A COOKING contest in which entrants compete to be crowned the World Tattie Scone Champion has a new home for 2019.
The World Tattie Scone Contest will this year take place at Taste of Nairn, a new three-day festival taking place in the seaside town between April 12-14.
The World Tattie Scone Championship was launched in 2013 at Piping At Forres and was held there for six years.
However, Forres Events Limited, who organised Piping At Forres, and Oakwood Cookery School, near Elgin, that run the tattie making contest were delighted to offer it to Taste of Nairn in the festival’s debut year.
Elaine Sutherland, owner of the Oakwood Cookery School said she was delighted the competition will return for a seventh year.
She said: “It’s great to be working with the organisers of Taste of Nairn and to ensure the World Tattie Scone Contest lives on for another year. It is synonymous with Piping at Forres, however, it is now an event in its own right, so where better to run it than at a food and drink-related festival.”
The contest will appeal to budding cooks wanting to put their culinary skills to the test and those just looking for a bit of fun.
The aim of the competition is to make a tattie scone using a set recipe with mashed potatoes and flour, plus the contestant’s own magic ingredient which they bring with them.
The most tasty and imaginative scone will be chosen as the winner.
In 2018 the winner was Lara and her four-year-old daughter Arianne whose ingredients of halloumi, aubergine, lemon, and honey with a thyme dressing tickled the judges taste buds.
Elaine said that over the years, she has seen various ‘secret ingredients’ being used and explained what the judges are looking for.
“We have seen anything and everything from people using prawns to raspberries and this year with a new location at a new event, we hope to see even more imaginative ingredients being used.
“It’s great as each year we have people who are seasoned chefs or cooks and those who have barely set foot in the kitchen. That’s what makes the contest so brilliant – you never know who is going to scoop the accolade.
“It might just be that the winning tattie scone is just so innovative, there is no choice but to choose that one, or it may be that it’s a fairly basic recipe, but it’s cooked to perfection.”
Joanna Taylor, a director with Forres Events Limited added: “We are thrilled that this year, as Piping At Forres is not taking place, the World Tattie Scone Contest will be part of this new food and drink festival for Nairn and that we will also be providing one of the trophies. It’s such a lot of fun. There are those who take it very seriously and practise and practise and there are those who just register and have a giggle with it, and ultimately that’s what it’s about.
“It was a great attraction at Piping At Forres and we hope that the people visiting Nairn will enjoy it as much as our attendees have done so.”
Places in the contest are limited and all completed forms will be entered into a draw. Entries must be in by 5pm on April 8 when the draw will take place and the lucky entrants will be informed the following day.
There is no fee to enter the Tattie Scone Championships which is supported by Carr’s Flour and Albert Bartlett potatoes and participants can be aged 13 upwards.
The recipe and principal ingredients are provided but contestants are invited to bring their own ‘special ingredient’ – but they are warned there is to be no alcohol.
The contest will take place on April 13 in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre which will also host an artisan market and food and drink related demonstrations.
There will be four different heats held throughout the day with the winners being chosen by a panel of judges.
Taste of Nairn will see the town come alive between April 12-14 with various events being planned including a food-related film screening in the Little Theatre, a picnic in the park, and a Beer and banter night!
Lee Jack, owner of the Sun Dancer which will host two events including a gin and jazz night took the idea for the Taste of Nairn to Nairn BID and they are now working together with local businesses to make it a success.