2020 competition, entry, rules and judging

Because of the current virus situation we have been forced to make some changes to the Golden Spurtle® Contest. Instead of our normal competition we have teamed up with our sponsors, HAMLYNS, to create an on-line SPECIALITY Contest.

For this year only we will have competitors send us a short video of them preparing their speciality recipe. It should be between 3 and 5 minutes long and should show the ingredients and the finished product. Other than that, the format is entirely up to yetyou. Don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned film maker. Mobile phone footage will do just fine. Let your imagination run away with you. The Porridge Committee will look at the entries and put the best of them on the web and Facebook on World Porridge Day (10th October). These contestants will be awarded the title of Virtual Spurtler 2020 and will receive a Hamlyns Perfect Porridge Pack.

See the ‘rules’ section below for more information.

Sadly, the SILVER SPURTLE® competition has been cancelled in its entirety for this year. Junior porridge makers over the age of 16 may enter the on line contest.Thanks to everyone for showing interest.



Within the constraints we have, we are looking for the best speciality porridge made with oatmeal [pinhead, course, medium or fine] which can have other ingredients added. No pre-cooking of any ingredients (other than the soaking of oatmeal) is allowed.

The blending and harmony of the porridge with the other ingredients will be the criterion used. Recipes for the speciality porridge are to be submitted with entry forms by close of entries i.e. 30th June. You can enter here  

Minor changes to the ingredients are allowed if they are notified to the Committee with the finished video, which must be received by 1 August 2020.

The finished video should be between 3 and 5 minutes in length and should be in a standard format. Mobile phone footage is acceptable but make it as good a quality as you can. Deliver your video to [email protected]

There is no entry fee and the makers of the published dishes will be dubbed “VIRTUAL SPURTLER 2020”. They will also be awarded a HAMLYNS PERFECT PORRIDGE PACK.

The best videos will be published together with your photograph and the written recipe.


All videos will be seen by the Porridge Organising Committee and the best of them posted on the Web Sites and Facebook.