The inaugural ‘world championship’ of scone making is coming to Lochwinnoch on Sunday 18th March 2018.
Twenty-four contestants will have 45 minutes to bake the perfect plain scone – which will then be judged by some of the county’s most eager scone-scoffers, including head adjudicator, author, historian and broadcaster Vanessa Collingridge.
In addition to the prestigious and unique ‘Scone-Noisseur of the world’ title the winner will also scoop a bespoke trophy from world-renowned ceramics professional and Lochwinnoch resident Wendy Kershaw.
The concept is the brainchild of Lochwinnoch Community Councillor David Bain, he said: “Lochwinnoch is a small village in Renfrewshire where we pride ourselves on our culture and heritage.
“A very successful arts and literary festival has been running for several years, and from these and other past events we know that Lochwinnoch has some sensational bakers. Now is the chance for locals, and non-locals alike, to pick up their rolling pins, dust off their flour and compete for the title of Scone-noisseur of the world.
“Scotland already hosts both the unofficial world porridge making championships and the stone-skimming contest. Now, given the mania for bake-off, we want to give a global gloss to Lochwinnoch scones.”
Head judge Vanessa Collingridge, who also lives in Lochwinnoch, is well known on television and radio and has written two biographies, one of the 18th-century explorer James Cook and another on Celtic warrior queen Boudica. But could judging the Scone-noisseur of the world contest be her toughest challenge yet?
She said: “This is a brilliant idea and a great way to put Lochwinnoch on the map. I am hugely looking forward to seeing what scones will be produced in this, the world’s inaugural scone making contest.”
Have you got what it takes to be a baking world beater? Are you a budding scone-noisseur with the skills to match?
The chance to bake could not be easier. Entry costs just £10 and forms are available from [email protected] or at local shops in the village. Those judged second and third will be presented with specially made plates from Wendy Kershaw, and every one of the 24 entrants will receive a special Lochwinnoch tea-towel.
The baking will all take place at Lochwinnoch cake shop, The Cakery No 5, which has generously offered its support, and under the supervision of Lochwinnoch SWI.
Main Photo Credit: Marcin Kolacz