The Thorpdale Potato Festival is a family fun day out to celebrate the humble spud. Potatoes are the world's most versatile vegetable - come learn how they are grown, harvested and thrive in our rich volcanic Gippsland soil.

The return of the festival in 2015, the first after a 15 year hiatus, saw close to 10,000 people flock to the rolling Thorpdale hills to enjoy picking, stacking, eating and learning all about our delicious potatoes. 


Meet the farmers who grow the potatoes, see the spectacle of the pallet throw, the speed of the spud pickers or peruse the 'hessians on the field'.


Full of good old fashioned country show entertainment including working dog trials, a sheep shearing demonstration and free kids activities like jumping castles, petting zoo, bucking bull and stunt motorbikes throughout the day, the Thorpdale Potato Festival is sure to have something for everyone!

Entry Prices - Cash Only

Children under 4: free

Children aged 4-16 years: $10

Adult: $15
Family of 2 adults/up to 4 children: $45



The town of Thorpdale has a proud history in the vegtable industry - the main product though has always been potatoes, grown from the rich red volcanic soil.



Vin Rowe Famous Spud Events


Test your speed and strengh, and discover how you would handle life as a potato picker.

You will be challenged in a series of potato related events, including potato picking, packing and stacking, as well as mash eating and sack races for the kids.

The ultimate prize of the Spudman Challenge is the pinnacle of Thorpdale pride - see if you can take home the accolade!

Locally Grown Produce


There's nothing better then eating fresh, locally grown produce. It's even better when you get it from the farmer who grew it! You will be able to purchase some of our delicious fresh produce on the day to take home and enjoy with your family. There will be cooking demonstrations and tastings throughout the day to inspire you for some 'tato recipes at home. Yum!



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