Date(s) - 22/03/2014
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
More Varieties and more Fun with Potatoes than you ever thought possible … Come and enjoy a day out at Sonairte’s ‘Potato Day’.
Saturday March 22nd, 11pm – 4pm A FAMILY DAY OUT WITH A DIFFERENCE!
So what is a Potato Day? It is a dedicated day when lovers and growers of the humble spud gather together to look, learn, eat and buy the tubers to plant for the new growing season. Over two hundred varieties are grown in Ireland nowadays and Dave Langford of Co. Mayo has gathered most of them together. The collection is now grown by renowned ex Head Gardener of Lissadell House, Dermot Carey.
Dave and Dermot will bring many of them to Sonairte on Saturday, March 22nd – over a hundred will be on display, and Dave will talk about their history, how to grow them, and the best ways of cooking them, while Dermot will demonstrate Aran style “lazy bed” planting with the help of those who turn up on the day. You can also learn how to plant them on a patio or balcony!
Kaethe Burt O’Shea of Spuds.ie will demonstrate the latest improvement in blight resistant potato breeding which does not involve genetic modification.The Sunflower Café will serve both usual and unusual potato dishes and children can indulge in potato print making, potato sack and spoon races to potato peeling competitions.
And there will be a large selection of varieties of potato to buy, from the most modern to some of the oldest, with white, gold, blue, purple & black skins, and white, yellow, blue & red flesh. There will be heritage varieties from Ireland, Scotland, the UK, France, the USA & Mexico. Most of these potatoes are organic and all are certified disease free. Some of the varieties available are “Colleen, Arran Victory, Bionica, Charlotte, Remarka, Sante, Desiree, Robinta, Sharpes Express, Golden Wonder, Rudolph, Casablanca among others.
Sonairte has records of three very old varieties – Cups, Lumper and Irish Apple – being grown in the townland before the famine, and all three will be on display on the day and will be planted in the garden once again, along with other heritage varieties, as part of a project to bring local vegetables and fruit back to the garden.
Sonairte’s Eco-shop will be open with many new Irish, organic and fair trade products for family and friends.
Interesting facts about potatoes:
· Potatoes contain more potassium than bananas.
· Potatoes are low in fat, low in calories, contain no cholesterol.
· In October 1995 the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space.
· Potatoes are the world’s fourth most important food crop, after maize, wheat and rice.
· China is now the world’s largest potato-producing country and nearly a third of the world’s potatoes are harvested in China and India.
Admission Adults €5, children free, members free