World Porridge Day

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World Porridge Day is an international event related to porridge. The event is organized to raise funds for the charity Mary's Meals, based in Argyll, Scotland, and to raise awareness about its efforts to aid starving children in developing countries, particular those in Africa stricken by drought. The organization "feeds the nutrient-rich maize-based porridge Likuni Phala to about 320,000 children in Malawi each year."[1] The 2009 celebration included gatherings in the U.S., France, Malawi, Bosnia and Sweden.[1]

World Porridge Making Championship[edit]

The World Porridge Making Championship has been operating since September 1994,.[2]

The main prize awarded at the competition is the title of 'World Porridge Making Champion' which is accompanied by the coveted 'Golden Spurtle' trophy.

The competition takes place at Carrbridge in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, and attracts competitors from around the globe.


The 2009 celebration was won by Mathew Cox from Milwaukie, Oregon.[3] The first ever English winner at the Golden Spurtle was Anna Louise Batchelor, an environmental researcher from Reading, Berkshire, who won the Specialty Award.[3][4] Also known as Porridge Lady [5]) Anna Louise runs a Porridge blog.


2010 World Porridge Champion is Neal Robertson, owner of the Tannochbrae Tearoom, Auchtermuchty and inventor of "The Spon" - an innovative cooking utensil.


The 2011 World Porridge Champion is John Boa from Edinburgh.[6] with 2010 Champion, Neal Robertson, winning the Speciality prize.


In the 19th annual championship, the winner was an Englishman, Benedict Horsbrugh.[7] with Californian Laurie Figone winning the Speciality Trophy, and 2011 Champion, John Boa, winning the People's Choice Award.


The 20th annual championship was won by Scotsman John Boa from Edinburgh who previously won in 2011 and then took the "People's Choice" award in 2012. Nick Barnard won the speciality trophy with his 'Fruity Date Porridge'


The 21st annual championship was won by Dr Izhar Khan,a NHS Aberdeen Renal Consultant.[8]


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