The Village of Barrington is rolling out the…Continue Reading
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Two of downtown Barrington’s hottest restaurants, McGonigal’s Pub and the Park Avenue Restaurant and Wine Bar, share a secret ingredient. He’s the man behind the menus, Executive Chef Ted Stay, and you’ll find him working overtime, crafting culinary treasures in the kitchen that create raving fans on both restaurant floors.
This dedicated and innovative chef manages to run the kitchen for the two vastly different, but equally popular downtown Barrington fixtures simultaneously. Visit the shared kitchen and you might, like we did, see McGonigals serving up their Soft Pretzels and Beer Cheese or, pub favorite, Fish and Chips……
The Village of Barrington is bracing for a blast of blarney and a sea of green downtown this weekend. Doors open at the second annual Barrington Celtic Fest at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning. If you’re in the mood for some Irish music, corned beef and St. Patrick’s Day fun, then toss on your favorite four-leaf clover shirt and head over to McGonigal’s Pub in the heart of downtown Barrington for the festivities. The tent’s all set up, the forecast is unseasonably warm and you’ll be pleased to find that this 2-day, family-friendly fest offers far more than just food and spirits.
In addition to a tasty menu of traditional Irish foods, Celtic Fest will offer up great live music, performances and guest appearances. The fest is FREE, though a small donation will be requested to help support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life coming up in Barrington this June. It’s a small price to pay for a great cause and a full lineup of live music on the schedule at the fest all weekend long.
Here’s what you can expect each day at this year’s Celtic Fest and McGonigal’s Pub……
McGonigal’s Pub is making it easy to be Irish in Barrington this week! They’re hosting the community’s inaugural 2-day “Barrington Celtic Fest” starting on St. Patrick’s Day morning. The pub is also celebrating their one year anniversary, so I thought it would be a great time to catch up with owner, Bryan McGonigal. He’s a busy guy these days, but he took a quick break and found a comfortable seat at the bar. With the bartender busy in the background and a pint of Guinness within easy reach, Bryan filled me in on the festival details and highlights from his first year in business.
The fest will run tomorrow and Friday from 10AM until 1AM featuring a great lineup of live Irish music, Irish dancers, Corned Beef, Cabbage, a full Irish menu, pints of beer, NCAA basketball tournament watching and plenty of people in green. Admission is FREE and you’ll find the full festival entertainment lineup below. But first, here’s Bryan’s look at the fest and McGonigal’s first year, in his very own words.…Continue Reading