Irish Fest is this weekend: Higland Rovers, Guinness and corned beef on event menu

The ninth annual Milford Irish Festival will be Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20 in downtown Milford.

Saturday will be the full festival with Irish music, dancing, culture, food and drink, plus Irish wares for sale.

Admission is $5 Friday and $12 Saturday. A two-day pass is $15. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.

The festival takes place at the Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion, behind the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue.

Entertainment includes Kevin McKernon, Calley McGrane & the Exiles, Hair of the Dog, Bobby Morrill, Fairfield Pipe Band, The Kathleen Mulkerin’s School of Irish Dancing, Lenihan School of Irish Dancing, The Irish Band, New York Brogue, Alehounds and The Highland Rovers.

There will be corned beef, shepherd’s pie, fish & chips, roast beef, nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, plus pulled pork, BBQ chicken sandwiches, sausage and peppers, fried dough, kettle corn and Italian ice.

There also will be water, soda, Guinness, Harp and other beers, Twisted Tea, Smirnoff Ice, hard cider and wine.

On Saturday there will be Irish crafts and gifts, including perfume, sterling silver, gemstone and Celtic jewelry; CD’s/DVD’s, books, children’s gifts and clothing.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday there will be a tea room with Irish coffee, tea and baked goods, including scones, apple tarts, Irish soda bread, brown bread and Bailey’s crumb cake. There also will be an Irish history/language and genealogy tent, plus a cooking demonstration.

Free children activities will be available Saturday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and will include face painting, coloring, plant-a-shamrock, games and prizes, step dancing demonstrations, rock climbing wall, and a bounce house.

There is no parking at the festival site except for handicapped and vendors spots.

Free shuttle bus service will be available on Saturday to and from the Parsons Center.