Cullahill Fair To Host Inaugural 'PaddyO's Irish Porridge Making Championships’
If you’re passionate about all things oats and think you’re a porridge connoisseur, a new competition to find the country’s best porridge maker could be right up your street. Run in conjunction with PaddyO’s Cereals, the first ever Irish Porridge Making Championships will take place at Cullahill Fair, Co. Laois this summer.
Organisers are looking for competitors from across Ireland to pit their porridge making skills against one another to compete for the title of ‘Irish Porridge Making Champion’. The competition will be held across two categories and the winners of each will go on to represent Ireland at the Annual Golden Spurtle* World Porridge Making Championships in Scotland on 6th October 2018. The winner of the traditional category in Ireland will be presented with The Emerald Spurtle, carved from Laois bog wood by local woodturner, Alan Meredith.
Taking place on Saturday, 21st July, the PaddyO's Irish Porridge Making Championships will consist of two categories: traditional and speciality. The traditional recipe can be made with only three ingredients; oats, salt and water and if you’re not satisfied with using just those ingredients, you can compete in the speciality section which celebrates the versatility of porridge. Speciality recipes can be anything from desserts to risotto – the opportunities are endless.
The judging panel for the oaty Irish cook-off consists of renowned TV Chef Rachel Allen, World Porridge Making Judge, Martyn O'Reilly and founder of PaddyO's Cereals, Paddy O’Connell. Paddy was the first ever Irish person to represent Ireland at the World Porridge Making Championships in Scotland last October – his experience at that event inspired him to set up Ireland’s first ever Irish Porridge Making Championships:
“We’re delighted to be working with the Cullahill Fair to host the first ever PaddyO's Irish Porridge Making Championships this summer. I competed in the World Porridge Making Championships last year and it was great fun but unfortunately, my porridge making skills didn’t set the world on fire! However, I was really inspired by the international event, so that’s why I’ve decided to try and help find a worthy representative from Ireland to head to Scotland this year. I’d encourage anyone who is passionate about porridge or loves getting creative with recipes to get involved by submitting an entry now! You could be the first ever Irish Porridge Making champ!”
In addition to the porridge making competition, the Cullahill Fair will offer a host of family fun with games and activities, local food, hikes, live music, children’s storytelling, tours of Cullahill Castle and much more. While you must be 18 or over to enter the PaddyO's Irish Porridge Making Championships, children can also get involved in the Granola Bar Making competition.
Anyone interested in entering the PaddyO's Irish Porridge Making Championships can apply via www.cullahill.ie. Closing date for applications is 10th June 2018 and the entry fee is €20. The winners of the Irish event will win free flights to Scotland and overnight accommodation in Carrbridge, Scotland for the World Porridge Making Championships and winners must be available to travel to Scotland for the international event.