Green smoothies fuel St. Paddy’s Day picnic

HALIFAX — Paste a shamrock on a picnic designed to promote good eating. Add sun. And wear a green hat. The resulting dish is a St. Patrick’s Day party that attracted hundreds to the library on Gottingen on Wednesday.

An organizer said the event came together quickly thanks to a few posters and word-of-mouth. “It kind of happened in a whole big smash, but I think it was supposed to,” said Tyler Haut, a dietetic intern at the North End Community Health Centre.

Sylvia Upshaw showed up to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and her birthday too.

A fine spring day helped the turnout.

“There were a lot of people out today because of the weather,” said Haut.

Passersby tucked into free coffee, kabobs and three different soups. One woman who was inside the library was lured out to the party when she smelled the barbecue. Volunteers with the Family SOS Healthy Kidz Program were at another table serving up tasty green-coloured Shamrock Smoothies (the secret: add spinach).

Bethany Moore and her two-year-old son, Malachi, sampled the smoothies. Asked if her son liked the oversized green beret on his head, she smiled and said, “He hasn’t taken it off.”

Bethany Moore and son Malachi wait for a green snack.

1 Response to “Green smoothies fuel St. Paddy’s Day picnic”

  1. 1 Mark March 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Great photos on this website – it makes Halifax look like a real down-to-earth community place.

    I like the attention to detail to for the community events.

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