World Porridge Day

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2023 Date10 October 2023
2024 Date10 October 2024

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World Porridge Day celebrates the traditional Scottish dish and its nutritional benefits, as well as the importance of porridge in tackling hunger and poverty worldwide. The observance serves as an opportunity to promote the consumption of oats, which are known for their health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, controlling blood sugar levels and promoting a healthy digestive system. The event seeks to draw attention to the work of Mary's Meals – an international charity that provides life-changing meals to children in impoverished communities across the globe.

This annual observance was first established by Mary's Meals in 2009 with the aim of generating support and funds for their school feeding programmes. In the UK, the event resonates with the nation's love for porridge, a staple food in many British households, particularly due to its rich history as a traditional Scottish dish. The UK plays a significant role in the international oats market, with Scotland being one of the largest producers of this wholesome cereal.

In the United Kingdom, World Porridge Day is observed in various ways, ranging from community events to individual actions. These may include charity bake sales, porridge-themed parties, and social media campaigns to raise awareness and funds for the crucial work of Mary's Meals. People are also encouraged to enjoy a steaming bowl of porridge for breakfast, experiment with creative recipes, and share their porridge experiences and appreciation for the dish using the hashtag #WorldPorridgeDay. This annual event takes place on the 10th of October, giving British porridge enthusiasts ample opportunity to celebrate this comforting dish while also supporting a worthy cause.

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  • Eating porridge has been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved digestion, lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease, and better weight management.
  • Porridge is typically made from cereal grains or legumes that are boiled in water or milk until they reach a thick consistency.

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  • Nothing beats classic British porridge as a way to mark World Porridge Day. Made with rolled oats, water (or milk), and a pinch of salt, it can be sweetened with honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup. Add a handful of mixed berries or dried fruit for extra flavor.
  • In Scotland, porridge traditionally is made with stone-ground oats, salt, and water. For World Porridge Day, spice up a bowl with classic Scottish accompaniments like a dram of whisky, some honey, or a sprinkle of heather flower for an authentic Highlands experience.
  • Head to the countryside and visit a working farm, where you can see the process of how oats are grown and harvested.
  • Make a donation to a charity that supports hunger relief or sustainable farming practices on World Porridge Day.
  • Visit the Scottish Porridge Centre in Edinburgh and learn about the history of oatmeal and how to make the perfect bowl of porridge.

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