People check out local restaurants


Above: Lauralee O’Neil, front, came decked out in all of her Irish garb for the Taste of the Irish Hills event this past weekend. O’Neil came all the way from Lyons, Ohio, while her friend to her right, Kris Ortman, came nearly as far – from Temperance, Mich. Here, at the Eagle’s Nest on Clark Lake, they are sampling a Mexican street corn dip with house-made tortilla chips.

Hundreds of visitors got a chance to sample entrees, desserts, brews and wines from around the Irish Hills during the Taste of the Irish Hills, an annual even put on by the Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce. The event not only brings many visitors to the area, but gives residents a chance to check out area restaurant and bar fare as well. Below are some of the visitors who enjoyed this year’s event.

By John Hummer

Friends of Walker Tavern member Frank Bolak hoists a bottle of Walker Tavern Root Beer, made right at Cambridge Junction, that Taste of the Irish Hills participants were able to sample. It is available locally at Callaghan’s Coffee Café, Jerry’s Pub, and Ad-Lib Coffee and Custard in Onsted.

Big Boy co-owner Ly Huynh proudly displays a French silk pie. Pieces of French silk, strawberry, and coconut cream pie were available to sample by the Taste of the Irish Hills participants. (more below)

Francisco Mendoza, manager at Lucero’s restaurant in Clarklake, shows off corn kickers and a special queso dip to go with their tasty tortilla chips. These delicacies were sampled by many of Lucero’s patrons who were part of the Taste of the Irish Hills event this past weekend.

This trio of ladies, all from Manitou Beach, were doing a little beverage sampling of their own at Lucero’s during Taste of the Irish Hills. From left: Sharon Jaimes, Sue Gruber, and Jennifer Kortberg.


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