A lucky place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is at the 2023 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road in Disney Springs. Rollicking fun can be had March 16–19!
Owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, the much-loved Irish eatery is renowned for its daily Irish stage performances by dance troupes and bands. Did you know that the restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando?
The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road is one of the most authentic Irish festivals in America. The craic begins with notable Irish bands flown in for the celebration, including the most-heralded U2 tribute band on the planet, Elevation—this year celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary.
The festival is family-friendly with competitions and loads of giveaways. The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival has earned its reputation as a fantastic Irish hospitality experience in America.
The live Irish music and dance will spill into the street outside of Raglan Road with five outside bars, fun St. Paddy’s merchandise, face painting, and more.
This year’s musical sessions will wind guests up and keep ‘em partying with bands that include: Elevation—The group brings the most authentic sights and sounds of U2—believe it!
Strings & Things—This Trad/Folk/Roots crossover band hails from Tipperary and Galway. One for the Foxes—These award-winning instrumentalists share a deep-rooted passion for Irish trad music. Men of Aran—Legends of the Irish trad world, the Men have toured, performed, and recorded with many Irish music luminaries.
Clare Sands—The sixth-generation fearless fiddler, bilingual singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist takes you on an exhilarating journey of story and song.
Gobhán—This dynamic duo has performed for the Prince of Wales and the President of Ireland and will entertain with Irish ballads and modern Irish song. Celtic Croi—This exciting band of three from Glasgow, Dublin, and Belfast performs a vibrant show of music and song.
The Raglan Road Irish Dancers, plucked from the casts and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, will perform throughout the festival.
Revelers can enjoy Raglan Road’s Signature Brew Flight; Whiskey Flight; or craft beers, wines, and hand-crafted cocktails of their choice while selecting from the chef’s authentic Irish dishes, including the dry-aged prime short rib, Shepherd’s Pie, and fresh-caught fish with chips. Those authentic fish-and-chips also are available to go at the adjacent Cooke’s of Dublin counter.
Reservations are encouraged for guests who plan to celebrate at Raglan Road on March 16, 18, or 19. On St. Patrick’s Day only, March 17, Raglan Road will open at 11 a.m. with a $20 cover charge for guests 18 and older (first-come, first-served—no reservations on this day only); younger patrons may enter free of charge. For more information, visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the Raglan Road Way
If you cannot be at Raglan Road Irish Restaurant & Pub this year, why not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Raglan-style at home? Start your feast with the fantastic P.J. Poison. Check out the original recipe here.
For your main dish, prepare the traditional Shepherd’s Pie—with a twist. We tried it, and it came out great. Decorate the house and wear green. You can even fold green napkins in the shape of a four-leaf clover. Here is how!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Bread-and-Butter Pudding. Did you know that the dish originated in England in the early 11th and 12th centuries? Find the recipe here.
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