Chip Festival in Spa City a tasty treat – New York News

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> The common potato chip showed it was anything but ordinary Saturday when it returned in all its glory — and flavors — to the city where it started for the second annual Chip Festival.

PHOTOS: Chip Festival in Saratoga Springs

From the Big Idaho Potato Truck with is 28-foot-long “potato” parked outside the City Center, to the long line of festivalgoers inside that wound around the Wise Snack’s table of treats, the festival was another crunchy success.

For the $5 admission price, adults could take part in the festival, sampling the various delights and casting their votes for which chip was the people’s choice.


Greg Dixon — the co-chair for the event for the Lions Club of Saratoga Springs, which runs the event — said the festival began when club members began brainstorming ideas for a charity event.

“The potato chip was created in Saratoga Springs so we started speaking with people in the potato chip industry about that fact,” he said. “They all knew the story of where it was born and said why not.”

The club runs the event while Wise Snack Foods is its presenting sponsor. Club members volunteer their time, and the proceeds from the tickets go to a variety of initiatives in the Saratoga area.

“A lot of the companies own regional potato chip companies that are not distributed here so it’s a chance to sample a lot of different chips,” Dixon said.

The long flatbed truck parked outside on the street, hauling what appeared to be a huge Idaho potato, set the event’s tone of food and fun.


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