots of toasted malt character and a nice dry finish. He expects the well-balanced beer with a light hop character to be a real crowd pleaser. The festival’s beer garden will serve up a variety of suds, including cans of Cloud Chaser Hefeweizen and Mr. Tractor Kölsch, two of the brewery’s recently canned beers. There are also a number of other beers available on tap.
Several market vendors will set up outside to offer a taste of Irish cuisine. Denise Harrison, owner of Five Thymes Five restaurant, is relying on her family’s heritage for inspiration.
“My mom is from England, and I have cousins in Ireland, so I have a little practice,” she said. “We wanted to have a Celtic flare with the food.”
The restaurant will be offering shepherd’s pie; fish and chips; Irish colcannon (potatoes with parsnips and leeks); and Dublin coddle, a stew-like dish with sausage, potatoes, onion and bacon. Look for bangers and mash to make an appearance Saturday on the restaurant’s brunch menu inside the market.
The Local Butcher and Market will be serving up house-made sausages and other savory food items to fuel the fun. It also carries all the supplies you’ll need for a St. Paddy’s feast at home. Stop by and stock up on corned beef or lamb stew meat and a six-pack of craft beer to enjoy while you are cooking. If you’re feeling more Italian than Irish, Michael’s Ali Coal Fired Pizza will be preparing pies to satisfy your hunger.
You can always duck inside for a bite, with vendors selling everything from sushi to smoothies. David Ramirez Chocolates is ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with exotic flavors like Guinness Ganache, Beer & Bacon (made with beer from Crooked Can), Bailey’s white and dark chocolates, and “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” (green lips made with Irish Sea Salt). They will also be featuring a mint chocolate-chip macaroon exclusively for St. Patrick’s Day.
So don your green, bring your appetite and enjoy a weekend of family-friendly fun with live music, arts and crafts, and Highland games at the St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Festival!
Slow–Cooker Beef Stew
With Parsnips & Rosemary
Before you head out to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, assemble the following ingredients in your slow cooker and come home to the enticing aroma of this delicious stew. For a more authentic Irish flavor, substitute lamb for the beef stew meat.
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
3 Yukon Gold potatoes cut into quarters
2-3 parsnips, peeled and sliced into coin-sized pieces
1 onion, sliced
1 cup baby carrots
1 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons flour
Optional: add 1 cup of frozen green peas during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
Place all ingredients except flour in slow cooker and add enough water to make sure ingredients are covered. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Mix 2 tablespoons flour with 1/4 cup cold water and slowly add to stew. Cook on high for 10-15 minutes until slightly thickened. Taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
The Celtic Festival takes place March 17-19 at 426 W. Plant St. in Winter Garden. Operating hours are Thursday from noon-11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. For more information, call 407-395-9520.
Crooked Can Brewing Co. and Plant Street Market celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the microbrewery’s first anniversary by co-hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Festival in Winter Garden. ?