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I am already well aware that I am a little bonkers, but…if I had ANY doubts about this they were confirmed at an event I exhibited at the Kent County Showground. In my guise as the Potato Queen I selected seven potato varieties readily available in supermarkets, created a ‘game to play’ and waited for the first of 2,800 children to descend into the ‘Touch and Taste Zone. The Living Land event takes the children on a very interactive journey with food, animals, produce etc. They also had the pleasure of the dancing sheep exhibition!

The kids were aged between 7-9 so some of them weren’t yet damaged by grown up indoctrination, which made for some amusing exchanges with these little people throughout the day. Like the lad who shouted out, “I hate potatoes, never eat them!” when I asked him why…? “They smell funny and have a funny texture.” His teacher pointed out to me that he mainly eats CHIPS!

 

The seven varieties of potatoes I took with me were;

  • Albert Bartlett Roosters
  • New Potatoes
  • Baby Potatoes
  • Desiree
  • Anya
  • Baking Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes

I was surprised that so many children actually knew what a sweet potato was and they even told me how they ate them. I guess I was surprised as I thought kids only ate chips!

I shared with them some cheeky potato facts and got them talking to me about the ways they really like to eat potatoes, once I realised they had more imagination that just for chips. What’s lovely about being around children is the innocence of their excitement. Once they started talking they wouldn’t stop, so I pulled my ‘teach face’ and in an instant hands went shooting up in the air desperate for me to ‘pick them!’

My favourite moment was when I showed a group a Desiree potato that looked like a love heart, a really lovely boy came up to me and whispered in my ear…’it also looks like a bottom’!

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