So how, exactly, does one go about establishing a National Potato Day?
It seems to me that you just name a date and declare it so. At least that is what the folks from Keogh’s – who have been growing potatoes in North County Dublin for more than four generations – have done.
They have claimed next Thursday, August 25th, as a new national day of spud celebrations. To mark that day, there’ll be special offers on their potatoes in shops nationwide and, if you are in Dublin, you can join them in Merrion Square for spud-themed family games, competitions and a host of potato goodies. There will, naturally, be plenty of spuds to eat.
Of course, their earnest hope is that everyone, wherever they are, will indulge in a spud or two on the day (and might I modestly suggest that you’ll find plenty of potato recipes on these here pages if you’re stuck for inspiration).
As if all of that wasn’t exciting enough, yours truly has – wait for it – been asked to act as Chief Spud Ambassador, no less, on the day. In spud terms, I think that means that I have truly arrived.
Now, apart from being generally enthusiastic about spuds, I’m not entirely sure what the role entails, but I’ll be dropping along to Merrion Square for an hour or two next Thursday to find out. Meanwhile, you’ll find more information about the day over on Keogh’s facebook page.