Clonmellon was thronged on Sunday 16 August with potato lovers for the first ever Potato Festival - potato crafts, cooking & contests, as well as great music, entertainmnent & kids activities.
Meade Potato Company were happy to sponsor this event, which seeks to celebrate Ireland's love affair with the potato and to commemorate the first place in Ireland where potatoes were planted. Sir Walter Raleigh's ancestors at Killua Castle in Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath erected an obelisk in 1810 to commemorate the first ever potato plantings in Ireland grown by Raleigh there in the late 1500s. Today the country's love of this super healthy staple of the Irish diet continues. Potato peeling contests, spud guessing contests, potato crafts and more kept children and adults alike busy for the day. So stay tuned and we will keep you updated on the activities planned for next year's festival!