About a year ago this time I was talking to a friend of mine and asking her the usual, how things were going, etc. Our conversation went something like this:
Me: So, what’s new?
Monique: Oh Gérard came to see me today (her ex) and we were talking about how there are so many festivities honoring music, art, wine, cheese, bread,….. but there’s nothing for the potato. So we decided to start a potato festival.
Me: Wow, that’s great.
Well, a year has gone by and it took time to organize the festivities which includes a cooking contest between a number of top chefs preparing their best potato recipes, tastings, exhibits, conferences, and plenty of other activites. The Potato Festival (Faites de la Pomme de Terre) is taking place from the 21st of September to the 27th in Sens (where Gérard lives) with the hopes of expanding it to Paris and other French cities by next year. If you happen to be in or around the Bourgogne region, be sure to stop by for some of the fun! For more info, click here.
Maya Muses: Sometimes things are so evident that they’re overlooked. The potato is the #1 vegetable eaten in France and who would have thought that until now the potato was completely overlooked by the French! I know in the US, one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of potatoes, you think of French Fries, of course! (No! “Freedom Fries” never did catch on!)
Thanks to Gérard and Monique, the potato has found its place of honor! Stop by the Faites de la Pomme de Terre, you’ll be sure to see some rather inventive ways of preparing this wonderful vegetable (my favorite) to add to your culinary skills!
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