Spuds on display during Potato Week


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There are all sorts of ways to prepare potatoes, and many of these will be soon tantalizingly demonstrated by chefs at the many local restaurants that will be taking part in Peak of the Market’s Potato Week.

According to Peak of the Market’s website, Potato Week — which is now in its fifth year — is a celebration of Manitoba potatoes, the growers who produce them and the restaurants that creatively prepare them.

Potato Week is on now and will run until Jan. 29. This year, more than 75 restaurants are being showcased.

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Peak of the Market’s Potato Week 2023 will run until Jan. 29. Pictured: A perogy poutine, which is this year’s entry for the Four Crowns Inn (1030 McPhillips St.).

There’s no fee for restaurants to join Potato Week, and Peak of the Market has once again supplied 100 pounds of complimentary potatoes to participating locations.

“It’s about promoting the most versatile vegetable there is,” Pamela Kolochuk, Peak of the Market’s chief executive officer, said. “At Peak of the Market, potatoes are one of the most popular and well-loved vegetables.”

“Potato Week is about supporting the relationships between the community and Manitoba’s restaurants. Not only does it help drive traffic to these locations, but it also helps them be creative,” Kolochuk, an Island Lakes resident, added.

A glance at Potato Week’s lineup serves up a taste of what delights patrons can expect at participating restaurants. At press time, the first three listings on its website, for example, were Yukon gold potato rosemary pizza at Alena Rustic Italian (3670 Roblin Blvd.), Fancy lox topped latkes at Bernstein’s Deli (1700 Corydon Ave.), and Bindy’s aloo roti at Bindy’s Caribbean Delights (1 Forks Market Rd.).

Several participating eateries are offering up their own take on potato doughnuts, too.

After visiting a participating restaurant, Manitobans are encouraged to vote for their favourite potato dishes.

The winning restaurant will be crowned Potato Week champion, earning bragging rights for the year.

Go online at potatoweek.com for more information.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community Journalist

Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com or call him at 204-697-7111.

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