The Gardens Group has organised a new event as part of the South Somerset Food Festival. Spud Fest, a celebration of local potatoes, will take place on 4th and 5th October at Brimsmore Gardens, The Apple Tree Farm Shop and The Apple Tree Restaurant, situated at Tintinhull Road, Yeovil.
"Spud Fest will be great fun! Visitors of all ages will be able to learn more about the history of potatoes, how easy they are to grow, how versatile and delicious they are, and how much fun you can have with them if you use your imagination and add a few bits and pieces! Spud Fest is part of the South Somerset Food Festival which is a great celebration of locally produced food, but we also wanted to hold an event to coincide with the International Year of the Potato*," says Adam Wallis, manager of Brimsmore Garden Centre. "For people who want to grow their own potatoes, we'll have a selection of seed potatoes and lots of advice on how to get started in an allotment or veggie patch".
In the Apple Tree Restaurant the menu will include a host of potato inspired dishes from Dauphinoise to Hot Pot and in The Apple Tree Farm Shop there will be lots of local potatoes, including little flavoursome potatoes, wedges and crisps with dips and sauces from local producers.
"There is more to the potato than eating it, so we'll have fun activities for children involving the popular Mr Potato Head game and potato printing. We will be showing how potatoes grow underground with a special see-through growing box and one display will even show the potato's ability to create green energy by powering a clock. Children will also be able to put their gardening skills to the test as we will be encouraging them to plant a potato and take it home to grow into a meal!" explained Cath Perrett, manager of The Apple Tree Farm Shop.