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Ellen Flahavan (left) and Mary Flahavan stir the porridge pot at Waterford’s Harvest Festival yesterday.

Ellen Flahavan (left) and Mary Flahavan stir the porridge pot at Waterford’s Harvest Festival yesterday.

Ellen Flahavan (left) and Mary Flahavan stir the porridge pot at Waterford’s Harvest Festival yesterday.

NOBODY left Waterford's Harvest Festival celebrations hungry yesterday after organisers succeeded in their bid to cook up the largest-ever bowl of porridge.

The colossal meal, which weighed in at 1,380kg, was enough to feed 5,500 festival-goers at the city's quayside, as well as smashing the world record of 856kg, which was set in Russia last year.

Organisers, who were backed in their quirky record bid by Irish porridge manufacturers Flahavan's, had initially set a target weight of 914kg to coincide with the year the city was founded.

But the huge breakfast, which took six hours to cook up over three giant gas burners, exceeded everyone's expectations.

Photographic and video evidence of the feat will now be sent to Guinness adjudicators, who are expected to confirm the new world record within weeks.

Anne Marie Caulfield, chairwoman of the Harvest Festival, said: "We are delighted with the results. It's a great ending to a wonderful festival."

Irish Independent