The competition for the 2011 National Festival of Breads competition is now open.
Amateur bakers, ages 18 and up, from all over the country can submit recipes for yeast breads including ethnic breads, rolls, time-saving and easy breads and whole grain breads.
Recipes can be submitted online by filling out a secure, easy-to-use form at www.NationalFestivalofBreads.com. Entries by mail, fax, e-mail or telephone will not be accepted. Deadline to enter is Feb. 7, 2011.
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, chairperson of the event and nutrition educator for the Kansas Wheat Commission.
The Festival of Breads was established nearly 20 years ago by the WheatHearts, an auxiliary of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and has grown into a national competition. King Arthur Flour and Flesichmann Yeast are now co-sponsors of the event.
"The Festival of Breads started with Kansas wheat producers and has grown to this national event. It is a tribute to wheat farmers, millers, home bakers and ingredient companies," Falk said.
New this year is a category for Best Yeast Bread Shaping or Sculpting. Submissions for this category require the recipe and a digital photo of the bread, both of which may be submitted via the online form.
Judges will vet all entries and select eight finalists, each of whom will receive airfare to and accommodations in Wichita, to participate in national competition events June 23-25, 2011. In addition, each finalist will receive a $500 cash award, participate in a Wheat Harvest Tour to a working Kansas wheat farm, flour mill and grain elevator, and take part in other activities.
The public is invited to watch the finalists bake their recipes on-site in Wichita on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Other National Festival of Bread activities that day include baking workshops, a miniature trade show, bread tasting and door prizes. These events are free of charge to the public.
Meanwhile, judges will evaluate the finalists' yeast bread entries based on taste, originality, ease of preparation, healthfulness and appearance. One Grand Prize Winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a baking class of his or her choice at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vt., a year's supply of Fleischmann's Yeast, plus $2,000 cash.
Additional information, past recipes and a summary of the 2009 contest are available on the official contest website, NationalFestivalofBreads.com.