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Waterford festival to attempt new world record for biggest bowl of porridge

Organisers plan to beat the existing Russian record for the largest bowl of porridge by stretching a massive bowl down Waterford’s quayside during the food festival.

Daisy Dubois (4) enjoying a taste of porridge ahead of the official world record attempt to make the largest bowl of porridge
Daisy Dubois (4) enjoying a taste of porridge ahead of the official world record attempt to make the largest bowl of porridge
Image: Patrick Browne

ORGANISERS OF A Waterford festival will attempt to break the world record for the biggest bowl of porridge ever made.

Organisers of Ireland’s largest food festival ‘Harvest’ in conjunction with Flahavan’s plan to beat the existing Russian record of a 856kg bowl of porridge, set in 2011.

The lunchtime event will see organisers attempt to make a 914kg bowl – a number representing the year that Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, was founded by the Vikings.

A specially-made bowl, measuring 2.2 metres in height and 1.7 metres in diameter, will be heated by three large gas burners on the city’s quayside at 1pm on Sunday 16 September.

“Both the Festival and Flahavan’s are very excited about this ambitious challenge, we are confident that we will be successful and that we will create a new world record. We would like to encourage everyone to come along to the quayside at 1pm on the day and participate in this live record attempt,” said Chairperson of the Harvest Festival, Anne Caulfield.

Commenting on the upcoming challenge, John Flahavan said: “We have been working on the science of the project in detail and we are confident that this attempt will place this world record title firmly in Waterford and with Flahavan’s.”

The Harvest Festival is feast of culinary delights – featuring cookery demonstrations, food tours, foodie films, tastings, workshops and restaurant trails, street parties, a quayside market, a Viking Banquet, and Artisan Beer Fest.

The Harvest Festival will celebrate food and culture in Waterford from September 10 to 16 (for further details see

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