A number of exciting events are planned around the country to celebrate National Potato Day and encourage Irish people to get involved at home and in their community. These include:
The Carlow Rooster Festival (5th -7th October)
The first ever Carlow Rooster Festival will take place this year to coincide with National Potato Day. This event has been designed to celebrate the Rooster potato and its proud links to Carlow, over the last 40 years, where it was bred by Teagasc in Oak Park Research Centre. The festival begins on National Potato Day with Bord Bia Potato Ambassadors, TV dietician and nutritional expert, Aoife Hearne and Chef Padraig Óg Gallagher from the Boxty House in Temple Bar delivering nutritional talks and cookery demonstration to schools at an event in Oak Park. Local celebrations will continue over the weekend.
‘Feile an Phráta’ – Dingle Food Festival (5th – 7th October)
‘Feile an Phráta’ is an annual festival run by a community group in West Kerry to celebrate the history and heritage of the potato across eight parishes in the Dingle Peninsula. This year the group will celebrate 10 years by hosting a stand at the Dingle Food Festival which will be officially opened on National Potato Day by Bord Bia Potato Ambassador, Chef Padraig Óg Gallagher from the Boxty House in Temple Bar. Padraig Óg will also host a cookery demonstration on the stand on Saturday 6th October at 11am.
Spud Fest, Newbridge House (6th October)
This free, family fun day is being hosted by local farming businesses, Country Crest and Keoghs Farm, in celebration of Ireland’s staple food – the mighty potato! Some of the exciting activities on the day will include potato sack racing, tug-o-war, face painting, bouncy castles, traditional lawn games, vintage tractors, music, cookery demos – as well as getting to see potatoes being baked in a vintage steam engine!
The Irish Farmers Association potato growers are also hosting a range of regional events with local schools to celebrate National Potato Day.
*Imagine A World Without Potatoes Campaign
A global campaign, ‘Imagine a world without potatoes’, was launched by the Peruvian International Centre for Potatoes (CIP) earlier this year and will run until 2020. The initiative calls on consumers to appreciate the role potatoes have worldwide in providing employment, nourishment and food security.
Recipes and Information
With more than 140 potato recipes to choose from, the Potato.ie website is brimming with ideas and offers something for everyone. With breakfast and brunch options such as Mexican Huevos Rancheros and Potato Pancake with Smashed Avocado and Smoked Salmon; lunch dishes like Atlantic Seafood Chowder and Asian spiced Potato Crab Cakes with Rainbow Slaw; and dinner favourites including a Hot Wok Potato and Beef Stir-Fry and Light Massaman Chicken and Potato Curry
For further information on National Potato Day and to access recipes, cookery tips, blogs and videos visit www.potato.ie.