What is it about March that makes us crave corned beef and parsley potatoes?
When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around on March 17, it seems like almost everyone in Los Angeles starts celebrating their inner Irishman, donning green garb and looking to perch somewhere that sells green beer.
If you’re not really Irish, no worries, neither was St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. Although much of his history is not known, it was believed that St. Patrick was in fact born in Great Britain, but kidnapped at a young age by Irish pirates who brought him to Ireland as a slave. He later escaped, became a cleric and then returned to Ireland in his later life.
March 17, reportedly the date when St. Patrick died, is celebrated as a religious and cultural holiday in Ireland, but in LA it is largely a reason to enjoy good eats, listen to festive music and drink the aforementioned shamrock-colored beer.
Fortunately for Angelenos, Farmers Market provides the ideal St. Patrick’s Day hangout.
Hungry for Irish fare? Magee’s Kitchen, one of the Market’s oldest merchants, is serving their famed corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes for$13.75 all day long. This perennial favorite has been featured on their daily menu since the 1940s and customers travel from as far away as San Diego to enjoy this flavorful dish.
While Magee’s corned beef and cabbage have been a Farmers Market staple for more than 80 years, Magee’s actually pre-dates the Market. In 2017 they’re celebrating their centennial anniversary in grand style with live music and festivities all day long.
Pop by the Market at lunch time and catch the sounds of Celtic Camerata from 11 am to 1 pm on the East Patio. At 1 pm, Farmers Market favorite, Glen the Bagpiper strolls the Market until 4 pm.
Because Farmers Market has always been a family-friendly establishment, we also have plenty of activities for the kids. Starting at 5 pm, Shelly the Balloon Artists shares her amazing creations with Market patrons, while kids can also try their hand at “Lucky Crafts” with Sticker Planet. Make sure to swing by the East Patio, where The Celtic Duo—Scarlet and Steve will be performing from 5 to 7 pm.
Then at 7 pm, it’s time to dance a little Irish jig with Stuart Marks and The Paddy O’Dors Band, presented by E.B.’s Beer & Wine, on the West Patio. There’s sure to be singing, dancing and a whole lot of good cheer throughout the evening.
Of course, E.B.’s Beer & Wine and Bar 326 will be serving green-hued drafts of beer. And because we expect the Market to be bustling on St. Patrick’s Day, E.B.’s Beer & Wine will be setting up a temporary bar on the East Patio, so you have more places to pick up some green-colored beer. It doesn’t matter which bar you frequent, since guests can stroll throughout the Original Market with their beer in hand, making this a perfect setting to meet and greet other revelers.
Planning a more private celebration of your inner-Irish? Both Huntington Meats & Sausage and Marconda’s Meats are selling pre-brined corned beef, which give you an easy way to whip up a tasty corned beef meal at home. For obvious reasons these are popular items at this time of year and sell out quickly, so be sure to pre-order them early.
Want more information? View our St. Patrick’s Day Flyer now.