Oct 6, World Porridge Making Championships, Carrbridge
Held since 1996 in the village of Carrbridge in Badenoch and Strathspey, the World Porridge Making Championships draw people from around the world dedicated to exploring the possibilities of oats.
Amateur chefs, food bloggers and home cooks will compete for the Golden Spurtle for the best traditional blend of oats, water and salt, while competitors can also battle it out for a speciality trophy in a section celebrating the versatility of porridge with past winners including the makers of sticky toffee porridge, fruity date porridge and pinhead risotto with lemon, thyme and parmesan.
This year, to celebrate VisitScotland’s Year of Young People 2018, there will also be a junior heat.
The day will begin at 10am with a pipe band parade through the village starting at the 18th century packhorse bridge – the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands – that gives the village its name
Once the cooking has finished, guests can sample the entries, with the winner announced at 3.45pm. There will also be whisky tasting hosted by Gordon and Macphail ambassador Martyn O’ Reilly, a local food market hosted by the Inverness Food Assembly and the chance to buy your own hand-turned spurtle, the traditional wooden tool, dating from the 15th century, used to stir porridge, soups, stews and broths.