Of green and grand Irish cheers

Festival-goers forming the largest ‘sláinte’ in Malaysia during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival celebrations.

GUINNESS Malaysia celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a vibrant two-day festival at The Gasket Alley filled with live performances, fun and games, Guinness-infused bites and of course, cold, creamy stout.

From having the largest slلinte cheer (the Irish expression of “cheers”) in Malaysia, to an amazing line-up of performances, partygoers were in for a treat at The Gasket Alley, Petaling Jaya.

The atmosphere was abuzz with excitement as guests enjoyed the Guinness creations and a cold, creamy stout, while they enjoyed performances by local artistes Church Mouse, Froya, Donamarie, Jumero, Kyoto Protocol, Diplomats of Drum and Ryot Jones, as well as stand-up comedy by Prakash Daniel.

The festival offered a slew of Guinness-infused bites and Irish delicacies, including a spectacular Guinness stout roast, Dublin Coddle, sliders and oysters – all paired perfectly with the cold stout.

Those with a sweet tooth indulged in Guinness stout Baileys ice cream floats and Guinness stout iced coffee from the cocktail bar, as well as Guinness stout popcorn, brownies and a unique Guinness stout sorbet.

A festival would not be complete without exciting games and enticing prizes.

Some crowd favourites included the famous Guinness Draught Two Part Pour challenge and the Long Bar challenge, which saw festival-goers sliding a bottle of the stout along a long table to accumulate points.

Two winners were each awarded a trip for two to Dublin to be a part of the Guinness X Meatopia festival – a weekend-long affair of meat, drink, fire and music.

Long Bar Challenge Day 1 winner, Wong Jun Hoe, 24, who decided to bring his close friend along for the trip, said “The St. Patrick’s festival was so much fun.

Winning the challenge and getting to go to the home of Guinness is the cherry on the cake!”

The challenge for Day 2 took an unexpected turn when finalists Andressa da Silva Sales and Sri Ram Sri Kuman faced a tie after a few rounds of sliding, upon which they decided to be each other’s company for the trip.

“We never know who we’ll meet at this festival. Not only have we established a new friendship, being food lovers as well, we are very much looking forward to the Guinness X Meatopia Festival in Dublin!” da Silva said.

There were many other opportunities for festival-goers to win prizes on the spot, including custom Guinness tattoos from Electric Dreams, Beard On grooming products and leather key chains by Attached Leather Co.

With the party in full swing, revellers also stepped up to prove who had the best “Guinness-tache” – the creamy Guinness stout foam which covers the upper lip when taking a deep drink.

As the evening went on, the crowd joined in on the largest slلinte in Malaysia alongside a parade of Irish dancers, performers and stilt walkers.

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