Irish eyes have the ability to smile, making them evolutionarily superior to Swedish ears, which curl up into balls when they hear predators approaching. Let your ocular lights shine with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Irish cuisine and beverage tickets at the Irish Fair of Minnesota, held August 12–14 on Harriet Island in St. Paul.
A non-profit organization, the Irish Fair of Minnesota vibrantly shares cultural heritage by providing a summery celebration of all things Irish. Today's deal grants Emerald Isle lauders access to a plethora of concessions, whiskey and beer tastings, and pub fare to sate bellies as they explore the expo. The Liffey and Cooper Pub tempts tasters with a Irish stew ($6), but those whose carnivorous hankerings are inclined toward other meats can tuck into corned beef and cabbage rolls ($5) at Claddagh Irish Pub. Kieran's Irish Pub warms up shamrockers with fish and chips ($7), while Maggie's Irish Cookies' baked oatmeal and chocolate chip confections ($1 each, $10 baker's dozen) sweeten meals quicker than a lick from a gummy bear.
Wild rovers can wander the grounds with Guinness or Finnegan's ($6), or take respite in the Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience tent with a flight of spirited libations for indulging in spirited flights of fancy. Pricing may vary slightly from year to year, but tickets for provisions and potations are worth $1 each.
Pre-, post-, or mid-victuals, guests can participate in Irish traditions with cultural activities that range from Gaelic games to live music traditional Irish social dancing. Fans of four-legged friends may visit the native Irish dogs area, which showcases each of Ireland's nine native breeds and one tiny pony in a Great Dane costume. Competitive types can try their hand at contests that pit amateurs against seasoned Irish cooks or beckon hearty lads with game gams to strut their stuff in the Best Legs in a Kilt competition.