Sue Z.’s Picks: Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

Plus, beer bread using a Finnegan’s stout

Courtesy Irish Fair of Minnesota

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner (March 17), although the Irish Fair of Minnesota is this year scheduled for August 13-15.

Until then, a group of the Twin Cities’ most notorious Irish Americans are baking up a fundraiser. At the Food Building and Irish on Grand, here’s your chance to pick up some traditional Irish soda bread and/or stout-infused beer bread while also supporting the fair through March 15.

The classic brown soda bread is baked by Kieran’s Kitchen Northeast (run by by Kieran Folliard) with Baker’s Field Flour & Bread. The Irish beer bread comes by way of Finnegan’s (run by Jacquie Berglund), featuring the brewing company’s Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout.

The two loaves are baked by the master millers in the Food Building, based in northeast Minneapolis and housing Kieran’s Kitchen Northeast (117 Fourth Ave. NE, Minneapolis). The loaves are also available across the river, at Irish on Grand (run by Maeve O’ Meara, 1124 Grand Ave., St. Paul). Bear in mind that they may have sold out by the time you get there. Pre-order from Irish on Grand by clicking here. A loaf is $6 each, with $2 going to the Irish Fair of Minnesota.

In the meantime, circle the August 13-15th date for the 2021 Irish Fair on Harriet Island from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., to feature Irish dancing and more. You can also sign up to volunteer.

Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.