World Porridge Making Championships 2015
It’s hardly a secret that the Scottish take their porridge pretty seriously. It is after all one of our most famous national dishes and one that’s enjoyed all over the world, which is exactly why some of us go to extreme lengths to celebrate the stuff.
But if this is your first time hearing of the existence of the World Porridge Making Championships, a warm welcome from all the team here at Hilton Coylumbridge! If you thought the art of making porridge began and ended with tipping a box into a bowl and slamming it in the microwave with some milk, think again. Each and every year, some of the most porridge-obsessed people on the face of the Earth descend on the pretty Scottish Highland village of Carrbridge for a day packed with tradition, culture and seriously good eats. This year, the 2015 World Porridge Making Championships are set to take place on the 10th of October beginning at 10:00 AM and regardless of your interest in the oaty stuff itself, good times are guaranteed.
Wall to Wall Entertainment
Along with so many masters of porridge slogging it out for glory, the event will be packed with all manner of attractions and entertainment to create a wall to wall celebration of Scottish culture. From live music to crafts stalls to traditional pipe bands, it’s everything you know and love about Scotland along with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
As for the main event itself, you’d be surprised how seriously these guys take things. The rule book alone is very specific to say the least - untreated oatmeal must be used to create the porridge and at least 1.5 pints must be produced to create three portions. They may only use water and salt though the judges will have the option of adding sugar, salt, milk or cream if desired. Each entry will be judged in accordance with appearance, texture and taste and no prior cooking is allowed. In addition, those taking part are required to bring their own porridge pans and equipment – each heat being followed by a 30-minute break to give them time to clean up and prepare for the next round.
Of course if all of this sounds rather bland to you, you might be interested to hear that it isn’t all about plain porridge with no real creativity. Quite to the contrary in fact as each and every year, those taking part in the speciality porridge making contest come up with what can only be described as some of the most weird and wonderful oat-based concoctions you’ll ever hear of.
You might not be into standard porridge, but how about Sticky Toffee Porridge, Pinhead Risotto with Lemon and Thyme and Parmesan, Doctor’s Banana Brûlée Oats, Zesty Pistachio Porridge, Perthshire Pancake Stack with Atholl Brose & Spiced Brambles, Mexican Molé on Oatmeal Pancakes, Whisky, Cinnamon & Apple Porridge, Foraged Fruits of the Forest Porridge or perhaps Orcadian Medieval Gode Spiced Porridge?
You see – there’s far more to that unassuming grey stuff than you realised, right?