By Tessa Raebeck
If there’s one thing Long Island’s good at, it’s potatoes. The first annual Long Island Potato Festival, celebrating the skill that creates such beloved gems as potato chips and French fries, kicked off Sunday, August 10, at the Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue.
With contests like The Great Potato Peeling Race and Mashed Potato Sculpting, spud-lovers from across Long Island competed to prove their love for potatoes.
Peeling in Public, a team out of East Patchogue who peeled a whopping 261 ounces, won The Great Potato Peeling Race team trophy. The individual award went to Sinisa Savnik of Mastic, who peeled 97.8 ounces.
The Crazy Fork in Mattituck won the Best Potato Salad professional division with its stuffed potato salad, and Loretta Garland of Sayville took home the home cook division with “Moma Molloys Red Bliss Potato Salad.”
The trophies in Mashed Potato Sculpting in the child, youth and adult divisions went to a mashed potato sunflower, a puppy and a rose, respectively. The fastest adult in the Mashed Potato Eating contest was Matthew Galli of Greenlawn, who devoured the two pounds on his plate in two minutes and 14 seconds.
Clearly a big success, the Long Island Potato Festival is planning on returning next year with more contests and contestants and, you guessed it, potatoes.
Keep your eyes peeled to LIPotatoFest.com for updates.