TASMANIA, Gunns Plains, 7th Annual Gunns Plains Potato Festival

EVENT DATE: 3 November 2014

Everything potato !! Potato cooking competitions – sweet, savoury and everything in between – kids potato creations, colouring in, potato races, potato throwing, potato sack races for all ages ; potato bagging, and potato peeling. Fabulous prizes. Judges are World Champion axeman (and conneiseur of fine food) David Foster and our local Mayor. Potato chips, wedges, hash browns, jacket potatoes available for sale, plus a sausage sizzle, and home made local scrumptious slices, scones, cakes etc. Sensational raffle prizes up for grabs, plus great prizes on the Potato Wheel. Added attractions are a display of historical items relating to the humble potato, and local farming, plus for the first time, a Caber Throwing demonstration, where patrons can get a chance to try their luck. Its a great family fun day that doesn’t cost the earth, but is a fundraiser for the hall. How do we make our money ? We sell the food items, flog the raffle tickets, and the Potato Wheel. All of our prizes have been donated by very generous local businesses (mostly small). Everyone welcome to enter the different competitions and to come along and enjoy the day. The first Monday in November is a public Holiday in North Tas, so come along and join us.


Date: Monday November 3rd 2014 (Holiday Monday)
Venue: Gunns Plains Community HallPotato man only
Address: Cnr Gunns Plains Rd & Raymond Rd, Gunns Plains
Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm
Entry: Free


The hall was built in about 1923 and was added to in the 40s or 50s. It is a weatherboard hall with a stage, a store room behind the stage, a main hall and the extension, which is the supper room, plus the toilets and foyer. It was built on land donated by a local, and built by locals. We are a small farming community and the hall hasn’t changed much in all these years. We applied for a grant a couple of years ago and had the interior painted and some of the windows repaired, an extra window put in, and the toilets done up. This really refreshed the look of the hall. Over the years the hall has seen regular dances, weddings, parties and all sorts of functions. Over the past few years we have our annual Potato Festival, and Indoor Woodchop, Trivia Nights, Casserole Nights (where everyone brings a casserole and a sweet and we all share), and our annual Christmas BBQ.