Celebrating the mighty spud
I love that festivals for everything are popping up everywhere in Northern Ireland! And it’s great to see the mighty Comber spud being celebrated now with its own festival.
I’ve grown up with a big connection to the Comber Spud, my grandfather was a market gardener back in the early 60’s and was a regular visitor to those fields under Scrabo Tower right up until the day he passed away under the trees which still stand at the edge of the fields of spuds.
But times have changed a lot since my grandfathers days in the fields in the 60’s. I’m guessing he would be amazed that Comber has a festival to celebrate a potato. In those days the Comber Spud didn’t have EU protected geographical indication status, the same status Champagne has!
The Comber Earlies Food Festival returns on Saturday 17th June for one day only with a packed programme from 10am-4pm.
What can you expect on the day?
A Local Artisan food fair and a Hay Bale picnic and Big Tops filled with music, children’s crafts and cooking demonstrations and activities showcasing all things potato. At the festival kitchen, local and well known chefs will be showcasing their cooking skills live throughout the day.
There will be a tractor display, band performances and world class street theatre including Mr and Mrs Spud and a hilarious comedy chef show, Liver Cottage!
It actually sounds like a good old traditional Village Fete!
Pop along to sample and celebrate the world famous Comber Earlies or some delicious locally produced treats while soaking up the atmosphere.
The Comber Earlies Fringe Festival will run from 9th to 20th June. Delivered by Comber Regeneration Community Partnership, the programme includes lots of activities for all ages including a Barn dance, live music, Festival quiz and lots more!
For further information check www.visitardsandnorthdown.com