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Embracing the Green: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations and Traditions

As the green hues of St. Patrick’s Day approach, Harriet’s of Hove invites you to immerse yourself in the festive spirit of this beloved Irish holiday. It’s a day rich in history, brimming with traditions, and a perfect opportunity to savour authentic Irish flavours – with a vegan twist! In this blog, we’ll explore the origins of St. Patrick’s Day, share traditional Irish recipes like vegan stew and soda bread, and look at how this day is celebrated around the world, including some local festivities right here in our community.

The History and Significance of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17th, honours St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. While it started as a religious feast day in the 17th century, it has evolved into a global festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. The day commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

Traditional Irish Recipes with a Vegan Twist: Stew and Soda Bread

This St. Patrick’s Day, Harriet’s of Hove brings you a vegan spin on two classic Irish recipes. These dishes are not only delicious but also align with our commitment to sustainable and ethical eating.

Vegan Irish Stew Recipe

Ingredients from Harriet’s of Hove:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 large carrots, chopped
3 parsnips, chopped
4 medium potatoes, cubed
1 cup mushrooms, quartered
1 can (about 400g) cooked lentils, drained
1 litre vegetable stock
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
A handful of fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


👉🏼 Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, sauté until translucent.
👉🏼 Add carrots, parsnips, and potatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Stir in mushrooms and lentils.
Pour in vegetable stock, and add thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
Adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley.

Vegan Soda Bread Recipe

Ingredients from Harriet’s of Hove:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


👉🏼 Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.👉🏼 In a small bowl, combine almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside for 5 minutes to curdle.
👉🏼 In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, and salt.
Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the almond milk mixture. Stir until just combined.
👉🏼  Turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape into a round loaf.
Place the loaf on the prepared baking sheet and cut a cross on the top.
👉🏼 Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
👉🏼 Let cool before slicing.

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions and Local Celebrations in Hove and Brighton

St. Patrick’s Day is a festival of Irish culture, marked by parades, dancing, special foods, and a whole lot of green. One of the day’s most famous traditions is the wearing of green clothing or accessories, symbolising the lush landscapes of Ireland. But it’s not just about donning green attire; it’s about embracing the Irish spirit of joy, community, and, of course, a bit of cheeky fun.

In Hove and Brighton, we’re gearing up for some fantastic St. Patrick’s Day events that capture this spirit perfectly. If you’re in the mood for a traditional celebration with a modern twist, here’s what’s happening in our neck of the woods:

George Street Tap: The Heart of St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

Head down the road to the George Street Tap at Hove for a St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza! It’s a night filled with the best of Irish cheer – think Guinness, vibrant Irish cocktails, and an atmosphere that’s pure gold. Whether you’re Irish by blood or just Irish at heart, this is the place to be. So, put on your best green outfit and join us for a night of unforgettable fun.
4-5 George St, Hove BN3 3YA

The Pogue Traders and The Captain’s Beard at Concord II

For those who love music, The Pogue Traders and The Captain’s Beard are performing at a major venue in Brighton. It’s an evening where folk rock meets maritime melodies, promising a foot-tapping, sing-along experience that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Eve.
286A Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1EN

Fiddlers Elbow: Two-Day Street Party

And for those who just can’t get enough of the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, Fiddlers Elbow is hosting a two-day street party. It’s a weekend-long celebration with live music, dancing, and all the festive joy you can handle.
11 Boyce’s Street, Brighton, BN1 1AN

A Celebration of Culture and Community

St. Patrick’s Day in Hove and Brighton is more than just a day; it’s a testament to the joyous spirit of Irish culture and its influence on our community. It’s about coming together to celebrate, share stories, and enjoy the company of friends and strangers alike. Whether you’re raising a pint at George Street Tap, laughing at Bison Beer North Laine, or dancing in the streets at Fiddlers Elbow, you’re part of a global celebration that honours the rich Irish heritage.

At Harriet’s of Hove, we’re proud to be part of this vibrant community, sharing in the festivities and continuing our commitment to sustainable and joyous living. So, this St. Patrick’s Day, let’s all embrace the Irish spirit – full of warmth, welcome, and a wee bit of whimsy. Sláinte! 🍀🎉

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