Festival organisers go nuts for ginger

Redheads have set their sights on smashing a biscuit-baking world record to prove they’re ginger nuts.

Award-winning Hassett’s Bakery in Carrigaline, Co Cork, will fire up their ovens next Tuesday in a bid to break the record for the most amount of cookies baked in one hour.

The stunt is being organised ahead of the Irish Redhead Convention in Crosshaven, which runs from Aug 23 to 25.

And to mark the annual festival of freckles, Michael Hassett and his team have developed a special ginger nut recipe.

They hope to bake 2,000 ginger nut biscuits in an hour early next Tuesday morning and smash the current record of 1,809 cookies set by The Arts and Cookery Bank (Canada) in Ontario, Canada, on Nov 26, 2011.

All of the biscuits will be sold at the redhead convention to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The festival for natural redheads and lovers of all things ginger is now its fourth year and has been deemed a flagship Gathering event.

Devised by natural redheads, brother and sister duo Joleen and Denis Cronin, it has gone from strength to strength and is now a major fundraising event for the cancer charity.

Up to 2,000 redheads are expected in Crosshaven for this year’s event, with people from all over the world signed up to attend.

“We have more people than ever before signing up from overseas,” Joleen said.

“We have natural redheads coming from all over the UK, a few from the US, a few from Belgium and even a few from Portugal.”

They will enjoy a weekend of whacky and fabulous flame-haired-themed events including the most freckles per square inch competition, the crowning of the new redhead king and queen, a parade of natural redheads, and a massive group photoshoot.

To celebrate genetic gingerness, all participants will receive a ‘certificate of genuine foxiness’ which will entitle them to avail of the world’s first ginger discount scheme, with local businesses giving special offers on beauty treatments, reduced accommodation rates, and free entry to the magnificent Camden Fort Meagher.

The convention will also host the world premiere of the true-life documentary Being Ginger by US filmmaker Scott P Harris. The movie takes a comedic look at the life of a male ginger, as Harris desperately tries to find a woman who truly appreciates redhaired men.

Other redhead activities include a ginger chef cook-off, redhead storytelling, and a special performance from redhead musician Kellie Marie, and redhead playwright and performer Susan Boyle in her one woman show, A Wine Goose Chase.

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