Saturday my daughter and I were invited to experience Raglan Road Pub’s Great Irish Hooley, or celebration. Nestled between Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island and Marketplace, the Great Irish Hooley is central Florida’s first boutique Irish festival, taking place from Friday to Monday this Labor Day weekend.
Raglan Road Pub is always a favorite for my family, featuring great food mixed with authentic Irish musicians and dancers throughout the day and night. The Great Irish Hooley enhanced all of that fun, with more bands, more dancing and lessons, and of course, great food – with no cover charge. It was wonderful to learn the stories behind the Irish dances being demonstrated along with the music and edible delights!
Here are some photo highlights of our experience on Saturday:
Anyone can dance!
Irish dancing demonstration outside Raglan Road for the festival
One of the Raglan Road beer flights available for tasting
Lobster Club – Lobster & avocado salad, crispy prosciutto, watercress & citrus herb mayonnaise.
Beef Murray – Beef curry pie with spinach, potatoes, mushrooms & apple chutney.
Keen eye for the Shepherd’s Pie – my daughter had this and loved it.
Raglan Risotto with shrimp
Raglan Risotto – Risotto with shiitake mushrooms, garden peas, shaved parmesan & rocket lettuce. You can add chicken or shrimp but I had it without and it was delicious!
Cashel Castle – Crumbled Cashel blue cheese, carmelized pecans, grape tomatoes, raspberries, prosciutto crisps, crostini’s & raspberry vinaigrette. You can add chicken or shrimp.
Chicken fingers and chips – not on the menu, but on the kids menu with 2 fingers, just ask your server!
An appetizer sampler brought out for our table – Scallop Forest – Georges Bank Scallops in a golden batter served with citrus lime dipping sauce & sweet chili jam. Heaven on Earth – Baby back ribs tossed in a Guinness glaze. Nom Nom Wings – Sweet ‘n spicy wings tossed in a honey, chili flake, soy & ginger sauce. Dalkey Duo – Battered cocktail sausages with a Dalkey mustard dipping sauce
Kiss Before Prawns – Pan seared prawns in a garlic & chili lemon butter sauce with crostinis.
Tart Art goat cheese tart with asparagus and peas – delicious!
Irish Soda Bread with sweet Guinness dipping sauce
Jay’Gail Sangria – A refreshing blend of Magners Cider, Peach Schnapps and Fruit Liqueurs & squeezes.
I love the stained glass inside Raglan Road!
An Irish dancer on the raised stage in the middle of Raglan Road
And here is a quick video of one of the Irish dancing demonstrations taking place during the Hooley:
The Great Irish Hooley is still going on now through Monday, September 3 – check out performance times at TheGreatIrishHooley.com and more information and menus at RaglanRoad.com. Special thanks again to Raglan Road Pub and Disney for providing lunch for my daughter and I.
Author: Suzannah Otis
Boston girl living and blogging in Walt Disney World's backyard. Wife, Mom of 3, coffee addict, lover of travel and adventure.