08/11/14 9:00am
Tyler Smith, 23, months of Baltimore, Maryland competes in a potato sack race. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Tyler Smith, 23 months of Baltimore, Maryland competes in a potato sack race. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

The spud may no longer be the North Fork’s staple crop, but hundreds of people celebrated taters and all their variations at the inaugural Long Island Potato Festival at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue on Sunday.

“Before there were Idaho potatoes, there was us,” said Cheryl Sidor, whose family owns North Fork Potato Chips, one of the event’s sponsors. “I was delighted with how many people were aware of and remember the Long Island potato.” (more…)