Celebrity chef Lynn Crawford interacts with emcee Rob Barry during the Fall Flavours’ Toe Taps and Taters event Friday in O’Leary. It was where the king of the Canadian vegetables, the Prince Edward Island Potato was prepared and served in a variety of ways.
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O’LEARY -- In a place where antique farm machinery is usually displayed, close to 320 people sat down in the Canadian Potato Museum Friday night in O’Leary to taste test a variety of dishes featuring the lofty Prince Edward Island Potato.
A cash bar was set up off in a corner, beneath the boom of a potato harvester. Outside of the museum volunteers spent the day roasting a pig for the occasion.
This was one of the signature events of the P.E.I. Fall Flavours Festival, Toe Taps and Taters, all served up by a crew of professional chefs under the guidance of celebrity chef Lynn Crawford. Of course, to satisfy the “toe taps” part of the catchy name for the event, there was music and dance tunes by the Ellis Family Band.
As with many of the Fall Flavours events. Close to 70 per cent of the diners in attendance for the potato event were from off-Island. Among the Islanders in attendance were members of the P.E.I. Potato Board and several growers of the popular vegetable.