CHILDREN from Bridgwater are being invited by a restaurant, hotel and pub in the town to enter a potato modelling competition with a dog-theme this and next month (April and May, 2017).
The Bower Inn is asking youngsters to create a ‘best in show’ pooch from a potato during the Easter school holidays to be in with the chance of winning a £25 voucher to spend in its restaurant.
Peter Starling, who runs The Bower Inn at Bridgwater with his wife Candida Leaver, said: “To celebrate the humble spud, its part in our culinary heritage in the UK and its important health qualities, we thought it would be a great idea to ask children to create models out of the vegetable.
“The potatoes should be made into dogs, so we can also help raise awareness of our two chosen charities of the year Dogs 4 Adoption and The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT), and the more creative the better!
“Entrants should use a raw potato of any size and can use any arts and crafts materials to help with their creations too. We are then asking them to ask an adult to take a photo of their potato pooch and send it in to us via email@example.com and we’ll share the pictures of the models only on our social media pages and ask customers to vote for their favourite one. Our judges here will then have the final decision and declare the overall winner.”
Dogs 4 Adoption is a registered charity based at St Giles Kennels in Wrantage, which is owned by the Linnell family. The organisation is responsible for taking and caring for all of the stray dogs from the Taunton Deane and South Somerset areas.
The dogs are brought to them by the dog warden and if they are not reclaimed by their owners within the legal statutory time, Dogs 4 Adoption re-home them.
NAWT is one of the UK’s top animal welfare charities operating five rehoming centres across the South of England.
The National Animal Welfare Trust was founded in 1971 as an independent charity. NAWT acquired Heaven’s Gate Farm near Langport in the early 1990s. NAWT rehomed nearly 1,200 animals last year, mainly cats and dogs, but also rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and field animals.
The deadline for entries is 5pm on Sunday, May 28 and after this date, Peter and the team at The Bower Inn will choose a winner who will receive a £25 voucher. Competition rules and further details can be found at www.thebowerinn.co.uk.
“We serve potatoes in some format with almost every main dish on our menu. Not many people realise that you can get a third of your daily vitamin C from a portion of chips made with fresh potatoes.
“Even a 100g helping of oven chips contains 12mg of vitamin C – double the amount of vitamin C in an apple weighing the same. Vitamin C gives you healthy skin, teeth, hair, muscles and bones. It also helps you to absorb iron, which is used to produce haemoglobin that carries oxygen in the blood.
“Potatoes are also a great source of starch, also known as complex carbohydrates, which is the main source of energy for sports and growth. They provide B vitamins too that help carbohydrates work, providing energy and maintaining a healthy skin and nervous system. So, the potato has many health benefits.”
Candida and Peter took on The Bower Inn in 2010 when it was a rundown and empty country pub.
“We’ve spent the past seven years revamping the inn’s fortunes and creating a highly successful pub, restaurant and boutique hotel with an excellent reputation for ambience, customer service and food.”
All the bedrooms feature vintage furniture and accessories, some dating back to the 1820s, but have all the requirements a modern traveller would expect.
For further details about The Bower Inn, which is on Bower Lane on the outskirts of Bridgwater just off junction 23 of M5, please call 01278 422926 or visit www.thebowerinn.co.uk. The competition rules can be found on the website.