Celebrate the humble spud at Country Crest sports day

Published 20/08/2013 | 05:32

Catherine Fulvio hase developed a number of new recipes to encourage people to celebrate the spud in their cooking.

COUNTRY Crest in Lusk was appropriately chosen as the launch pad for this week's National Potato Day and the local company is planning a huge sports day on Friday to honour the great spud.

Bord Bia, in conjunction with the Irish Potato Federation and the IFA, is delighted to announce that National Potato Day 2013 will take place on Friday, August 23.

Now in its third year, National Potato Day gives this trusted household staple a moment of glory with celebratory events taking place all over the country.

Whether it's boiled, baked, mashed or roasted – the unassuming spud is quietly appreciated the world over.

In fact, Ireland loves potatoes so much that we consumed 175,000 tonnes of them last year – that's 800 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty!

The farm gate value of the potato sector in Ireland was estimated at €122 million for the 2012/2013 season.

To celebrate National Potato Day, Country Crest, based in Lusk, is hosting a potato-themed sports day which will include an attempt to beat the world record for the longest potato-spoon race.

Anyone who wishes to come along can visit the Country Crest Facebook page www.facebook.com/countrycrest for more information.

Celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio has developed a number of new potato recipes to encourage all of us to get cooking. Visit www.potato.ie for these great new recipe ideas, videos, competitions and further details including a list of National Potato Day activities.

Fingal Independent

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