National Festival of Breads

Entries are no longer being accepted for the 2015 National Festival of Breads baking contest.

Event will be held on June 13, 2015, in Manhattan, Kansas

The National Festival of Breads is a bread baking contest which encourages those who like to bake to develop their skills.

Kansas Wheat, with assistance from the Home Baking Association and other contributors, would like to recognize wheat farmers, millers, and ingredient companies and honor amateur home bakers during wheat harvest in June 2015 by hosting the National Festival of Breads baking contest in Manhattan, Kansas. 

The Contest emphasizes the role that bread plays in a healthy and active lifestyle. The kernel of wheat is a storehouse of nutrients essential to the human diet, and a complex carbohydrate that provides a source of time-released energy. In addition, bread provides dietary fiber, protein, fat, iron, zinc and B vitamins in our diets. The B vitamin folic acid has been shown to prevent birth defects and may help reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers. In addition to the nutritional benefits, baking bread from scratch is an achievable and rewarding experience for the baker.

Recent news

  • Pudding It All Together

    May 29, 2015

    Meet Jane Fry and her Chocolate Swirl Loaves It has always been a goal for Jane Fry, National Festival of Breads finalist from Elk Falls, Kansas, to be a qualifier for the contest. For many years...

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  • Mixing Flavors and Family

    May 21, 2015

    Meet Felice Bogus and her Chickpea-Stuffed Aleppo Flatbreads Felice Bogus from Raleigh, North Carolina, combined years of baking flat breads with her daughter and husband and inspiration from...

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  • Justifying a Twist on a Family Favorite

    May 15, 2015

    Meet Amy Meiers and Her Rosemary Cardamom Twisters Her mother may not have been a baker, but her favorite baked treats inspired Amy Meiers’ entry into the National Festival of Breads. After a breast...

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  • In a flurry of curry

    May 8, 2015

    Meet Merry Graham and her Curry and Chia Onion Buns While competing in the sandwich category of the Las Vegas World Food Championships in 2014, Merry Graham, from Newhall, California, happened upon...

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  • Grandma's tip - Sneak in a carrot for added nutrition

    May 1, 2015

    Meet Patrice Hurd and her Peppered Parmesan Veggie Bread For Patrice Hurd from Bemidji, Minnesota, baking is more than a hobby, it's a passion stemmed from family tradition. That generations-long...

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  • Grocery Store Cashier with a Food Contest Hobby

    April 17, 2015

    Meet Ronna Farley and Her Crunchy-Topped Coconut Almond Bread The checkout aisle is an inspiration for Ronna Farley, National Festival of Bread finalist from Rockville, Maryland. Ronna has worked...

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  • Putting her heart in a bread basket

    April 10, 2015

    Food as Love “Few of us think of food only in times of celebration. We also think of it in times of sadness and need. Cooking for others is a way to extend your heart.” Chef Art Smith, borrowed...

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  • National Festival of Breads announces 2015 finalists

    March 9, 2015

      MANHATTAN, Kan. – After months of analyzing recipes, mixing, kneading, baking and tasting, a panel of judges has selected the recipes that will be represented in the fourth National Festival...

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  • Red Star Yeast Joins National Festival of Breads

    March 3, 2015

    Yeast may be microscopic in size, but this living organism is an essential ingredient to helping bread loaves rise. According to Red Star Yeast’s website: “The biochemical process of fermentation...

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  • King Arthur Flour and Kansas farmers partner for the National Festival of Breads

    January 14, 2015

    Even the best recipe and baking technique could not win without the use of superior ingredients, including flour. And flour companies know that to produce the best performing flour, they need a...

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