The home of the Big Potato will once again be the staging ground for the Robertson Potato Festival – an opportunity for spud lovers to celebrate all things potato!
The Roberston Potato Festival takes place over two days from 6-7 May at the Robertson Showground in the heart of the Southern Highlands. The event promises to be bigger and better than last year, with additional entertainment, competitions and food options.
This ‘spud-tacular’ event has a yam-packed schedule featuring the popular ‘Hessians on the Field’ making a return that includes the new ‘Pets on the Field’ category. The fashion show is unlike any other, with contestants displaying clothes made from the humble potato sack, strutting their stuff next to their favourite non-humans in their paw-tato outfit.
Prizes include two Singer sewing machines as well as cash prizes from Hill Family Potatoes and the chance to be dubbed the ‘hottest of hot’ potatoes.
Enjoy live music from 10.30am each day, headlined by Russell Morris and The Radiators, and other leading acts including Finn MacCool, Nick Rheinberger, Ross Webb, Rusted Track and Gretta Ziller.
Learn from the very best local and national chefs with potato-based cooking demonstrations from the likes of Paul West (ABC’s RiverCottage), Stefano Marvello (Italian Cooking Experience), Eilish Maloney (The What If Society) and Matty Roberts (Eschalot Restaurant).
The Spud-a-Dome will be hosting a feast of events and competitions over the weekend including mash eating competitions, peeling, stacking and picking events.
There are also rides available for all the ‘small fries’ as well as free face painting and an animal petting and feeding farmyard. For those wanting a bird’s eye view of the spud-tacular event, scenic helicopter rides will be available, allowing attendees to take in the potato fields and picturesque scenery from above.
“Last year’s event had so many things that didn’t go to plan, namely the weather, but overall it was still a great success. This year we are looking to build on the great foundation we laid last year by introducing new experiences, like the helicopter rides and animal petting farmyard, and expanding the number of competitions, activities, food trucks and entertainment & music options,” says festival organiser Gary Fitz-Roy.
“The nationwide shortage of potatoes recently has highlighted how much we love the humble potato and how it really is a staple in our lives. It really does have the potential to help the local area whilst celebrating a daily food we love and in Robertson’s case, something we are known for.”
Robertson Potato Festival
- When: 6 – 7 May, 2023
- Where: Robertson Showground, 2315 Kangaloon Rd, Robertson (just under 2 hours from
- Find out more: Click here.
- Parking is limited, so there will be a free shuttle bus running from Robertson town loop every 20 minutes. The festival is calling for volunteers to help on the days of the festival. To chip in and get involved, click here.