Aberdeenshire welcomes the fourth annual Cullen Skink World Championships - Easirent
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Aberdeenshire welcomes the fourth annual Cullen Skink World Championships

One of the most famous exports from Aberdeenshire comes from the busy village of Cullen. Famous for many things throughout its history, Cullen is best known as the home of Cullen Skink and proud of their roots and heritage, the Cullen Voluntary Tourist Initiative and Cullen Bay Hotel join forces once again this year for the annual Cullen Skink World Championships.

Cullen Skink is a thick and flavourful soup made from smoked haddock and the championships look for the finest locally sourced products combined in perfect harmony in their winners. The event is organised for 22nd November and fans of the traditional Scottish dish who want to see what goes into the perfect recipe can travel up from Aberdeen airport in their Easirent hire car. It’s about 50 miles north but the history of Cullen and the fantastic event takes place from 11am until 3pm and there is also a craft fair between 11am and 4pm so visitors can enjoy a little retail therapy with traditional Scottish crafts and dishes available.

The Cullen Skink World Championships have two categores: Traditional Cullen Skink and Cullen Skink with a Twist. The traditional version will be showing off classic recipes and the use of the traditional smoked haddock alongside the other recipe ingredients whilst the skink with a twist allows for the use of other fish and the chance to show off some exciting and modern updates to the other flavours. The winner of each championship will be announced once the judges have done their tasting and they will keep their title for a whole year, until the next championships in 2016.