Invercargill library marks St Patrick's Day with Guinness and pavlova
The Invercargill City Library is usually a place of peaceful reading but on Thursday Guinness-spiked mustard was on the menu for St Patrick's Day.
Exotic food day was an idea of the library staff to serve the flavours of India, Mexico, Ireland and others to raise money for the Relay for Life.
Invercargill City Libraries and Archives' community connections coordinator Jay Coote said the library staff wanted a food tasting event so they gave it the go-ahead.
"The Speight's Ale House has kindly prepared it for us."
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By 1.30pm the library foyer was filled with foodies trailing Indian pakoras, Mexican taco cups and pavlova.
Coote hosted the event live on Radio Southland. Music and entertainment was delivered from the station on the day, Coote said.
Invercargill City Libraries and Archives' customers advisor Catherine Wilson was serving Irish corn sliders. Although she was dressed in green she was born and bred in Southland, Wilson said.
"There's corn bread with a coleslaw and a dijon mustard with Guinness in it."
The Guinness mixed with mustard was an Irish recipe, Wilson said.
"We're just dishing it all out which is great for [visitors]. This is the first time the library have done this.
"We're all library staff, we've all just joined in."
The food stalls were set up in the library foyer. Each stall presented facts and information about the nation that invented the dish and recipe.
The exotic food day would hopefully become an annual event, Wilson said.
"We've got this wonderful space. We sometimes use it for carols at Christmas time and people play piano in the foyer."
All food was served for a gold coin donation and all proceeds would go towards the Relay for Life Southland 2016, to be held at Rugby Park this weekend.