The Weston Irish Fest 2009 starts tonight, Friday, October 09 and continues through Saturday October 10 to Sunday October 11.
The 10th Annual Irish Festival at Weston, Missouri features national and regional Irish acts, and also the strongest lineup of local Irish performers I’ve seen listed for any Irish festival in the vicinity of Kansas City.
If you have never been to O’Malley’s Irish pub in Weston, you should really consider it as it is a most special pub, a unique and wonderful pub, constructed in America by, well I don’t know who built it - maybe they were Irish, German, English, Scandinavian?
And if you have been to O’Malley’s but not to its Irish festival, then you’re in for a treat as you won’t find a more naturally beautiful spot. The festival takes place in the underground cellars of the Weston Brewing Company at O’Malley’s Pub, the America Bowman Restaurant, and the pub’s adjacent outdoor Courtyard and Patio. The main Courtyard Stage is surrounded by a grassy area with a gentle slope that creates a natural amphitheater so you get a great view of the stage as well as good sound. There are 2 more entertainment stages indoors in the 3 cellars.
In other words you’ll get pub atmosphere and pub sets of music which will vary from the festival sets outside.
Food (including Irish dishes)
I’m not going to list the menu for you, but I will mention that among the Irish dishes on offer is coddle, a Dublin dish and I’d be having it were I going.
Beer (including Guinness)
Meanwhile there are beers, and lets not mess around - there are 6 beers on draft including the Diageo icons of Ireland: Guinness (stout), Harp (lager), and Smithwicks (Ale), to go with the Weston Brewing company’s own brands O”Malley’s Festival Ale, O’Malley’s Cream Ale, and O’Malley’s Cider. But maybe given the weather this weekend you may prefer Irish coffee…
The St Joe News asks why visiting the Weston Irish Fest at O’ Malley’s Pub this weekend might be more fun than the Kansas City Irish Fest of 5 weeks earlier, and tells you that Corey Weinfurt, co-owner of O’Malley’s Pub and Weston Brewing Company, has an answer:
“Well, (Weston) has a pretty different vibe to it,” he says. “It’s a much more intimate setting. You’re only with about 9,000 folks instead of fighting through 90,000.”
The setting will be beneficial for those who want better access to the 17 acts who will perform throughout the three-day event, which starts at 5pm tonight.
The Mickey Finns
The Wild Colonial Bhoys
Flannigan’s Right Hook
Three Dollar Band
Two Tap Trio
Pipes and Drums
Brennan Irish Dancers
See the Weston Irish website for a detailed schedule of each stage and day.
Friday, 5pm to Midnight - $8.00
Saturday, 11am to Midnight - $10.00
Sunday, Noon to 10pm - $10.00
Children under 14 years: FREE
Tickets available at the gate, call O’Malley’s Pub at (816) 640 5235 for more information