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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.

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