GROWING community interest group Tamworth Community Together CIC will attempt to set the record for the world’s biggest oatcake in celebration of Staffordshire Day on Tuesday, May 1.
Volunteers will bake the county favourite when the group hosts a community event in the Castle Grounds from 10am to 3pm.
The current known record stands at 24 inches in diameter, with Community Together CIC hoping to create an oatcake of at least 30 inches.
“It’s the third consecutive Staffordshire Day on Tuesday, May 1 when people across the county are encouraged to promote all things Staffordshire and their area,” explained Steve Hodgetts, Community Together CIC director. “The idea is for villages, towns and cities to encourage people to visit other places in Staffordshire and vice-versa, and we’ve been invited to take part.
“The oatcake is a famous Staffordshire bake and we want to make the world’s biggest. A couple in Fenton made an attempt a couple of years ago, but it wasn’t recognised by Guinness World Records. The guidelines say it that for a new campaign to be considered it has to be something people want to repeat.
“We’re hoping to be trailblazers and get Guinness World Records to recognise the ‘world’s biggest oatcake’ as an official Guinness feat. We’re aiming to make an oatcake that’s at least 30inches in diameter, six inches bigger than the Fenton attempt.”
The Staffordshire oatcake is a savoury pancake made with oatmeal, flour and yeast. Its origins date as far back as the Middle Ages. It was popularised during the 18th century when the oatcake was the staple diet of the potteries folks.
As well as the record attempt, Community Together CIC is hosting a range of free fun-filled activities including a ‘make your own’ Staffordshire oatcake, children’s crafts and a Staffordshire quiz. Also on offer, all day will be half-price pottery painting.
After the oatcake has been baked and enough evidence has been gathered to submit the record attempt, the savoury pancake will be cut and enjoyed with afternoon tea.
Community Together CIC’s Guinness World Record attempt will take place on May 1 in the Activity Centre at the former Tamworth Swimming Baths site at 2 River Drive in the Castle Grounds, opposite the Tennis Courts.
For more information about the event, Community Together CIC sessions, workshops and volunteer opportunities, call 01827 59646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.