“Spirit of the Spud” Attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for Potatoes Au Gratin on Saturday, September 24th 2011 in Downtown Mount Vernon.
It started with a commitment and desire to bring the community together to celebrate the agriculture and heritage of the Skagit Valley. This is where Karin Springer’s dream began over a year ago today.
So the journey began.
On Saturday, September 24th in downtown Mount Vernon the Guinness Book of World Records attempt of the largest Potato Au Gratin will commence. In a handcrafted pan measuring 80’ long by 8’ wide , teams of volunteers will cook and stir 16,000 pounds of the potato recipe, doubling the current world record.
The Red Potato Growers Association has graciously donated the spuds that will be cooked to perfection by restaurant owner, Karin Springer. The cream and cheese donated by the Dairy Women’s Association will be added to the recipe along with garlic and other ingredients.
In March of 2011, 500 first grade elementary school children in Mount Vernon were given garlic cloves provided by Joe’s Garden to grow over the spring and summer to be harvested in September for the recipe.
Culminating a nine-month series of potato related events, the Spirit of the Spud will make its attempt at the record book during the Mount Vernon Downtown Association’s 5TH Annual Fall Fest. The Guinness World Book of Records Judge will be present to measure and weigh the Potatoes Au Gratin, then the party will commence, with live music, beer garden and of course, Potatoes Au Gratin. There will also be children’s activities, an expanded Farmer’s Market, antique car and truck show, crafts and other food vendors.
Servings of the record-breaking dish will be available for $5.00 per plate. Advance tickets are available at the Mount Vernon Downtown Association office or at Trumpeter Public House.
For More information on Spirit of the Spud contact Karin Springer at 360-588-4515