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Oatcake Day in Stoke-on-Trent gets celebrity backing
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais lends his enthusiastic support for the humble oatcake

Pancake Day is soon to be forgotten in north Staffordshire as the first ever Oatcake Day takes place on Sunday, 8 August 2010.

Organised by DJ Terry Bossons from Biddulph, he hopes it'll become an annual day of recognition for The Potteries' much-loved signature dish.

Celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and Jamie Cullum have shown their support, along with over 8,000 FaceBook members.

The main event will feature a rock concert at the Sugarmill in Hanley.

Local musical talent

The line-up includes a host of local talent with Sworn to Oath, Friends of Ken, Hello Big World and Round In Circles taking to the stage.

Terry, who's been overwhelmed by the response for an Oatcake Day, will be hosting the proceedings.

The fun will then continue with an aftershow party to be held at Reflex in Hanley.

To find out more information, take a look around the Oatcake Day website

What exactly is an oatcake?

Oatcakes are made from a batter of oatmeal, flour, milk and water and are cooked on a griddle.

Oatcake shop
Oatcakes being produced in the traditional way

Imagine a pancake or French crepe and you're not far off.

It's usually served for breakfast with various fillings such as cheese, bacon, sausage, mushrooms or eggs.

Historically, they were popular with workers in Stoke-on-Trent's booming pottery and mining industry and they've been a staple food around Staffordshire for hundreds of years.

Selected celebrity quotes

The love of oatcakes has spread even to the world of showbiz. Here's what some celebrities had to say about the humble oatcake:

'I didn't know the oatcake was from Stoke'
Rhod Gilbert, comedian

'I had my first one today to see what all the fuss was about and they are nice'
Liam Lawrence - Stoke City football club

'I can't eat them cos I'm wheat intolerant, but my mate loves them'
Kate Nash, singer

'They are alright I suppose'
Sean Lock, comedian

'To me, to you'
The Chuckle Brothers

'I like 'em with bacon & cheese, black pudding, egg, mushroom and tomatoes and a steaming mug of tea!'
Den Siegertsz, BBC Radio Stoke




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