Ronna Farley of Rockville, Maryland, is the grand prize winner in the 2017 National Festival of Breads baking competition, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission.
Summer may not be everyone’s favorite season to bake. Statistics say a lot less flour is sold in the hot months. But personally, I know thousands who never miss a baking beat in the heat. They’re the passionate, the competitive, the DIY fresh-is-best bakers and teachers of children, grand children and teens.
A few thousand of these summer bakers gathered at The National Festival of Breads June 17 in Manhattan, KS, our nation’s only amateurs-only bread-baking competition sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission. There they observed eight finalists bake to win.
Ronna Farley of Rockville, Maryland, took the grand prize with her whole grain Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf.
You’ll love the creativity of these home bakers in the hall-of-fame archives from all five National Festivals
Equally avid were the hundreds seated at the baking demos and stopping by our exhibit. Teachers were gathering baking science, math and literacy connections for their agriculture, English, speech, early childhood, culinary, elementary, middle school, family and consumer sciences, foods and nutrition classrooms. Add the volunteer leaders teaching grand children, 4-H, youth library programs and afterschool groups and we should all re-double our efforts to share the wealth baking provides. Thanks is always due to those who teach.
Baking is the perfect way to keep children learning throughout the summer. Explore yeast leavening science and learn the difference between baking powder and baking soda! Choose from history and cultural recipes.
Catch the passion to go from virtual to actual and get the flour, butter, and leavening in the bowl! You can “bake for good,” bake while you camp, take the baking math challenge of measuring and mixing to savor summer success.