Find the ‘Luck of the Irish’ with these 7 food events

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and March Madness
Find the ‘Luck of the Irish’ with these 7 food events
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with fish fry at Brocach Irish Pub.

March 15
While March Madness can be fun, what might be even better is cheese madness. Head to Willy Street Co-op for the “Cheese Challenge.” Fill out a cheese bracket by March 15, choosing your favorite local Wisconsin winners. Brackets that closely match the final match-ups can win eight pounds of cheese. Free,

March 16
Start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day early at the Yahara Bay Distillery. Join in sampling some of the distillery products and some other St. Patrick’s Day themed cocktails available at the bar. Wearing green can bring you luck in the form of a gift basket drawing. 5-10 p.m.,

Visit the Malt House with an all-Irish whiskey tasting. At “When Irish Guys Are Smiling,” try six different whiskeys to learn about varieties apart from the only Irish whiskey you might be familiar with, Jameson. Don’t worry though, there is a Jameson selection within the flight! $18, 5:30-8 p.m.,

March 16-20
Get in the basketball spirit at Augie’s Tavern. More than 10 TVs will be set up for maximum basketball-viewing pleasure. Enjoy March specials like $5 MSG Wings, $7 Augie’s Burgers and half-priced Wisconsin drafts. 11 a.m.-midnight,

March 17
Join Brocach Irish Pub & Whiskey Den at its “St. Patrick’s Day All Day” event. Start early with some green beer and whiskey of all kinds. There will be Irish music and March Madness action going until the wee hours of the morning, 9-2 a.m.,

For one day and one day only, Karben4 Brewing will tap a Dry Stout in its taproom for St. Paddy’s Day festivities. Outside of the beer special, Lady Luck pints will be $1 off all day. Come relax, drink some beer and try some delicious food specials. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day to the fullest with a buffet at The Hilltop. With classic Irish staples like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and mashed potatoes, you will not be disappointed at this all-you-can eat celebration. 4 p.m., $19.95,