September and October are the start of harvest season for Prince Edward Island potatoes, and to celebrate, the P.E.I. Potato Board is involved in a number of festivals and events on the Island.
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Potatoes from Linkletter Farms field in Miscouche.
Potatoes are not only a major cog in the Island's economic engine, but are also a part of the Island's cultural identity.
As part of the 2013 Fall Flavours Festival, P.E.I. potato growers will present Toe Taps & Taters at the Canadian Potato Museum in O’Leary on Friday, Sept. 27. This potato-packed evening of food and entertainment will be hosted by Chef Lynn Crawford of Food Network Canada. Visit the event website (www.peipotato.org/fallflavours/) for more information or to purchase tickets.
Also, P.E.I. Potatoes have a contest to win a prize pack, which includes two tickets to Toe Taps & Taters and a night at the Rodd Mill River Resort. Enter through their site for your chance to win! Follow PEI Potatoes on Facebook (/PEIPotatoes) or on Twitter (@PEIPotatoes) for more chances to win prizes or discover P.E.I. Potato recipes.
The Potato Board is also a sponsor of Farm Day in the City Sunday, Sept. 29, in downtown Charlottetown. The P.E.I. Potato Board will have a display on Queen Street where the public will be able to pick up some recipes for dishes that incorporate Island spuds, learn more about how potatoes are grown, and meet their mascot, Tate.
P.E.I. potato growers also support the Kids Spud Run (www.peimarathon.ca/kids-event) on Oct. 19 at the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Track. Children up to age 14 are invited to participate and admission is free.
P.E.I. potatoes are world renowned for the great taste and quality that comes from growing in our unique red soil. The potato industry in P.E.I. creates a total economic impact of $1.065 billion and directly or indirectly employs over 12 per cent of the Island workforce.
The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is a producer-controlled association dedicated to supporting the highest performance of an economically and environmentally sustainable potato industry.