Friday, October 5 marks National Potato Day and people all over the country are being encouraged to recognise the nutritional value of the potato and experiment with new and exciting recipes from Bord Bia’s potato recipe website Potato.ie
At the first ever Rooster Festival in Teagasc, Oak Park, Co. Carlow, Bord Bia launched a Potato Survival Kit for students. The guide is packed with time-saving tips, nutritional advice, simple potato recipes and handy video links for secondary school and third level students.
Lorcan Bourke, fresh produce and potato manager, Bord Bia said: “The theme for National Potato Day 2018 is ‘Imagine A World Without Potatoes’ tying in with a global campaign, which 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 and we are delighted for the Irish potato industry to be a part of it.”
As part of the annual celebration, a range of events, talks and promotional activity is taking place around the country including:
The Carlow Rooster Festival (October 5-7)
The first ever Carlow Rooster Festival takes 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.
‘Feile an Phráta’ – Dingle Food Festival (October 5-7)
This 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.
Spud Fest, Newbridge House (October 6)
This free, family-fun day is being hosted by local farming businesses, Country Crest and Keoghs Farm, in celebration of Ireland’s staple food.
IFA regional events
The Irish Farmers Association potato growers are also hosting a range of regional events with local schools around the country on October 5.