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December 6, 2022
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Irish Stew cook-off & St. Patrick’s Day Party to return March 17

The iconic, popular Irish Stew Cook-off will return to Valley Center after a year’s hiatus at a new location, Shawii Kitchen at the Native Oaks golf course. It will, appropriately enough, be held on St. Patrick’s Day. And if you’re not wearing green, expect for someone to give your cheek and pinch!

The cook-off was the last big event held in Valley Center before the statewide and countywide lockdown descended in 2020, and other than Western Days last July,  it will be one of the first big events to return—if COVID co-operates. If past years are any indication, this celebration will bring out tons of locals.

The event, besides the bare-knuckles contest between organizations determined the cook the best stew, no matter the cost (well, a slight exaggeration) will also include the announcement of the Honorary Mayor’s Race candidates.

There will be music, dancing, food and all manner of Gaelic nonsense. It promises to be a wholesome, laugh-filled event with chances to sample the wares of some of Valley Center’s finest cooks. Plus, the venue is outdoors so bring a sweater for the usual March evening.

Details for the event and applications for cooks will soon be posted at:

Regina Stehly, food and beverage manager for Shawii Kitchen, said she is delighted for the community and family-friendly event to take place at Shawii, and as all true Irish (and those who wish they were) will appreciate, there will be a fully-functioning bar with many local brews on tap as well as spirits to tempt all true sons of Erin.

The event is presented by the Roadrunner and sponsored by Rotary Club of Valley Center, Valley Center Business Association, and Shawii Kitchen.

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