Wednesday will be the final day to purchase tickets for A Taste of Ireland, an event that will tour Madison's eateries on Friday night as part of the St. Paddy's Party.

Tickets are $20 for those who wish to sample at five of Madison's participating restaurants or $35 for those who wish to taste at all nine of the participating locations. 

Each restaurant will provide one traditional Irish dish or beverage for the event.  There is potato soup at The Red Pepper Deli, mobreki handcrafted beer at The Pub, shepherd's pie at Franco's, cheese & Guinness fondue at Broadway Hotel & Tavern, Irish coffee at Joeyg's, smoked salmon bisque at Thomas Family Winery, Irish barnburner burger at Hinkle Sandwich Shop, Irish apple cake at Gallery 115 and Guinness at Electric Lady. 

Diners can present their ticket at the restaurants to receive their dish in any order they choose.

The taste will be one of several events Friday as part of St. Paddy's Party, which will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Another highlight of the day will be Irish Road Bowling, which will last from 5 p.m. to dark between Jefferson and West streets.

There also is a Leprechaun dress-up contest. Those interested can stop at the tent between Main Street and the parking lot on Mulberry Street, have a picture taken and register.

A prize will be awarded to the best Leprechaun.

Also in the tent, Madison's Irish heritage will be on display along with Irish dancers and pipers.

Free trolley rides are available throughout the day. 

For more information or to purchase A Taste of Ireland tickets, contact VisitMadison at 800-559-2956.

Tickets are also available at participating restaurants and the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce.

Check Thursday's Madison Courier for a detailed description of all events scheduled for St. Paddy's Party.