St. Patrick's Day is nearly upon us and along with all the green beer and whiskey, some local spots are celebrating the holiday with some Irish-themed treats.

Bakersfield Pizza Co. & Bar (4105 Ming Ave.) is already offering its special items, which it unveiled last year. The local pizzeria is serving up Irish tots; shepherd's pie bombs, wrapping up the meaty fixings of the classic dish in pizza dough; and bangers and mash tots, featuring English sausage from Wood-Dale Market sauteed with Guinness gravy, caramelized onions, cheese and scallions, laid over tots with mashed potatoes. 

The Crest Bar & Grill (5025 Wible Road) is dishing up a number of specials on March 17 including shepherd's pie, Guinness beef stew, corned beef dinner (served with red potatoes, cabbage and corn on the cob) and the clover combo, offering a "wee bit of everything" listed above along with Irish cake, a pistachio cake with pistachio cinnamon crumble on top. 

Creamistry (3900 California Ave. #200) will have a special from March 16 to 18, offering a 10 percent discount on any mint-flavored treat, including custom ice cream, creations or nitro shakes.

Speaking of sweet treats, McDonald's has brought back its Shamrock Shake. First launched in 1970, the fan-favorite blends vanilla soft serve with mint syrup and topped with delicious whipped topping. It will be available now through March 23 (or until supplies last).

The Kitchen Bakersfield (1317 20th St.) will get a bit more hands-on, teaching attendees a little about traditional Irish cooking in a cooking demo ($35) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17. For those 21 and over, they can also add an Irish drink pairing for $15.

The Padre Hotel (1702 18th St.) will serve food and drink specials all day starting with a breakfast special with corned beef hash; beef shepherd's pie, corned beef dippers, a St. Patrick's burger and thin mint cheesecake in Brimstone Bar; and beef shepherd's pie, St. Patrick's plate and Bailey's trifle in the Belvedere Room. On its Prairie Fire rooftop bar, Blonde Faith will play from 6-10 p.m.

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Food drive fun

The Hen's Roost is doing something different with its Haggin Oaks Market (8800 Ming Ave.) on Sunday. It will host a food drive, tree sale and activities along with the usual assortment of vendors.

The food drive, a collaboration with Apple Core Project and Kaiser Permanente, will benefit the CSUB Food Pantry, which started in September to provide Cal State Bakersfield students, faculty and staff access to food products. Market-goers are asked to bring donations of hygiene products and food items (including peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce and pasta, cereal and instant soup) for donation.

Adding to the fun will be early morning yoga with Samsara Wellness Center from 8 to 9 a.m., a canning demonstration from 10 to 11 a.m., guest speakers on healthy eating talking from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by music by Therese Muller, who will play until the market closes at 2 p.m.

Doucette Farms will sell an assortment of citrus trees for sale and will donate one tree for each sold to the CSUB's Edible Garden. Varieties include seedless and Eureka lemon, Australian finger lime, Cara Cara, mandarin, Valencia and blood oranges.

Additionally, at the end of the day market vendors will donate fresh produce, which will be transferred over to the university on Monday for CSUB's first pop-up fresh produce pantry from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the CSUB student union.

This event came about through a partnership between CSUB, Kaiser Permanente and Apple Core Project, which is the result of their joint participation in the Kern County Food Policy Council.

Cheers to Chili's

Guess who's turning 43 and loving it? Chili's Grill & Bar, which is celebrating its 43rd anniversary on March 13 with discount drinks. On Tuesday, it will sell its popular Presidente margaritas for $3.13. That's quite a deal for the chain's top-tier marg, made with Sauza Conmemorativo tequila, Patron Citronge premium orange liqueur and Presidente brandy. We'll raise a glass to that!

A slice of Pi Day

For the fifth year, Blaze Pizza is celebrating Pi Day (3/14) with a discount deal. On Wednesday, diners can build their own pie for just $3.14, in honor of the mathematical constant of the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

“Pi Day is a great way for us to connect with guests and 'celebrate the circle' with our clean food and fast-fire’d pizzas,” said Jim Mizes, president and CEO, in a news release. “What started as an unconventional pizza party has turned in to a celebration that hundreds of thousands of die-hard fans look forward to every year.”

There are three Blaze locations in town: 3900 California Ave., 3111 Ming Ave #460 (at Valley Plaza Mall) and 310 Coffee Road.

Hot (corn) dog! What a day

Speaking of special days, Wienerschnitzel is ready to celebrate National Corn Dog Day on March 18. For the big day, the chain will sell five corn dogs for $5 all day long. Guests must purchase multiples of five for the sale price and there is no limit on the offer.

“We encourage corn dog lovers everywhere to come hungry and enjoy this one-day deal with us!” said Doug Koegeboehn, chief marketing officer for Wienerschnitzel, in a news release.

New and different

Marie Callender's is serving up its seafood celebration and pie combos, offering a free slice of pie with five different dishes: fresh avocado and shrimp stack appetizer, top sirloin and shrimp, honey ginger glazed salmon, Southern fried sole fillets or shrimp Sorrento pasta, with mushrooms, fresh asparagus and roasted tomatoes in a creamy Alfredo sauce. The chain has also brought back its celebration cake pie, a mashup of white cake layered with vanilla cream and vanilla frosting in a flaky crust, finished with fresh whipped cream, and rainbow sprinkles. ... Cold Stone Creamery is ready for spring with two new flavors: Strawberry Short and Sweet (strawberry shortcake ice cream with strawberries, Nilla Wafers and whipped topping) and Oh My, Lemon Pie! (lemon pie ice cream with Golden Oreos, graham cracker pie crust and whipped topping) ... Del Taco is offering a buy-one-get-one-free jumbo shrimp taco deal if you join its raving fan eclub. The shrimp is also being served in an epic surf and turf burrito, jumbo shrimp burrito and jumbo shrimp taco plato.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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