While finishing your bread baking this holiday season, consider entering your original yeast bread recipe in the National Festival of Breads. Entries for the baking contest, which is sponsored by Red Star® Yeast, King Arthur® Flour and the Kansas Wheat Commission, are being accepted through January 22, 2019. The competition seeks the best yeast bread recipes from home bakers and food bloggers throughout the United States. The entry period has been extended to give holiday bakers time to perfect their recipes into the New Year.
“The National Festival of Breads builds upon a rich tradition of grassroots support and is the nation’s only amateur yeast bread baking competition,” says Cindy Falk, co-chairperson of the event and nutrition educator for the Kansas Wheat Commission. “This contest is a way for amateur bakers to be recognized for their baking skills and creativity.”
The 2019 contest will have two divisions: home bakers and food bloggers. Individuals who are avid amateur home bread bakers and do not make the major portion of their income by baking bread may enter the Home Baker Division. Individuals who currently maintain an active food blog and include wheat foods and yeast bread recipes as part of their content may enter the Food Blogger Division. Adult bakers, ages 18 and up, can self-identify their division and submit original recipes online at nationalfestivalofbreads.
com. Submissions, which require photos of the entered bread, will only be accepted through the online form.
Judges will evaluate all entries and select eight finalists, four from each division, who will receive airfare and accommodations to participate in the national competition on June 8, 2019, in Manhattan, Kansas. In addition, each finalist will receive a $500 cash award, participate in a wheat harvest tour to a working Kansas wheat farm and flour mill and learn about wheat research at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center.
The National Festival of Breads is held every other year and is open to the public. The ballroom at the Manhattan Convention Center is transformed into eight color-coordinated kitchens, one for each of the finalists. Festival-goers get to watch as each finalist bakes his or her bread throughout the day. The main stage features baking demonstrations by cookbook authors and baking experts. The National Festival of Breads is a fun, educational day for the whole family. It also includes a children’s area, bread samples, food trucks, live music and more.
At the end of the Festival, two Grand Prize Winners will be awarded, one from each division. These Grand Prize winners will receive a trip to attend a baking class of their choice at the King Arthur® Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont or Skagit Valley, Washington State, and a one-year supply of Red Star® Yeast. Complete rules are available at nationalfestivalofbreads.