BELMAR— After chalking up another successful parade day two weeks ago, Belmar was pleasantly peaceful — relatively speaking — on St. Patrick’s Day.

But it wasn’t lacking in spirit, as businesses in the central shopping district and a handful along Ocean Avenue offered food and drink specials inspired by the celebration of everything Irish.

At Sweet Tease Tea Room, the counter was topped with a basket of Irish soda breads — in the shape of shamrocks — muffins and all sorts of colorful treats. In fact, owner Kate Walters is featured during this weekend on an NJTV segment featuring how to make soda bread (see below). The video also includes coverage of the borough's Irish Soda Bread Throwdown, held at the Belmar Community Center on March 2.

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Recently opened Main Street Donuts had its special foursome of St. Patrick Day-decorated donuts, along with its assortment of handcrafted artisan creations.

After selling dozens of green bagels at the recent St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 4, Belmar Bagels owner Don Weston once again had them warm and ready at his Belmar Plaza store.

Beach Haus Brewery was gearing up for a busy St. Paddy’s afternoon and evening, with a full display of its Parade Day Coffee Stout, made with coffee from Turnstile Coffee in Belmar.

Along the brisk and breezy beachfront, corned beef and cabbage platters and sandwiches warmed up the day at Jimmy’s Place.

Time would tell whether Belmar would stay tranquil and calm as the day turned into dusk, and dusk into prime party time for Belmar and neighboring Lake Como, where there are eight bars and five liquor stores squeezed into 1.3 square miles.

Below is the NJTV episode of Belmar's Irish Soda Bread Throwdown.


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