Guinness St. Patricks Weekend 2017 biggest ever in Malaysia

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Thousands celebrated all things Irish at Guinness St. Patrick’s Weekend celebrations

Last last weekend was St. Patrick’s and Guinness Malaysia hosted a huge weekend celebration at Publika Mall in Kuala Lumpur from 17 to 19 March — and apparently it was biggest our country has ever seen. My girlfriend and I were there to check it out and have some nice cold Guinness — the Irish beer!

There were live music performances, the Irish jig dance, authentic Irish foods and some games for attendees to win some gifts. The first 100 lucky drinkers enjoyed a free Guinness each day throughout the weekend (should’ve gone there earlier, darn it!). It was so crowded, we couldn’t find a seat, and we were there for hours. We really enjoyed it when the band played covers of classics by legendary Irish rock bands like U2 and The Cranberries. We were totally singing along while it lasted.

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A highlight to the event was the national qualifier for the World Oyster Shucking championship, held every year in Galway, Ireland. Held in conjunction with Southern Rock Seafood, the participants were challenged to open (or ‘shuck’) as many oysters as possible within a certain time frame. The fastest shucker will get the chance to represent Malaysia at the world championships later this year. Oysters, which have a long association with Guinness, and paired together are a traditional Irish treat, were also available at a special price throughout the weekend.

On Sunday, one lucky Grab customer was awarded with an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Dublin, Ireland, courtesy of Guinness. A promotion, which ran from 20th February, saw Grab users rack up points for booking rides after using ‘IRELAND’ as a special promo code. The winner was the person who had taken the most trips and will now be jetting off to Ireland.

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