Orkney International Science Festival: 1-7 September

We’re delighted to be supporting a number of events which are part of the food and drink programme at the Orkney International Science Festival, taking place in various venues around Orkney from Thursday 1 September to Wednesday 7 September.

Now in its 26th year, the Orkney International Science Festival is one of the oldest science festivals anywhere outside Edinburgh. The programme includes more than 80 events over the course of seven days.

World Porridge Making Champion, Dr Simon Rookyard, will be showing visitors how to make the perfect pot of porridge, while talking to Scottish cookery writer, Liz Ashworth about his work in radio astronomy. The event takes place on Thursday 6 September from 10am to 11.30am at William Shearer’s in Kirkwall.

Simon is also taking part in the Family Day in King Street Halls in Kirkwall on Saturday 3 September, with porridge tastings, and a question and answer session. We’re delighted to be providing sample bags and recipe leaflets for visitors to take home.

Simon will also be appearing at Papdale school, where he will be doing a demonstration, and encouraging pupils to help him devise his recipe for this year’s Speciality Porridge competition, which he will be entering when he defends the World Porridge Making Champion title in Carrbridge in October.

Liz Ashworth has also organised special porridge lunches throughout the festival in St Magnus Cafe in Kirkwall Town Hall.

We’re delighted that our oats will also be used to make face masks and other natural beauty treatments as part of a series of workshops that botanical researcher Anna Canning is running in a number of schools, and during a Honey and Herb workshop during the Family Day.

Visit www.oisf.org for full details.

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