BY OWEN MORRIS
Just in case you've missed the posters, yard signs and billboards advertising it, the KC Irish Fest starts at 5 p.m. Friday at Crown Center. It's your chance to eat haggis while watching the band Enter the Haggis perform.
And before the comments get nasty, I know haggis is Scottish, not Irish (many cultures have a dish made of sheep stomach, but I digress.) According to Irish Fest Board Member Laren Mahoney, haggis will be served at the event along with other authentic dishes like scotch eggs, bangers and mash and fish and chips.
If you're not particularly adventurous as far as food goes, then come for the beer. Besides that Irish stalwart Guinness, be sure to try the Cork brew Murphy's, a smoother stout than Guinness and one of my favorites. If you're not a dark-beer drinker, I recommend Magners, an alcoholic cider that beats the pants off competing ciders and off of you.
The gate opens at 5 p.m. and stays open until 11 p.m. Saturday and Sundays' hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate but you can purchase in advance for eight dollars at any area Hy-Vee.