St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser is in the bowl

Vernon Community Arts Centre has bowls a plenty and Irish stew to go in them at Empty Bowl fundraiser.

Buck Striegel trims one of his many empty bowls for the St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

Buck Striegel trims one of his many empty bowls for the St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

Even the bowls will look good enough to eat when the Vernon Community Arts Centre returns with its third annual St. Patrick’s Day Empty Bowl Fundraiser.

On Saturday, March 17, the public can purchase a one-of-a-kind  locally-made bowl at the centre, which will then be filled with homemade Irish stew.

“We have over 280 bowls on display, all handmade by local artists and community members, and in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and colours,” said Amanda Nemeth, administrative assistant at the VCAC.

The bowls are on display now at the centre and at Brenda Hala’s Photography studio on 30th Avenue, however, none of the bowls will available for sale until 11 a.m. on Saturday, added Nemeth.

The accompanying homemade stew is part of the deal,  and includes fresh ingredients and a touch of Guinness stout as an extra ode to the patron saint of Ireland. (A vegan option is also available.)

“Couple that with delicious Cobs buns, Voets Irish Cream coffee, cake, juice, and a little bit of entertainment, and you have a bowl-a-licious, bowl-tastic St. Patrick’s Day event,” said Nemeth.

The public can pick up at bowl for $20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with proceeds going directly to the VCAC.

For more information, visit www.vernonarts.ca, call 542-6243, or visit the centre at 2704A Highway 6 in Polson Park.