Robertson is a potato growing town located in the Southern Highlands of NSW, known as the home of the Big Potato. And this year, it’s also the location of the first ever Robertson Potato Festival, set to be an exciting event filled with old school, potato-themed fun.
Wanting to showcase the talent of Robertson’s local farmers and producers, the festival begins with a growers market. Not only will this highlight the beautiful produce of the region, but with a lineup of experienced growers sharing their tips for the perfect crop, visitors can expect to walk away with some close-kept trade secrets.
But fresh produce isn’t the only food set to be on site. It wouldn’t be a potato festival without some delicious potato snacks, and Robertson is definitely going to deliver. They’re featuring a selection of vendors selling delicious potato-based food dishes from around the world, as well as cooking demonstrations from celebrity chef Ed Halmagyi. Budding foodies will be in paradise, with many different options to explore.
For those wanting to get creative, the community stage offers the chance to showcase your hidden talents. With a weekend-long open mic event, people of all ages will be able to present a song, poetry reading, or potato juggling – all skills are welcome. And, if you’d rather listen than perform, a stellar line up of live music will keep you grooving long into the afternoon. Great Australian artists such as Rusted Track and the Shane Pacey Trio will be making an appearance to serenade visitors as they engage with everything from culture to culinary delights.
Of course, no festival would be complete without some healthy competition, and the Robertson Potato Festival is no exception. The Singer Hessians on the Field competition features a lineup of potato sack fashion, with the best design winning a Singer sewing machine, and other cash prizes worth $1000 to be rewarded for other unique outfits. The main goal, however, is to be crowned the 2022 SpudFest Champion, or “cream of the crop”, by competing in a variety of show ground games. Compete in spud ‘n’ spoon and potato sack races, as well as mash eating competitions, to gain as many points as possible and claim this coveted title.
The Robertson Potato Festival is being held from 30 April – 1 May. With no shortage of things to explore and enjoy, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
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