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St. Patrick’s Day Food, Drink and Event Ideas

March 14, 2013 | By More

St. Patrick's Day cookie bouquet by The Cookie Messenger

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th, the religious feast day and the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick. St. Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland, and is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. Although now commonly associated with green beer, shamrock shakes and boisterous festivities, the Irish have been observing the religious significance of this day for centuries.

Looking for something to do this St.Patty’s day weekend? Take part in a parade and then head out to your local beer master/pub/watering hole. Whether you’re in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver fill yourself with a hearty breakfast, colourful festivities and some drinks!

Toronto

In downtown Toronto, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held every year on March 17th. The procession will begin at noon on Sunday at Bloor and St. George. There are pipe and drum bands, Irish dancers and many more. The parade will make its way east to Yonge St., then head south to Queen, and turn back west where the parade will end at Nathan Phillips Square.

The City of Toronto’s historical site Montgomery’s Inn is holding two St. Patrick’s Day events; St. Patrick’s Eve Céilidh on Saturday night, and St. Patrick’s Day Tea on Sunday afternoon.

Of course there are also plenty of Toronto pubs and restaurants hosting St. Patty’s Day festivities. These include: Dora Keogh, Allen’s RestaurantFlynn’s of Temple Bar, Ceili Cottage, Irish Embassy, P.J O’Briens, The Pour HouseBrazen Head, Grace O’Malleys, The Roy Public House, Starfish.

Chow down on some St. Patty’s Day cookies! The Cookie Messenger specializes in cookie bouquets, like the St. Patrick’s Day bouquet (above). As the premier and only cookie bouquet company in Canada, they pride themselves in creating edible works of art. Each cookie is hand-decorated and baked from scratch using 100% natural ingredients, without any additives or preservatives. Find them on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.

Or venture down the road to Niagara on the Lake to Niagara Oast House Brewers and join El Gastrónomo Vagabundo for a t’Oast! Oast has a brand new Smoked Irish Stout, and El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is going to be incorporating it into the menu. From 1-5pm they’ll be serving up smoked stout lamb shank and beef pie with mushy mint peas, smoked stout apple crumble with smoked malts and whiskey cream! Aside from the great eats, there will be lots of music and beer and best of all there is no cover.

Vancouver

One of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Vancouver, The Blarney Stone throws a huge St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17 with green beer, Irish Dancers, full Irish menu, and live music.

Doolin’s Irish Pub joins forces with the Vancouver CelticFest March 13 – 17, for five days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, including live bands, Celtic Folk Singers, dancers, Irish food, and more.

Looking for more ideas in Vancouver, Notable.ca has some great pubs and party spots you should visit.

Montreal

The Montreal St. Patrick’s Parade has run consecutively since 1824 and has been organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1929. Each year, Montrealers are invited to enjoy this celebration of St. Patrick, the Irish community and the welcoming of Spring.

If attending the parade, have breakfast before at McKibbins. They’ll be serving up an Irish breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Costs $15. Live music starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 3am, including Celtic Grace Dancers. Ye Olde Orchard is also serving up breakfast and Irish coffee from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. costing roughly $7 to $10 à la carte, depending on the order.

How about an old fashioned pub crawl? Head to Old Montreal for the classic pub crawl. You can purchase a one day or three day pass, the crawl starts at 11. Quench your thirst at these pubs and bars including Winnie Bar Restaurant, Irish Embassy, Le Vieux Dublin, McLean’s Pub, Bar WaverlyHurley’s Irish Pub, and L’Ile Noir.

Rather stay in this St. Patrick’s Day? Try these recipe and drink ideas from Foodea.com.

No matter what you decide to do this Sunday, drink responsibly and have a great St. Patty’s day!

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