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Brews and Bites: St. Patrick’s Day for the local foodie

Restaurants and breweries in the area are ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long (WYDaily/Courtesy of Carrot Tree Kitchens)

WILLIAMSBURG — St. Patrick’s Day might have been tempered last year, but the celebration is back for 2021. There’s certainly much going on around Williamsburg to get a wee bit excited about.

Though St. Patrick’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, the following restaurants and breweries are celebrating the holiday all weekend long.

No plans yet for St. Paddy’s Day? Here are a list of local restaurants and breweries that are celebrating this holiday the right way — Irish-themed food, cocktails and live musical performances. 

Copper Fox’s St. Patrick’s Day 2021 (WYDaily/Courtesy of Copper Fox Distillery)

Copper Fox Distillery Williamsburg’s Second Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, March 13 from 3-7 p.m.

Location: Copper Fox Distillery, 901 Capitol Landing Road

  • Themed drink specials and smoked pastrami sliders will be on deck.
  • Irish dancers from Busch Gardens will perform throughout the day between 3-7 p.m. Lucas John will also be performing throughout the event.
  • “We’re really excited about doing it again this year. It is a first-come, first-serve basis, and we’ll have outdoor seating,” said Chelsea Wasmund, co-owner of Copper Fox Distillery on Wednesday.
O’Billsburg Wee Lil’ Shenanigan event (WYDaily/Courtesy of Billsburg Brewery)

Billsburg Brewery’s O’Billsburg Wee Lil’ Shenanigan 

Date: Sunday, March 14 from noon to 9 p.m.

Location: Billsburg Brewery, 2054 Jamestown Road

  • Billsburg Brewery will release a brand new Irish Stout.
  • Guests can participate in a costume contest to show off their festive.
  • Live music from Poisoned Dwarf from 2-5 p.m. 
  • Parents can also bring the little ones to this kid-friendly event.
  • “We’re also having a little Lucky Leprechaun Garden for the kids to go around and collect coins and get prizes for them,” said Eric Williams, general manager for the brewery.

If folks want to continue celebrating on the actual holiday, they can come back to Billsburg Brewery on Wednesday, March 17 to enjoy Irish Nachos, Corned Beef and Irish Stew, along with live music from DJ Jay.  

Shamrock the Burg at Culture Cafe

Date: March 12-13 from 3-6 p.m. 

Location: Culture Cafe, 747 Scotland St.

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg’s annual fundraiser is back this year with curbside pickup at Culture Cafe. 

  • On the menu is a traditional Irish meal including corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots and Irish soda bread, or a 7-Course Irish Meal, including a 6-pack of Alewerks Superb IPA and a loaded baked potato.  
  • The dinner costs $25 and the 7-course meal costs $15.
  • Plus, every meal purchased enters the guest a chance to win a three-hour tour of Mobjack Bay aboard Bay Retriever, a 40-ft Mainship Motor Yacht, along with a Luau dinner for themselves and three lucky friends.  

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Blue Talon Bistro’s Heat & Eat Dinner for Two

Date: Wednesday, March 17 

Location: Blue Talon Bistro, 420 Prince George St.

For those who want to enjoy a sit-down, traditional Irish meal on St. Patrick’s Day, Blue Talon Bistro has a lot to offer. For $50, the ‘Heat & Eat Menu for Two’ will include: 

  • Smoked Trout Salad with citrus, fennel and watercress
  • Creamy Irish “Colcannon” Soup with potatoes, leeks and cabbage 
  • Classic Corned Beef with braised cabbage and potatoes
  • Fingerling Potatoes and Turnips with braised Greens
  • Rustic Shepherd’s Pie 
  • Pork Loin in Irish hard cider glaze
  • House-made Irish soda bread

Blue Talon will also be serving their Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake for $30, or for $40 if it is not purchased with a dinner meal. They are also selling Geri’s Baked Reuben Dip for $12. For those who want something to take away, a ‘To-Go Dram’ will be available.  

Carrot Tree Kitchens

Date: Wednesday, March 17

Location: Carrot Tree Kitchens, 1303 Jamestown Road Suite 135 

Carrot Tree’s St. Patrick’s Day meal is offering up a lot of :

  • Irish soda bread, potato leek soup, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, salmon en croute, vegetarian cabbage rolls and lamb stew.
  • Sweets treats, including Leprechaun Parfait and Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake.
  • Reservations are recommended. 
  • Food will be available for pick-up beginning Tuesday, March 16.
  • “St. Patrick’s Day is a huge day for Carrot Tree,” said Glenn Halseth, the owner on Thursday. “Year-round we used to do an international dinner, and St. Patrick’s day was always our biggest seller. Last year, we had tons of reservations for St. Patrick’s Day and, bam, that was right when we shut down.”
  • “It was the first of a series of huge losses for all the restaurants in town,” she added. “So it’s good to be getting back into business on St. Patrick’s Day this year.”

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