Trentham celebrates potato heritage with 16th annual Spudfest

The Great Trentham Spudfest (Supplied)

Anne Parisianne

Trentham is gearing up for the 16th Great Trentham Spudfest.

The festival celebrates the potato heritage and community spirit in the region.

Festival coordinator Kye Theobald said this year’s Spudfest promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

“This year we are running across two days and are delighted to say that Spudfest is still a free event thanks to the support of our sponsors and partners,” she said.

“We are also introducing some specially curated events that will require a ticket.

“Celebrating our great potato region across two days is a great opportunity for visitors to stay and plan a full weekend of discovery with friends and family.”

Day one of Spudfest will transform Trentham into a carnival scene, with activities spread across four main precincts and finish with Spudfest Cèilidh at The Factory on Market Street, an evening of Celtic music, food and dancing.

A bus tour led by the Trentham Historical Society will offer insights into the heritage-protected Spud Huts in the area.

Day two includes farms in the region being open for tours.

Visitors can explore local produce on the self-guided Farm Gate Trail, participate in The Great Spud Scavenger Hunt, join a Historical Society Tour, or discover the secrets of the Red Beard Historical Bakery’s 133-year-old Scotch oven and potato bread.

Farmer Luke Wicker will sell his range of potatoes at the festival, with Wicker potatoes having been grown in the area for more than 100 years.

“Spudfest is one of the biggest days of the year around town. So you really have to come along and try our spuds and celebrate our history.”

The festival will take place on May 4 and 5.