It’s said, “variety is the spice of life.” This is certainly true in Rockville Centre, where the dining options are plentiful. Widely the restaurant hub of South Nassau, the community boasts over 40 different restaurants and catering establishments.
Each year, leading up to the big event in March, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee invites more than 20 different local establishments from the village and surrounding communities to serve up their finest fares at the annual Taste of Rockville Centre event.
Crowds of hungry patrons filled the St. Agnes Parish Center on Jan. 27, for the opportunity to sample dozens of delicious entrees and treats. It also included a wine tasting, microbrewery samplings, a dessert and coffee bar, and live musical entertainment by Jerry and the Newcomer.
Some of the restaurants that participated in this year’s event include Ainsworth, Barrier Brewing Company in Oceanside, Churchill’s, Dark Horse, Dirty Taco and Tequila, Flour Shoppe Café, Front Street Bakery, Kasey’s Kitchen and Cocktails, MacArthur Park, Mangia Bene, Mesita, Monaghan’s, Polka Dot Pound Cake, Press 195, RJ Daniels, South Shore Brewery in Oceanside, Swingbelly’s Beachside BBQ in Long Beach, the Tap Room, and Village Liquor.
All of the funds raised will go to help three charities — one local, one national, and one Irish — which are selected each year by members of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee. This year, the proceeds made will go to benefit the Ryan Patrick O’Shea Foundation, HELP Uganda, and the St. Laserian’s School in Ireland.
For more information on the event and the committee’s upcoming fundraiser events, visit RVCStPatrick.com. The 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 25 at noon.