Cedar Point celebrates spuds

by Susan and Simon Veness

Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio has been serving up fresh-cut fries for more than 75 years. From Sept. 9-11, 2022, the park will celebrate the humble spud with its first-ever “Happy Friar’s Fresh-Cut Fries Fest.”

Cedar Point mt. spudmore
Mt. Spudmore
Photos courtesy of Cedar Point

The name of the celebration is a mouthful, but an even better mouthful are the new varieties of hand-cut fries that will debut during the event weekend, including:

Bento Fries – Surimi (fish-based crab stick), wasabi aioli, yum yum sauce (mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, sugar, paprika), green onions, and black sesame seeds.

cedar point bento fries
Bento Fries

Birria Fries – Shredded beef brisket, chihuahua cheese, birria oil, sliced red Fresno chilies, cilantro, and diced red onion.

cedar point birria fries
Birria Fries

Thai Fries – Peanut sauce, crushed peanuts, sliced red Fresno chilies, cilantro, and lime wedge.

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Thai Fries

French Dip Fries – Philly meat, caramelized onions, beef au jus, shredded mozzarella and provolone cheeses, and bistro sauce.

cedar point french dip fries
French Dip Fries

These new concoctions will only be available during the festival. The park’s current Buffalo Fries, Garlic Parmesan Fries, Original Fries, and Chili & Cheese Fries will also be on offer.

Can’t get enough of that fried potato goodness? Dive into the Mt. Spudmore, a massive pile of potatoes that weighs more than three pounds, and, for the sake of your waistline, should realistically be shared.

Mt. Spudmore features four fresh-cut fries variations: Cajun Fries with cherry pepper and pineapple jam, Garlic Parmesan Fries with lemon aioli, and Dried Mushroom and Truffle Fries with basil pesto, with Cedar Point’s Original Fries topping the whole thing off. The towering assemblage is only available from noon-4 p.m. during the festival.

mt. spudmore
Mt. Spudmore includes four varieties of fries

Drop by the Happy Friar fresh-cut fries stand on Gemini Midway to make your selections, and if you’re there between noon and 4 p.m. you can meet the Happy Friar himself. He’ll be making select live appearances and greeting guests in between his work as chief potato purveyor.

“Happy Friar’s Fresh-Cut Fries Fest” takes place from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 10, and from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sept. 11.

For more information visit cedarpoint.com/events.

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