Saturday was Irish Fest! Never fear, we did do a bike ride earlier Just a relatively quick 31 miles round trip to the lake and back:
A lot less tourists now!!
Then it was fest time! This is a pretty big event. It is held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. There are 3 stages set up with music going on all day from traditional to contemporary.
Some Irish dancers.
I don’t drink very often anymore, but I do enjoy beer. – Guinness!
We were watching the Makem Brothers:
They were good, but didn’t sing enough. Too much talking!
There were a lot of choices for food and we were really hungry after listening to this group. Kind of left the house in a hurry and with all that riding I wanted to eat! There were the usual fair food suspects, but also a lot of foods you normally don’t see at a fair:
I ended up getting the colcannon and a scone. Colcannon is usually a cabbage and potato dish, but this one was done with kale and bacon. No picture because we got talking with someone and I ate half of it standing up. It was pretty good, although they served the colcannon as a cold salad (it’s normally warm).
There were lots of vendors there selling all kinds of Irish (and Scottish) stuff.
Official Guinness merchandise.
I had no idea there was official merchandise other than beer.
Not Irish, but pretty darn cute This was next to a booth selling all kinds of alpaca wool goods.
And for the brave at heart (which would not be me):
Skipped that and went for something more appealing to eat with the next group.
That is the bread and drink! Only $3 for fair food! I already had eaten a piece before taking a picture, too.
The evening group we watched was Hair of the Dog:
They are a local group in Albany and play a lot around.
I would have liked to stay for Gaelic Storm, but it was getting really cold and we were a bit tired. Plus I wanted to stop by my sister’s house. All in all a good time!
Check this out! After Sunday’s bike ride (which was really cold – starting out at 39 degrees ), here is where my yearly mileage sits:
600 miles to go! There are going to be some very cold rides coming up to get to 2500.