SPRING LAKE — St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone this year but lovers of soda bread and other Irish delights of the Emerald Isle needn’t fret. The annual Spring Lake Irish Festival is still to come — on Saturday, June 18, with a rain date of June 25.
The festival, hosted by the Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce [COC], is coming back after a two-year pandemic hiatus. It will run from noon to 5 p.m. and feature authentic Irish food, music, dancing and of course, pints of Guinness.
The activities will unfold along Third and Morris avenues and include something for visitors of all ages, including a free petting zoo and free facepaint for youngsters, and a beer garden and plenty of craft and other merchandise vendors.
“We’ve missed it greatly and cannot wait to kick off the summer and welcome people back into town with this fantastic event,” the Spring Lake Chamber has announced from its website.
“Complete with live music, Irish dancers, traditional Irish food from local restaurants, an Irish soda bread-making contest and more!”
“We invite all of our restaurants to come and set up around our beer garden,” said COC Executive Director Ellen Manger. “Then we’re having Guinness and oysters, Spring Lake Seafood… will be featuring the oysters.”
St. Stephen’s Green Publick House will also be returning to the festival, selling their locally famous fish and chips and corned beef sandwiches.
Visitors will also have quite the spectacle while enjoying their food and drink, as the festival will feature bagpipe players, step dancers from the Spring Lake School of Dance and even buskers on Third Avenue.
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