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Irish Stew Cook Off to raise money for scholarships


March 05, 2014
Excitement is building for the 20th Annual Irish Stew Cook Off set to take place on March 13, Thursday at the St Stephan's parish hall located on Cole Grade next to the Valley Center High School. This Irish family friendly event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and tickets which cost just $7 per person or a family ticket for $20 will be sold at the door.

There will be 18 stews to try and mini hot dogs for the wee ones.

So, what is the Irish Stew Cook Off like?

Imagine a grand Irish homecoming as you have never seen before as you step into the St. Stephen's parish hall and see a 1,000 shades of green, there is your favorite Irish pub with the lads and their green derby hats greeting you warmly and asking you to buy a pint and hear their tales of blarney. Then there are the wonderful aromas of the stews and lots of Aunt Kates dressed in their best Irish finery and calling you over to taste their delicious pots of stew made just for you!

Irish music fills the hall, you grab a bowl and spoon and walk around the little Irish village tasting all the stews your stomach can hold. All your neighbors and friends are there and you know in your heart how good it is to be Irish for the day even though your name is Smith or Jones and you have never tasted Irish stew in your life. You want to join in the fun and laughter for the evening and just forget your troubles.

Later in the evening, the beautiful Irish Dancers with their curly hair and fabulous dresses make their way to the center of the village floor and the clapping and stomping of the feet begin as they dance and entertain the crowd. Oh, it is such a grand sight to behold.

Everyone who comes to the Irish stew cook off is encourage to wear a wee bit of green or a lot of green so the Leprechauns do not have a reason to pinch you.

Back again this year is a contest for the children who come dressed as Little Miss Ireland and a Leprechaun. No application is needed; just dress up the young ones and the judging will take place during the evening. Jenn O' Armstrong's son, Baden from Armstrong's Feed Store won as the best little leprechaun and Kathleen McKewan's granddaughter, Emily Rose won as the best little Miss Ireland.

This year Knights of Columbus, a 501(8)c, will sponsor the event that raises money for scholarships to be awarded to deserving students at Valley Center High School. All students are welcome to apply.

There will be a Silent Auction of the fabulous bribe baskets, so bring a little extra green to bid on the baskets.

The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce will also be announcing the candidates for the upcoming Honorary Mayor's contest.

Tickets are sold at the door. St. Stephen's Parish Hall is located just south of the VC High School at 31020 Cole Grade Rd, Valley Center.

To get an application to cook a stew sign or to donate a Silent Auction Basket please go on www.vcIrishstew.com or call Kathleen McKewan, founder and organizer of the Irish Stew Cook Off at 760-497-7007.

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