WATERFORD is to secure its place in the Guinness Book of Records after the world’s biggest bowl of porridge was cooked up on The Quay on Sunday as part of Waterford Harvest Festival.
An enormous 1380kg of Flahavan’s porridge oats was cooked to perfection, smashing the previous record set by the Russians of 865kg. The huge breakfast of porridge exceeded the target set of 914Kg, the year the city of Waterford was founded, with cheers erupting from the crowd when the result of the final weigh-in took place.
The world record attempt for the largest bowl of porridge began at 7am and finished after 1pm, taking approximately six hours to cook. Members of the public watched on throughout the lengthy process, despite heavy down pours, which failed to dampen the spirits of all involved.
During the process a specially–made bowl measuring 1.4metres in height and 1.7metres in diameter was used. In total 150kg of oats were mixed with 1.21 tonnes of water and 30 litres of Snowcream milk.
Flahavans staff and volunteers all took part in the event, donning white coats and giant wooden spoons as they played a part in a piece of the city’s history. Cllr Mary Roche and Manager of the Granville Hotel where the porridge is served up every day for breakfast, acted as tasters on the day and confirmed the porridge was cooked and ready to be weighed.
The world’s largest bowl of porridge produced over 5,500 servings and members of the public enjoyed bowls of the delicious and nutritious oats from the company based in Kilmacthomas.
Commenting on the challenge, Managing Director of the company, John Flahavan said, “We are thrilled that this record success has been brought to Waterford and Ireland for the first time. A great deal of planning and organizing has gone into the event prior to cooking up the porridge. We are very grateful to all customers who came here today to support our record attempt. We also wish to thank all our staff, the Harvest Festival Committee and the Lions Club volunteers for all their help and support today.”
Chairperson of the Harvest Festival in Waterford Anne Marie Caulfield said, “We are delighted with the results of today’s World Record attempt it was a fantastic event to have witnessed and we are looking forward to the verification of the event from Guinness World Records. We are also delighted at the huge number of people who turned out to witness the event, it’s a great ending to a wonderful festival.”
Independent adjudicators William Kee, Quantity Surveyor with Paul Nolan Construction Consultants and Martin Collins, MD of Plantcert. Donal O’Connell, Notary Public from Nolan Farrell & Goff was also in attendance for the full record attempt.