Next Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day, the one day a year when it seems like everyone wants to be Irish, or at least enjoy Irish food and drink.
If you're looking for places to celebrate the day, here are some ideas:
■ Good Foods Co-op, 455 Southland Drive, will have an Irish feast on the hot buffet from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 17 for $8.49 a pound, featuring: corned beef and cabbage, Irish whiskey roasted salmon, vegan shepherd's pie, leek and mushroom stuffed cabbage, scalloped cabbage, Irish whiskey glazed carrots, rutabaga Irish pudding, chocolate porter cake, steamed broccoli and Good Foods kale, of course.
And if you are a Good Foods Co-op member, take note: the quarterly owner appreciation days event, when you can get 10 percent off one order, is today through Sunday.
■ Winchell's Bar & Restaurant, 348 Southland Drive, will have specials for St. Patrick's Day. They will be serving corned beef and cabbage with new potatoes, bangers and mash served with beer-soaked onions, shepherd's pie, soda bread and green beer. No reservations necessary. (859) 278-9424
■ The Lexington St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival will be Saturday at Cheapside Park and the Fifth/Third Pavilion on Main Street. Events begin with the Shamrock Shuffle 3K footrace at 8 a.m., followed by Celtic music, Irish dancing, traditional Irish foods and drinks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The parade down Main Street begins at 1 p.m.
■ For the Shamrock Shuffle, McCarthy's Irish Pub, 117 S. Upper St. will have Magner's Irish Cider from 9 to 10 a.m. for $3, and beer specials. On Saturday at 10: 30 a.m., they will have the rugby match between Ireland and Wales on TV, as well as parades from England and Scotland.
■ Lynagh's Irish Pub, 382 Woodland Ave., will have Irish food and drinks specials beginning with brunch on Sunday and running through St. Patrick's Day, when they will open at 8 a.m., said owner Robert Swan. "We make our own corned beef," he said. They also will have bangers, colcannon and whiskey chicken, and drink specials with four Irish whiskeys — Jameson, Redbreast, Tullamore Dew and Powers, as well as Guinness, Smithwicks and Apocalypse Irish Red beers.
■ Nicholasville-based Alltech recently hosted a three-day Craft Brews and Food Fair in Dublin, Ireland, that drew nearly 10,000 attendees. The beer fair, the largest in Ireland, boasted a staggering 500 craft beers to sample from 60 breweries — including many seasonal and special release brews. Alltech will also host the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest in Lexington on May 16 as part of the Alltech REBELation, which will also include a brewing and distilling session.
The third annual Dublin Craft Beer Cup went to Coisbo Beer of Denmark, for its imperial Russian stout aged in sherry barrels. It was the second time the brewery had won the cup in two years, an impressive feat, particularly since 469 beers were entered from across the globe. The first annual Supreme Cider award went to McCashins Brewery of New Zealand for its Rochdale Three Berry Cider.
■ Feeling blue, as in "Go Big Blue?" Martine's Pastries, 1039 Industry Road, has blue UK sugar cookies and macarons, in time for the SEC tournament. (859) 231-9110
■ And speaking of the upcoming basketball tournaments, the LexGo Eat kitchen is looking for your best tournament party food ideas. Send me your recipes and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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■ Wine + Market, 486 W. Second St, is having a seminar on wines of the Southern Rhone valley sub-regions at 6 p.m., on March 24 for $25 person, and a Mourgues de Grès tasting, also 6 p.m. March 24, for $5 per person, followed by a dinner at Enoteca across the street for $40 person. On March 30, at 6 p.m., there will be a class on sparkling wine for $25 per person. Every Friday, Wine + Market has a free wine tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations, (859) 225-0755.
■ Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 28. Children can search for thousands of treat-filled eggs plus enjoy refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Free; begins at 1 p.m. For more information, go to email@example.com or call (502) 696-5930.
■ Kentucky State Parks will be serving their annual Easter buffets April 5, and several parks are planning other special events. The menu includes beef carved on the buffet line, baked country ham, golden fried catfish and hushpuppies. Several parks are planning egg hunts and other activities for guests. For more information, visit Parks.ky.gov.
Here are some of the events planned around the state:
■ Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet, Children's Egg Hunt, April 4. Over 2,000 eggs filled with candy will be hidden for children under the age of 12 to hunt. There will be four different age categories for children. Call (859) 289-5507 for times and location details.
■ Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn, Easter Egg Hunt, April 5. Easter bags with toys in them will be given out as well. Call (606) 398-7510 for details.
■ Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill, Easter Weekend Getaway, April 3-5. Carter Caves will have family-oriented programs throughout the weekend. Events include egg coloring, scavenger hunting, a wildflower walk and other fun activities. Call (606) 286-4411 for times and details.
■ Grayson Lake State Park, Grayson Easter Crafts, Contest and Eggs, April 3-4. Campers begin decorating their campsite April 3 for the campsite decorating contest. The Easter egg hunt is April 4, starting at noon. (606) 474-2553.
■ Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg Easter Egg Hunt, April 4. Photos with the Easter Bunny. Call (606) 889-1790 for times and details.
■ John James Audubon State Park, Henderson, Eggstravaganza, March 28. For kids ages 3-7, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Audubon Museum. Funny Bunnies Art, storytelling, live bunnies and Easter snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. The fee is $7. Contact Kim McGrew-Liggett (270) 827-1893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown, Easter Egg Hunt, April 4. Several thousand eggs filled with candy or toys will be hidden for kids under the age of 13. Hunt will start at 1 p.m. at the disc golf course's first hole. Call (270) 343-3111.
■ Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg, Community Egg Hunt, April 4. Children up to 12 can search for eggs and candies hidden in the grass and compete in great fun and games. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Harrodsburg. Kids can have pictures made with the Easter Bunny. Call (859) 734-3314.
■ Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville, Kiwanis Egg Hunt, April 4. Easter egg hunt from noon to 2 p.m. Free; 1,500 eggs filled with candy and hidden in the cove. Grilled hot dogs, chips, drink and dessert will be served. The Easter buffet will be served Sunday. Call (606) 337-3066.