Calling all tattie scone makers. Entry forms are now available to register for the World Tattie Scone competition which will run alongside the European Pipe Band Championships to be held in Grant Park, Forres on Saturday 28 June.
The aim is to make a tattie scone using a set recipe and set ingredients plus your own ‘magic’ ingredient with the tastiest and most imaginative scone winning a trophy donated by the host, the Oakwood Cookery School, Elgin and the accolade of Scotland’s Tastiest Tattie Scone Maker 2014.
Last year the winner was retired Forres businessman, Lee Bell with ‘Babe in the Park’ using pancetta. Second was the late Stacey Innes’s ‘Tam of Chanter’ – cheese and garlic and third local Northern Scot reporter, Chris Saunderson’s ‘Red Hot Scot’ - Stornoway black pudding. Moray MP Angus Robertson’s ‘Forres in Blue’ tattie scone using Strathdon Blue cheese was commended.
Entrants must be over 16 and as there is a limit to the number of places available to cook on the day candidates will be chosen from names in a hat and successful candidates will be notified in advance with a given time slot. Whilst it is free to enter the competition, a fee of £5 will be charged for the competitors on the day to cover costs and entrants will need to pay for entry to the Championships. The recipe and ingredients will be provided but contestants are invited to bring their own ‘special ingredient’ – no alcohol ‘though! The winning tattie scone will be judged by Raymond Laidlaw - National Training Manager UK; Penny Rumford - Product Specialist Manager and a representative from Electrolux who are sponsoring the event.
Those wishing to register should download a form from the piping hot Forres website – www.pipinghotforres.com; and send it to Elaine Sutherland on firstname.lastname@example.org by 1200 hrs on Tuesday 17 June 2014.
Elaine Sutherland of the Oakwood cookery school, who is organising the competition said: “This was great fun last year with some weird and wonderful ideas for flavours, I’m hoping this year will be even more successful.”
The event held in June in Grant Park Forres 2013 was the biggest single day ticketed event held in Moray in 2013, the last 25 years and possibly ever. Over 17,000 people watched 120 bands compete to be the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s European Champions in the Park and it was given 9.2 out of a possible 10 for overall enjoyment in an online survey.
Can’t wait until June to hear the best in piping? Saturday 3 May, Aberdeen Music Hall hosts nine times World and current European Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery pipe band who play in concert along with Bucksburn and District Pipe Band.
This year to promote Moray’s food and drink Forres Events Ltd are delighted to have received grant funding from the Community Food Fund, which is financed by the Scottish Government and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Scotland’s National Food and Drink Policy. www.communityfoodfund.co.uk
To help put Moray on the tourist trail, funding has also been secured from EventScotland to increase marketing for the event, in a bid to attract even more people to the event in 2014.
And Piping Hot Forres will also form part of Scotland’s Year of Homecoming 2014 - a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games.
The project is also being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Moray Leader programme.