Published Saturday, 29 June 2013
Visitors young and old attended the festival to learn about the spud. (© UTV)
The humble Comber spud took centre stage for the day in the Co Down village with celebrity chefs cooking up a storm.
Well-known cooks such as Danny Millar, Niall McKenna, Paula McIntyre were on hand demonstrating how to use the famous praties to create dishes such as Comber potato salad and Comber potato, asparagus and clam soup.
In January 2012, the new-season Comber potato earned European protected status, joining the likes of delicacies such as the Lough Neagh Eel, Champagne, Parma Ham and Feta Cheese on the list of unique produce given legal protection against imitation throughout the EU.
No other product can be sold as 'New Season Comber Potatoes' or 'Comber Earlies'.
Richard Orr, one of the event's organisers, said that potatoes have been grown in the area for 400 years, adding that the first literary reference of the spud's presence in Ireland was for Comber.
"This year has been a particularly difficult year what with the very cold March temperatures. We wondered if we would have any Comber Earlies at all.
"But they've pulled through marvellously well and we've had a reasonably good yield."
He said that Saturday's event had been fantastic, with many people attending to see and learn all about the potatoes.
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