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Food for thought with World Porridge Making Championship

By Chris Saunderson

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THE 27th annual World Porridge Making Championship will now be held online due to Covid-19.

The event was due to take place at Carrbridge on Saturday, October 10.

Oatmeal porridge with berries.
Oatmeal porridge with berries.

However, the organisers are determined to keep the porridge pot boiling, and will be running an online speciality porridge competition, with the best recipe videos being published on the Golden Spurtle website on World Porridge Day on October 10.

Competitors should submit a video of themselves making their favourite sweet or savoury dish containing oatmeal. Videos should be between 3-5 minutes long and should show the ingredients and the finished product.

Professional cookery videos are not required and good quality mobile phone footage will do. Entries will be judged on the blending and harmony of the porridge with the other ingredients.

Entry forms should be submitted by June 30, and videos should be submitted by August 1.

The organisers will look at all videos and feature their 10 favourite videos and accompanying recipes on the Golden Spurtle website and Facebook page on World Porridge Day.

The 10 ‘Virtual Spurtle’ winners will each receive a Perfect Porridge Pack from the championships’ sponsors, Hamlyns of Scotland.

Charlie Miller from Carrbridge Community Council, which organises the competition, said: “The World Porridge Making Championship is one of the most popular annual foodie events in Scotland, and everyone associated with the event is hugely disappointed that we are unable to go ahead, but the rules around movement, social distancing, crowds and quarantine make it impossible to have a normal competition this year.

"Last year we were delighted to welcome competitors from 11 different countries and we hope that opening it up to a virtual competition this year will mean that we can attract a wider worldwide audience, who might not otherwise have been able to compete.”

Alan Meikle, Managing director of sponsors Hamlyns of Scotland said: “We’re very pleased that the organisers of the World Porridge Making Championship have come up with a creative alternative for this year, and we look forward to seeing lots of interesting recipe videos, hopefully from all over the world.

Anyone interested in entering should visit the World Porridge Making Championship website - goldenspurtle.com - for more information.

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