By Stephen Chrisanthus
Special to The Pineapple
Would you like to reserve a table in the middle of the road and consume copious amounts of your favorite pink, four legged, curly tailed friend while drinking bourbon and wearing a green shirt…Well than this March you are in luck.
Now while you can’t do all of those things simultaneously you can attend 3 of Delray Beach’s most anticipated events of the year to experience each one. March is home to Savor the Avenue, Bacon and Bourbon Fest and The Delray Beach Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. These diverse and fun filled events are favorites of locals and visitors alike, and are unique to Delray Beach.
Who says it’s hard to get a table on Atlantic Avenue during Season? Savor the Avenue enables you to dine right in the middle of the actual road on one of the nation’s longest dining tables. The City’s top restaurants creatively decorate the table and serve their own four course dinners paired with complimentary wines. “For bragging rights and competitive spirit, the city has a table decor contest between all the restaurants. It’s pretty cool not only for the judges but for guests and spectators to walk the Ave, check out each table, make mental notes and judge for themselves. I mean, who doesn’t love to judge just a little,” explains Kyle Gonzales, Director of Marketing for Salt7 which was last year’s winner.
This year’s participating restaurants include: Tryst, 32 East, Cabana El Ray, Salt 7, Rocco’s Tacos, The Fat Rooster, and plenty more. So come out and park yourself in a seat on the Ave and enjoy the feast.
If you’re looking to get hog wild then make your way out the 2nd Annual Bacon and Bourbon Fest where you can indulge in over 80 bacon inspired menu items, along with great live music, and a collection of over 40 bourbons and whiskeys. It’s a two day affair so those hedonistic swine that just can’t get enough can always go back for seconds. The Fest also offers Bacon and Bourbon Pairing Seminars and two exclusive Pappy Van Winkle tastings. There will be a full bar, wines and Heineken Light too. This boar bash is not one to miss!
Nothing fun to do March 12th, home feeling blue? Throw on anything green and head out to Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, the premier St. Patty’s Parade of the southeast. Show your support to the dedicated men and women of emergency services while enjoying a green beer at your favorite spot on the Avenue. This year more than 60 World War II veterans will lead the parade, the largest such gathering of its kind. The people watching will be great and the energy will be electric. Everybody likes a parade, so don’t miss the biggest one of the year.
So throw on that green shirt, don’t be afraid to be a porker and yes this time please feel free to take a seat and hold up traffic on Atlantic Avenue because this March we are going to Savor the Bacon Parade.