Down to the Wire: Only 3 Days Left to Enter Spar for the Spurtle

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle, Recipes

The almost two months that we’ve had this competition running have flown by and the doors close on Spar for the Spurtle this Sunday night (7/22). That means you still have time to think of an idea and film your 3 minute-or-less video this weekend. I’ve been asking folks around the mill what they would enter if they could and many of us truly don’t know. It’s no easy task to come up with one of these ideas, so we’ve made a great little inspiration board on Pinterest to spark your creativity. In the meantime, entries are rolling in and here are some of my favorites from the last couple of days. As another reminder, I have no say in who gets to come to Portland.

Summer Savory Porridge from Anne of Apron Strings- this one has cheddar, chives, tomatoes AND bacon!

Creamy Eggnog Oatmeal from Jonathan (I love his enthusiasm!)

Finally, this video deserves some serious props. I don’t know who entered it, but they really went above and beyond on the video portion (plus, I happen to fancy rum balls).

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8 Responses to “Down to the Wire: Only 3 Days Left to Enter Spar for the Spurtle”

  1. I was just wondering, upon reviewing many of the Spar for the Spurtle submissions, if any of the recipes that require MORE than 30 minutes to make will be disqualified from the competition. As I understand it, the rules say that from start to finish the dish must be ready in 30 minutes. For example, many dishes have pre-made sauces or clearly require more time to finish and serve than is allowed.

    Are these videos reviewed before they are posted for this kind of thing?

    • Hi Anna,

      The rules require the oats to cook in under 30 minutes, but much can be done before hand. We are basing the submission rules on what is allowed at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship, where they will ultimately compete. A lot of prep work can be done ahead of time and oats can be soaked, but not cooked, ahead of time. We are reviewing dishes before publishing the videos and only a couple have been outside of what will be allowed. Those contestants have been notified and asked to submit something different. As you may have noticed, one uses an oven, which is prohibited and she submitted a new video. Overall, the entire dish does not need to be completed in 30 minutes or less ala Rachel Ray, but the cooking portion of the oats and the assembly of the dish needs to happen in less than 30 minutes. Any that don’t meet that will not be considered by the judges of Spar for the Spurtle. Hope that helps clear things up.

  2. Thanks Anna! I have some similar concerns. A lot of these recipes seem like they will take more than 30 minutes.

    I have also noticed a couple of other ethical dilemas with this contest. Some videos are being promoted by this blog – it seems like that is unfair to all the participants who took the time to enter what they thought was an unbiased contest.

    Many of the videos are also longer than 3 minutes, which in the rules it explicitly says the videos should be 3 minutes or less.

    In addition, in most of these videos, the oatmeal is not an essential ingredient, which begs the question why even have the contest?

    I don’t understand the point of hosting a contest if the rules either change mid-contest or are not enforced. Come on Bob’s Red Mill!

    • None of the videos will be considered that are over 3 minutes. The rules have not changed mid-game except to extend the deadline. What is promoted here has no bearing on who will win, as I’ve said in my posts. These are simply some that I thought were fun. I can honestly promise you that recipes where oats are not the main component will not be winning. The number of votes a video has is not the way the winners will be chosen.

  3. Thank you for the clarification Cassidy! One more thing, in your response to Anna you say:

    Hi Anna, The rules require the oats to cook in under 30 minutes, but much can be done before hand. We are basing the submission rules on what is allowed at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship, where they will ultimately compete. A lot of prep work can be done ahead of time and oats can be soaked, but not cooked, ahead of time.

    However the official rules state that the entire dish needs to be complete in in 30 minutes:

    Dishes can be sweet or savory – they just need to be cooked on the stovetop using only two burners and able to be created from start to finish within 30 minutes. Oats may be soaked or toasted prior to the start of the 30 minutes, but they cannot be cooked in any way.

    Could you clarify that?

    Thank you!

    • The dish does need to be completed in 30 minutes or less, but prep work can be done ahead. I’ve gotten many questions about this and have responded in the same manner. As with the Golden Spurtle, sauces, toppings, chopping, basically all prep work can be done ahead. I’m sorry if the rules seem vague on this point.

  4. Cassidy can a video be re-submitted? example the video is 1 second over 3 min, either by publishing settings or different time showing on youtube?

  5. Good morning, Cassidy! It is so exciting to now await the announcement of who the lucky three flying to Portland will be. I enjoy watching the videos and clicking “LIKE” for my many of fellow competitors. Each one of us is so excited and hopeful to be one of the chosen! It has also been fun to see you highlight some of the videos that come in (I know how excited the people being highlighted would be, and with all of the energy and time it takes to create a recipe, the taste testing, then figure out how to present it on camera, and figure out how to set that camera to video)! I am not sure what Alexandra meant by videos being promoted (I didn’t see anyone advertising something in their video, maybe you took anything unethical down?).

    It was great to learn that for those people whose recipe didn’t match the criteria, that you contacted them and asked them to resubmit. It was just so sad to see someone create a recipe that had to go in the oven, for example. All I could think is that I hoped that somehow they would be notified and given an opportunity to do a different recipe.

    I am imagining that some time this week there will be a meeting at Bob’s Red Mill to determine your top three very favorite recipes. Since all of us contestants are so excited to hear if we each might be one of the lucky ones, could you do that today, please? :-)

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