MANHATTAN, Kan. – Eight home bakers from across the nation will come to Manhattan June 20-22 to participate in the National Festival of Breads, America’s only amateur bread baking contest. The biennial contest – sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, King Arthur Flour and Fleischmann’s Yeast – celebrates the relationship between producer and consumer and highlights the art of baking bread at home.
The bakers will prepare their original bread recipes in miniature kitchens at the Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center in Manhattan. One contestant will emerge as the 2013 champion and earn a prize package worth nearly $5,000, including cash, an expense-paid trip to King Arthur Flour Baking Center in Norwich, Vermont and a year’s supply of Fleischmann’s Yeast.
Contestants in the 2013 National Festival of Breads include: Judi Berman-Yamada, Portland, Oregon; Elke Roby, Lincoln, Nebraska; Gloria Piantek, West Lafayette, Indiana; Marilyn Blankschien, Clintonville, Wisconsin; Merry Graham, Newhall, California; Rita Lutz, Horseshoe Bay, Texas; Jane Hinrichsen, Cottage Grove, Minnesota and Rosemary Leicht, Bethel, Ohio.
For more information, log onto the Festival’s website, nationalfestivalofbreads.com.