Humble spud takes pride of place at Trentham festival

Trentham will come alive with food, art, music and entertainment next month – and it’s all thanks to the humble spud.

The annual Great Trentham Spudfest will put the ‘spudlight’ on potatoes on Saturday, May 3, and thousands of people are expected to converge on the town for the occasion.

Great Trentham Spudfest chair Jacinta Carboon said people would never guess that potatoes could be so much fun.

“Over 4000 people attended last year,” she said.

“It’s something very different and unique – it’s a bit quirky.”

Ms Carboon said there would be children’s activities and games, food, beverages, music all day and spuds for sale from local farmers.

She said the event started in 2008 in the International Year of the Potato.

“Trentham is a potato-growing area but there was a lull in the community for a number of years,” Ms Carboon said.

“The festival was started in that year to create some momentum and give the locals something to celebrate and be part of.”

She said alongside traditional activities such as sack races and spud smashing, people could also learn how to create potato art.

“We’ll be creating painting and drawing using potatoes and carvings, and a Monash University lecturer in art is conducting one of those activities,” Ms Carboon said.