2018 is flying by and before you know it, St. Patrick’s Day will be here! St. Patrick’s day is Ireland’s national holiday, but it is celebrated all over the globe! Most of you may remember getting pinched (or doing the pinching) in middle school when you didn’t wear green.
Although it isn’t a US-based holiday, St. Patrick’s day is celebrated by many and may be one of our favorite holidays! Today we’ve put together a few ways that you can celebrate St.Patrick’s Day and take part in the luck of the Irish!
Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade https://stpatricksdayphoenix.org/
If you’re really looking to be a part of your local Phoenix community, check out the St.Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Phoenix! The Parade starts at 10 am at 3rd Street and Sheridan and heads south through the streets of Downtown Phoenix. The Parade features a variety of performers, entertainers , nd floats including marching bands, Irish dancers, and bag pipers.
Following the parade, the 2018 Phoenix St Patrick’s Day Faire begins at the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park. Come enjoy 3 Stages of Irish Music, Irish Stepdancing, Bagpipers, Food & Beverages, Irish Crafts & Merchandise, Genealogy, Irish Clubs, Children’s Area, and a VIP Pub hosting a Craft Beer tasting by Mother Bunch Brewing and Helio Basin Brewing.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
We couldn’t talk about St. Patrick’s day without mentioning Corned Beef and Cabbage! According to History.com, the story behind this traditional Irish meal actually stems from America! Members of the Irish working class in New York City frequented Jewish delis and lunch carts, and it was there that they first tasted corned beef. Cured and cooked much like Irish bacon, it was seen as a tasty and cheaper alternative to pork. And while potatoes were certainly available in the United States, cabbage offered a more cost-effective alternative to cash-strapped Irish families. Cooked in the same pot, the spiced, salty beef flavored the plain cabbage, creating a simple, hearty dish that couldn’t be easier to prepare (History.com)
If you’re looking for your own recipe, check out AllRecipes.com (https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/16310/corned-beef-and-cabbage-i/) or if you’re looking to visit a local Phoenix Irish Pub, check out Miracle Mile Deli, Perk Eatery and The Kettle Black.
Boozy Guiness Cupcakes
What’s a St.Patrick’s day celebration without a little bit of Guiness? This twist on a traditional St. Patrick’s day chocolate cupcake is a fun way to add a little bit of Irish tradition to everyone’s favorite dessert! Here is the recipe below from Genius Kitchen http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/chocolate-guinness-cupcakes-416263
- 10tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1cup Guinness stout
- 3⁄4cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2cups sugar
- 3⁄4cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 2large eggs
- 2cups all-purpose flour
- 1tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 1⁄2teaspoons baking soda
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper.
- In a large saucepan, combine Guinness and butter.
- Place over medium-low heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Add cocoa and sugar, and whisk to blend.
- In a small bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla; mix well.
- Add to Guinness mixture. Add flour and baking soda, and whisk again until smooth.
- Pour into buttered pan, and bake until risen and firm, 45 minutes to one hour. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan.