Saturday, March 15 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
CONTACT: Kathleen Harris, 920-868-3258
Peninsula Celebrates St. Paddy’s Day Early with Campfire Colcannon
Fish Creek – Call it Colcannon (Ireland). Call it Rumbledethumps (Scotland). Whatever you call it, why not try frying this classic potato and cabbage dish over a noon campfire on Saturday, March 15, at the Peninsula State Park nature center? You’re sure to hear it “bubble and squeak” in the pudgy pie irons provided. This program is free and open to the public, but a state park vehicle sticker is required and donations are appreciated. Consider the event a cooking demonstration with samples, not a full meal.
Colcannon was a common dish during WWII when rationing limited food choices. Today, it brings to mind the culture of the English Isles. Peninsula’s campfire celebrates the lore of St. Paddy. This fifth century missionary was captured by Irish pirates at age sixteen. He was forced to work as a shepherd for six years. After many more adventures, legend has Patrick fled Ireland but later returned. It is said he banished every snake from the emerald isle … but since Ireland never had native snakes this wasn’t a hard to do.
Beginning at 12 Noon, before cooking colcannon over the campfire, the park naturalist will share the legend of the swans, a traditional Celtic story that features a clever sister and her seven brothers, who are under an evil spell. Then, children will be invited on a short hike to look for the “snakes” that Patrick banished. The cook-out follows.
If you need additional information about Peninsula State Park’s Luck o- the Irish program on March 15, call 920-868-3258. The campfire may be cancelled if there is heavy rain or snow. Information is also available about Peninsula’s custom LIKE TO HIKE program.