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Long Island Potato Festival Plants Roots On The North Fork

RIVERHEAD, N.Y., June 12, 2014 – The Long Island Potato Festival will be taking place Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Peconic Bay Winery located at 3120 Main Road in Cutchogue from 11am-5pm, rain or shine under tents nestled into the vineyard. Come enjoy a day filled with fun and spuds as we celebrate all things potato from french fries to potato chips, mashed potatoes to potato pancakes, and more – promises to be a great day for the whole family from starch to finish.

The Long Island Potato Festival will host a “Mashed Potato Sculpting” contest, “Best Potato Salad” contest, a highly anticipated “Great Potato Peeling Race”, and a “Mashed Potato Eating” contest for you to fill up on. Demonstrations will include cooking with potatoes and how potato vodka is made. Activities including potato sack races, potato spoon balancing races, and ‘Mr. Potato Head’ decorating (with real potatoes!) are sure to be a hit for children of all ages. Live music will be performed, and local farmers will be bringing out their new and antique farm equipment to ‘touch a truck.’ Food and drinks will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors and food trucks, but make sure to enjoy the free tastings that exhibitors will be offering.

Potatoes have had a long history on Long Island, which is one of the many reasons the festival organizers, Starfish Junction Productions, are producing the Long Island Potato Festival. In the late 1940’s Long Island had approximately 70,000 acres of potatoes grown annually by over 1,000 farmers producing an average of eight tons of potatoes per acre. Today, some of those original potato farming families are still located on the island but only 2,500 acres of potatoes are grow including potatoes produced on Martin Sidor Farms for the famous North Fork Potato Chips company – a Long Island Potato Festival partner.

“By producing the Long Island Potato Festival, we will bring together potato aficionados for their favorite foods, a fun-day, and help raise awareness of Long Island’s potato crop before land development, high production costs and blight significantly decreased potato acreage,” stated Marketing Manager, Kristyn Dolan.

Tickets for the Long Island Potato Festival will be sold for $20 each and include admission to the festival plus access to free programs, contests, activities, live music, and free parking. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free, but should obtain a ticket via the event website. If you are an active duty service member, veteran of the armed forces or involved as a Big Brother or Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, please visit the website for a special ticket offer. A portion of proceeds will go toward the event’s charity partner, the Alzheimer’s Association, as they raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Tickets are available for purchase online at LIPotatoFest.com, and will also be available at the event (if not sold out). Come out and celebrate your roots by partaking in some of ours!

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