From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Emma Martin
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start making plans. My St. Patrick’s Day typically includes fully leaning into my 30% Irish heritage, enjoying a crisp glass of Magners Pear Cider and making sure everyone at my table gets the clapping right while singing along to The Wild Rover (if you know, you know). Lucky for me, I can do all of those things right here at Disney Springs!
The annual Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is back this year from March 11-17 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. You will have the chance to enjoy the very best of Irish talent, a variety of beers and cocktails, classic Irish fare and more. If you’ve been before, you know the festival is a can’t-miss experience. And if you haven’t been, we hope to see you this year!
Irish Fare & Brews
New on the menu this year is a locally crafted seltzer, called “So Berry Les.” The name is a special tribute to John Cooke’s (co-owner of Raglan Road Pub and Cooke’s of Dublin) father Les, who found himself in the Guinness Book of World Records for setting a strawberry-buying record in 1977. So Berry Les was crafted in collaboration with Crooked Can Brewing Co. in Winter Garden, Florida, and is a light and refreshing hard seltzer infused with local Florida strawberry and Key Lime juice. I don’t know about you, but I’m berry excited to try this new brew! If seltzer isn’t your thing, never fear, there are several Irish beer flights and, of course, the classic Guinness, available to whet your whistle.
It’s hardly a trip to Raglan Road without their famous fresh-caught fish with chips! (Pro tip: You can also order fish & chips to go at the Cooke’s of Dublin counter). Or choose from a tasty selection of authentic Irish dishes like the Shepherd’s to Die for Pie and Executive Chef Mark O’Neill’s popular plant-based pie, This Shepherd Went Vegan. All of which pair beautifully with their wide range of Irish whiskeys, local craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails.
If you’ve ever walked by Raglan Road and heard the music floating through the open doors, you know they know how to provide an amazing entertainment lineup. And for the festival this year, they are flying in some of the top bands from Ireland including Jig Jam, known for their captivating brand of CeltGrass; the Lisa Canny Band, blending pop and hip-hop with traditional Irish rhythm; Emerald Shore, vibrant trad music – just to name a few. Of course, the fan-favorite Raglan Road Irish Dancers will also be performing throughout the festival and are ready to teach you a few dance steps!
And the fun doesn’t stop there! There will also be a face painter, giveaways, merchandise at the Shop for Ireland boutique and more. For full festival details visit: raglanroad.com.
On March 17 Raglan Road will open at 10 a.m., seating guests on a first-come, first-served basis, with a $20 cover charge for guests 18 and older. For those planning to celebrate during the other festival dates from March 11-16, reservations are encouraged and can be made through the My Disney Experience app or by calling 407-938-0300.
Let us know if we’ll be seeing you there – and be sure to bring your dancing shoes and a hearty appetite!
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