ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Irish Fair of Minnesota is the largest free Irish festival in the nation, and it happens right here in the Twin Cities.

The fair takes place at St. Paul's Harriet Island from Aug. 10-12. It includes Irish music, food and even a kilt contest.

More information is available on the fair website.

Ultimate Irish Stew with Red Wine & Guinness

Serves 6 – 8


1-1/2 pounds lamb cutlets (1/2” cubed)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 cups water (approximately)

½ cup flour

1 large yellow onion

5 red potatoes

1 medium rutabaga (cubed)

¾ pounds pre-peeled baby carrots

24 ounces Guinness

1 cup red wine

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 large leek (thinly sliced)

12 ounces fresh mushrooms

1-1/2 cup celery (chopped)

1-1/2 teaspoon rosemary

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon white pepper

¼ teaspoon thyme

1 bay leaf


Step 1: Mix garlic salt and half the white pepper with flour and lightly coat the lamb cutlets.

Step 2: Sautee the onion and mushrooms in a skillet with the olive oil. Add the lamb and brown the lamb thoroughly.

Step 3: Add ½ cup red wine and simmer for 10 minutes to a condense liquid. Pour lamb, onions, mushroom and sauce to a stew pot.

Step 4: Add all remaining ingredients except potatoes; rutabagas, Guinness, the remaining red wine, celery, leeks, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, and remaining white pepper and enough water to cover. Simmer covered at medium low heat for one hour.

Step 5: Add potatoes and simmer uncovered for an additional two hours. You may need to add additional water to maintain consistency.