Every August, Immaculate Conception Church puts on an amazing festival celebrating all things Irish at the parish in Downtown Knoxville. Irish Fest on the Hill has grown each year and the parish community keeps improving the experience. I remember in previous years when they underestimated their need for servings of food and they would run out of ruben sandwiches and shepherd’s pie before dinner time. They even struggled to keep up with an ample supply of beer, the delightful beverage that keeps the whole affair well lubricated. Not so this year.
There was plenty of food and beer right up until dark. A refrigerated truck was on hand keeping the bottled beer and wine cool, as well as a trailer with 4 taps of draft beer. My only complaint is that the crowd favorite Highland Gaelic Ale ran out early. A second or third keg next year, please!
There were so many talented performers throughout the day, including the very talented Knoxville Pipes and Drums (video below) as well as Irish dancers and several other very talented musicians. The event boasted 2 stages and each was hopping all day long, into the evening. Christine twisted balloons for the kids and face painters were also on hand. There was something for everyone of every age. It was a wonderful affair.
Knoxville Pipes & Drums
As the “official photographer” for the event, I captured just over 150 images. I hope you enjoy them and that they will cause you to mark your calendar to be sure you attend next year’s event.