The importance of the humble potato to Irish people is examined in Gliondar on RTÉ One tonight with a visit to ‘The Great Spud-off’ in Co Kerry.
To get an idea of what’s involved in this contest take your ‘Bake-Off’ and ‘Cook-Off’ shows and throw them into a pot, then mash them up with local rivalry, friendly competitiveness between neighbours and parishes and a love of growing your own vegetables outdoors.
The contest see locals on the Dingle Peninsula battle it out to win the title of King of the Spuds. It’s the brain child of Aengus Murphy and the only competition requirement is that you have grown the potato yourself and you are living in one of the eligible areas.
The competition has grown in the last five years and now forms part of a wider Féile an Phráta (Festival of the Potato) which takes place each summer.
Check out a clip below and you can watch Glionar tonight on RTÉ One at 7.30pm.