Do you make the best brown bread in the country?

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    Samara Armstrong Aldi ICA NPA brown bread championship Easy Food

    Have you perfected your brown bread skills during lockdown, or do you know someone who has? If the answer is yes, then here’s the competition for you!

    Aldi will once again sponsor The National Brown Bread Baking Competition, in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA).

    Due to the current government restrictions and the absence of this year’s National Ploughing Competition, entering the competition will be somewhat different. Whilst still open to all members of the public, all entrants will be asked to drop their freshly baked bread to one of the following Aldi stores on the prescribed date:

    Wednesday 26th August 10.30am-1pm

    Aldi Head Office Naas, Newbridge Road, Naas, Co.Kildare W91 VE40.
    Aldi Swords, 10 Seatown Rd, Townparks, Swords, Co. Dublin K67 V2N7.
    Aldi Athlone, Golden Island, Ankers Bower, Athlone, Co. Westmeath N37 FC04.

    Wednesday 2nd September 10.30am-1pm

    Aldi Macroom, Oakwood, Sleveen East, Macroom, Co. Cork P12 ER89.
    Aldi, Newcastle West The Square, Gortboy, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick V42 KD35.
    Aldi, Main Street, Gort, Co. Galway H91 PV44.

    Wednesday 9th September 10.30am-1pm

    Aldi New Ross, Marshmeadows, New Ross, Co. Wexford Y34 NP48.
    Aldi Castlebar, Lannagh Rd, Garryduff, Castlebar, Co. Mayo F23 TV29.
    Aldi Cavan, Dublin Rd, Tullymongan Upper, Co. Cavan H91PK29.

    All successful entrants will be contacted on September 11th to attend the finals, due to take place in Dublin on the 14th September with the winners announced on September 17th.

    The winner’s brown bread will also be stocked in all Aldi Stores in Ireland for twelve months and they will receive a minimum prize fund of €15,000.

    Group Buying Director John Curtin said, “At Aldi, we are a proud supporter of Irish suppliers and producers, so we are delighted to sponsor The National Brown Bread Baking Competition again this year and to be able to host the competition during these challenging times.”

    Samara Armstrong Aldi ICA NPA brown bread championship Easy Food
    Previous winner Samara Armstrong. Photo by Clive Wasson.

    NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said, “Given the huge popularity and success of the National Brown Bread Baking competition at The National Ploughing Championships, we are delighted that the competition is going ahead this year, even if it won’t take place in the usual surroundings. We had a record-breaking year in 2019, when the total attendance figures for the National Championships came to 297,000. We hope to welcome everyone back for the World Ploughing Championships in 2021 and expect it to be bigger and better than ever.”

    President of the ICA Josephine Helly said, “Our members are once again delighted to be taking part in the National Brown Bread Baking Competition to find the best brown bread in Ireland. While we can’t have our normal heats at ICA headquarters, there has been huge interest again this year and the winner will be generously rewarded.”

    If you think you have the recipe for success, head to the Aldi website or the ICA website for more information on how to enter, full terms and conditions and competition rules.