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Special twist for Carrbridge porridge contest

By Gavin Musgrove

There will be a special twist this year in this year's competition for the Golden Spurtle at the World Porridge Making Championships.

The contest at Carrbridge Village Hall is being extended to two days - October 11 and 12.

There will be a ‘Silver Spurtle’ competition on the first day reserved for children aged eight to 16 and Saturday’s ‘Golden Spurtle’ is for adults.

Entries have just opened and close on June 10.

Joint winners last year and both from Sweden were Calle Myrsell and Per Carlsson.
Joint winners last year and both from Sweden were Calle Myrsell and Per Carlsson.

The championships are a celebration of oats and porridge making.

Contestants on both Friday and Saturday will vie to produce the best ‘traditional’ porridge made from oatmeal, water and salt only, and the best ‘speciality’ dish.

The winner of the adult traditional competition receives the Golden Spurtle, with the award of the Silver Spurtle going to the winner of the young person judged to produce the best traditional porridge.

Additional prizes are awarded to the winners of the speciality events.

Recipes for this year’s speciality competition will be closely-guarded secrets before the event.

Spokeswoman Louise Harley said: "The World Porridge Making Championships is a very international event, and this year’s Golden Spurtle will include competitors who are the national winners of porridge making competitions in Germany, Ireland, Russia and Sweden.

"The championships are an excellent example of community-led local economic development. The organising committee is entirely voluntary, made up of Carrbridge residents, and aims to use the championships as a means to promote the village more widely.

"The organising committee is delighted that Hamlyns of Scotland has renewed their headline sponsorship of the event.

"They also welcome the increased commitment of Centurion Plumbing Services (Scotland) Ltd who are sponsoring the Silver Spurtle competition."

Details of how to enter are available at www.goldenspurtle.com

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