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All Fried Up: Celebrate National French Fry Day on the Basque Block

Lex Nelson Jul 11, 2018 4:01 AM
Last year for National French Fry Day—which falls on July 13 each year—Boiseans flocked to Simplot's downtown offices to inhale piles of hot, golden fries from the company's 2,000-pound-capacity frier. This year's celebration will be a little different, sponsored by Lamb Weston (the Simplot event is now part of the Twilight Criterium kickoff) and setting up shop in the Basque Block, but one thing remains the same: The Gem State's favorite snack will be exchanged for a suggested donation to The Idaho Foodbank.

"This year [NFFD] falls on a Friday—it seemed like the perfect opportunity to celebrate our love of fries with the Treasure Valley community," said Lamb Weston communications and external relations spokesperson Shelby Stoolman. "We'll be serving four popular types of fries and asking attendees to vote for their favorite."

Lamb Weston's mobile fry trailers will keep busy from 3-6 p.m., transforming frozen fries into crisp morsels of salty goodness. In addition to voting in the fry contest, guests can take part in a prize giveaway (including potential to score free fries for a year), commemorate the day's greasy fingers in a photo booth and jam out to music from local radio station 102.7 KZMG.

With all proceeds going to the foodbank—which provides five meals to hungry Idahoans for every dollar it collects—there's really no downside to showing up. So grab your wallet, and get ready to celebrate the spud in true Idaho style.