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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:57 pm    Post subject: weird and wonderful vegetable competition Reply with quote

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Hi everybody, looking for a bit of help. Last summer in our local pub, in south wexford, we ran a potato tasting competition which turned out to be the start of something much bigger (a smallholders association and an organic produce shop) all from pubtalk conversation. We had a great nights entertainment judged by a national celebrity who has a penchant for spuds. It all started with so many people growing their own for the first time and "my spuds are better than your spuds" invariably started provoking many a months rivalry and good natured banter. This year we want to make a weekend out of it and want to run competitions for the longest, heaviest, biggest, wierdest etc. etc. covering a variety of vegetables but haven't a clue how to get it off the ground or organise the weekend itself. Please help, any information would be a start, we need to let people know very shortly what the categories would be. The help required is for a format for the day, any rules that should be applied, judging criteria apart from the obvious. An example of a similar day would be great to give us a starting point. And any ideas for entertainment alongside the main show eg a giant stir fry of the produce.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe Trevor Sargent could bring along the huge parsnip he fell on Laughing Laughing

There's quite a bit of info here http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/showingveg/vegetables.html

Best of luck with it, sounds like a ball of fun, just what the country needs Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:26 pm    Post subject: Re: weird and wonderful vegetable competition Reply with quote

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Hi everybody, looking for a bit of help. And any ideas for entertainment alongside the main show eg a giant stir fry of the produce.


Well, you have to have a section for the funniest/ rudest/ wackiest shaped potato. Very Happy Laughing Smile Surprised Cool

AND POST A PICTURE of the first prize here!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks people, great to get a response, i could get used to this, yes that website had two ideas in it, the king and queen competition and the display stand, i'll rope our shop supplier into that! we did indeed have an absolute ball last summer on the night of the potato tasting, never thought something so simple could turn out so hilarious, it was the good natured rivalry that made it so. we got jacksie from killinascully down to judge - a total gent. we are not going all officious on this it is purely a fun day out for people to display their produce and the weirder it is the better, aesthetic displays of perfection are not welcome and serious judging will not be entered into. any more ideas?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Potato painting competition?

http://unusual-things.blogspot.com/2009/05/strange-and-ugly-potato-portraits.html

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Build a food pyramid ........................ with actual food !! Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a pig and have a competition to see how many potatoes he can eat in 60 seconds! Laughing Laughing

Have a vertical potato stacking competition. (Difficult! ) (Perhaps using cocktail sticks. ) Surprised Surprised

Have a potato bowling competition. Smile Smile

Once you get started you can come up with loads of ideas. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to organise a " lovely girls " competition with the winner getting a trip to the " holy stone of clonrickert " and a half used tub of oil of olay Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about geuss the number of potatoes in the bag (clear Plastic)?

Or even more interesting the number of vegtables in the sack (carrots, turnips, onions, potatoes, etc. mixed)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And if you get it wrong you have to hug a furze bush Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a catch the greased pig competition like they have in the hillbilly games. For an Irish twist you could nickname the piglet Bertie. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sb wrote:
you could nickname the piglet Bertie. Very Happy


With a name like that they'd never catch him!!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi, some of those ideas are great, keep them coming, you are all invited. going to make me look good at first think tank brain drain meeting!!! lovely ladies, yes liking it, father ted style, now all i need is a dodgy priest, now where would i get one of them? i call oil of ulay, oil of delay, as some people think it reverses the ageing process. furze bushes? no weedy type infestations around here, good arable well kept land, i hear they export furze out of roscommon as a cash crop grown with european subsidies!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Screw it

Go for GOLD tagwex

Do us all a favour and call RTE / Gerry Daly and get a National Potatoe tasting comprtition going,

I can't take any more reality TV where the dopes do nothing useful.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I am not exactly contributing, but on the premise of a potato tasting competition taking place, under what circumstances or conditions is the judging carried out?

Are potatoes boiled, roasted, mashed, seasoned, buttered? Perhaps creating sub-categories?

Idea Idea - you can have stalls doing potato based recipes - traditional (potato cakes, Shepard's pie, fish pie), continental (patates bravas, frites) and commercial foods (sausages and mash, chips)
Perhaps local schools (mums) or charities (volunteers) would like to partake?

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