The Robertson Potato Festival: Headline acts, famous foodies and potatoes galore!

Popular band Dragon, Julie Goodwin and Emma Watkins take part...
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The Robertson Potato Festival is returning to the vibrant town of Robertson in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, for its third year.

On May 4 and May 5, 2024, between 10 am and 4 pm, the town will be filled with fun, food, and festivities, as well as an incredible music line-up you don’t want to miss!

This year, the township will be rebranding itself to “Robspudson,” in honour of the event.

WATCH NOW: Dragon – Rain (1983). Article continues after video.

What is the Robertson Potato Festival about?

The Robertson Potato Festival is a family-friendly event that celebrates all things potato.

The town, Robertson, is known as the potato growing town… it is located on the edge of an elevated plateau about 35 km from the coast, which results in high annual rainfall and fertile soil, therefore making it famous for its potatoes. 

What’s on at the Robertson Potato Festival?

The Robertson Potato Festival provides an abundance of entertainment, food, fun, and competitions. This year, the star attraction is the internationally acclaimed band, Dragon, who will be performing at the festival on Sunday, May 5. Dragon is a New Zealand rock band from the 70s best known for their hit tracks Rain and April Sun in Cuba.

The event will also welcome Australian cook and author, Julie Goodwin, who won MasterChef back in 2009 and will showcase her culinary expertise at the festival’s cooking stage over both days. 

Another exciting announcement is that former Wiggles member Emma Watkins will be one of the festival’s very special guests, partaking as a judge for the highly anticipated Hessian on the Field Competition!

The competition requires its participants to produce an outfit out of a hessian potato sack… the winner takes home $1,000 cash!

The Hessians on the Field Competition. (Credit: Supplied)

But that’s not all…

Keep scrolling for a broken-down guide to all the exciting aspects of the Robspudson Potato Festival…


Saturday, May 4, at 1 pm: Peter Byrne is bringing his Neil Diamond Forever Diamond tribute show to the Five Barrel Brewing Music Stage.

Sunday, May 5, at 1 pm: Dragon will perform for two hours on the Five Barrel Brewing Music Stage with an unforgettable and nostalgic show. 

Spud-A-Dome 2024

Saturday, May 4:

10:30 am – Peeling Competition

11:30 am – Potato Hole Competition

12 pm: DanceEd

1 pm: Potato Stacking Competition

2 pm: Spud and Spoon Race

Sunday, May 5:

10:30 am – Peeling Competition

11:30 am – Potato Hole Competition

12 pm: DanceEd

1 pm: Potato Stacking Competition

2 pm: Spud and Spoon Race

2:30 pm: Hessians on the Field Parade

Potatoes galore. (Credit: Supplied)

Scarecrow Competition

The Scarecrow competition is sponsored by Bowral Co-op, an agricultural cooperative in Bowral, and is held by the Potato Festival in effort to honour their hardworking agricultural companions. 

Entry is free with any purchase of a General Admission ticket and all you have to do is design your very own scarecrow… The stakes are high with a first prize of $500, a second prize of $150, and a viewer’s choice of $50.

Cooking Stage with Julie Goodwin

On Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, the food personality will showcase her expertise and offer a treat for the tastebuds!

Other Activities

  • Potato Display
  • Festival Mascot, Seb
  • Old Machinery Club
There’s fun for the kids too! (Credit: Supplied)

Tickets start at $10 for children between the ages of 12 and 16. Children under 12 can enter for free!

Tickets start at $25 for adults, or you can purchase a family pass for $50. 

You can purchase your tickets, here.

For more information on this exciting festival, you can visit

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