“The Eye” Debuts at 10th Annual Expo

Thailand’s Ian Kittichai makes Massaman Beef Curry, the winning dish in the 2017 Spud Nation Throwdown.Thailand’s Ian Kittichai makes Massaman Beef Curry, the winning dish in the 2017 Spud Nation Throwdown.

The Potato Expo today announced The Eye, a live streaming network covering activities taking place at Potato Expo 2018. The Eye reporters will cover the excitement from the show floor in addition to in depth interviews at The Eye booth #636. All interviews, as well as highlights from the third annual Spud Nation Throwdown Cook-off and featured sessions in the new Potato Expo Innovation Hub, will live stream throughout the convention on Facebook Live and YouTube.

“The Eye will provide a full 360-degree view of the trade show making it more informative, interesting and fun,” says Jim Tiede, co-chair of Potato Expo 2018.  “It’s truly ‘must-see TV for the potato industry.’”

Celebrating its 10th year, the Potato Expo 2018, is expected to be the largest in its history drawing more than 2,000 attendees and over 180 exhibiting companies. Potato Expo takes place January 10-12, 2018 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

Vote for Sessions

In addition, the Potato Expo also announced that voting for sessions featured at the Potato Expo 2018 Innovation Hub “Main Stage” is now open at www.Potato.Onscore.Net/Vote. Located on the Trade Show floor, the Potato Expo Innovation Hub will be the center of our education programming and will include presentations, panel discussions, research findings, and potatoes as the star of the food world. Members of the Potato Expo community are invited to vote on the topics they find most interesting.  Session options include a variety of educational topics such as production, research, consumer trends, food safety, globalization, food service, labor, and use of marketing and social media to network, increase sales and more.

Voting closes September 27th. After the votes are tallied, the Innovation Hub schedule will be announced October 5, 2017.

Blindfolded Throwdown

In addition, the 2018 Spud Nation Throwdown Cook-off takes on a new twist: 100% impartiality. In its third annual year, test kitchen culinarians from the biggest brands who market potatoes or use potatoes in their ingredients will don their chef hats and head to the stage where they will prepare their most innovative dishes. Hosted by Phil Lempert, the SupermarketGuru, the Spud Nation Throwdown judging panel will taste each chef’s creation blindfolded to offer their objective reviews.  The Throwdown takes place over two days with two finalists competing one-on-one to turn mystery ingredients left for them on the stage into a Spud Nation winning dish.