Raise the Guiness with Biggest St Patrick’s Day Celebration in Ascot

St. Patrick Day is here again and Eagle Farm Racecourse in Ascot now claims bragging rights for having the biggest celebration in Brisbane with its Paddyfest event on 17 March.

Paddyfest is a proud celebration of all things Irish, from beer to food, culture and entertainment.

The fun kicks off at 11:00 a.m. and will run until 10:00 p.m. It’s going to be an all-day and a family-friendly affair.

For one day, the racecourse will be transformed into a busy Irish village with pop-up bars selling the popular Guinness, Magner’s Irish Cider, and one of Paddyfests’ very own signature cocktail, the Shamrock Juice.

City of Brisbane Wing Pipe Band
Credit: Paddyfest Brisbane Facebook

Food stalls and food trucks will be offering the best of the Irish cuisine. There’s Mac from Way Back, IndieMex, and the Diddly Dee Food Truck.

The whole programme on the main stage is jam-packed with everything Irish as well. There will be Irish dancers and traditional Irish pipe bands. There will also be music from classic rock bands and other performers such as Tartan Shamrock, the City of Brisbane Wing Pipe Band, Shanon Watkins Band, and the Ukelele Death Squad Band.

Plus, legendary Irish stand up comedian Jimeoin will be bringing the house down with his own brand of humour.

Irish Dancing
Credit: Paddyfest Brisbane Facebook

Included in the fun-filled programme are two exciting competitions. A Wing Eating Contest will be held. A Paddyfest Merch Pack is at stake.

There will also be a best-dressed competition where all Irish-inspired costumes are accepted. Those who will be joining are allowed to be as creative as they would like to be. Costumes can range from the traditional to fictional as long as they are inspired by Irish fashion. For the complete mechanics for the Wing Eating and Best-Dressed competitions click here.

Here’s the schedule to guide you through for the day.


Credit: Paddyfest Website

Kids are welcome to this event as there will be a designated Kids’ Zone with free rides, craft activities, and face painting.

The event has just released its second batch of tickets. To purchase tickets, click here.