Samara Ward from Iver, Co. Donegal, was the 2019 Winner of the National Brown Bread Baking Competition. Samara’s Brown Bread is now on sale in Aldi Stores Nationwide. Could you be the 2020 National Brown Bread Winner?
Aldi Ireland, alongside the Irish Country Women’s Association and the National Ploughing Association are delighted to announce the return of the 2020 National Brown Bread Competition. For the third year, there will be two entry paths to the competition. Aldi will hold a competition open to the general public and the ICA will hold a competition for ICA members only. Entrants may only enter once. Entry to the competition is free.
Format of the Competition:
ICA Entries: The first stage of the ICA competition will be at Federation level where entrants will submit a pre – baked brown bread for judging. All 27 Federation Heat Winners will compete in the Regional Final, which will be held in an Grianán on Friday June 5th. Federation Heat Winners will be required to submit a pre baked brown bread for judging. 3 Winners at the Regional Final go through to the Semi Finals where they will bake their Brown Bread live at the National Ploughing Championships in Carlow in September. They will be joined by 5 Aldi finalists.
Aldi Entries: The second stage of the competition is entry through the Aldi competition. Entrants will submit a pre – baked brown bread to one of nine chosen locations for judging. The nine Aldi Regional Heats will take place nationwide in late May/ early June 2020. Brown Bread drops will take place in:
WEDNESDAY MAY 20TH 10:30- 13:00 Aldi Head Office, Newbridge Road, Naas, Co.Kildare, W91 VE40. Aldi, 10 Seatown Rd, Townparks, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 V2N7. Aldi Golden Island, Athlone, Co. Dublin, Ireland, N37 FC04.
WEDNESDAY MAY 27TH 10:30- 13:00 Aldi, Oakwood, Sleveen East, Macroom, Co. Cork, P12 ER89. Aldi, The Square, Gortboy, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, V42 KD35. Aldi, Main Street, Gort, Co. Galway, H91 PV44.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 3RD 10:30- 13:00 Aldi, Marshmeadows, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 NP48. Aldi, Lannagh Rd, Garryduff, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 TV29. Aldi, Dublin Rd, Tullymongan Upper, Cavan, Ireland
Each Brown Bread must be labelled with your name, address and contact number. No entries will be taken outside the times and locations specified above. Winning entrants will be contacted by Friday June 12th. Unfortunately, no feedback will be provided to unsuccessful entries. Queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The 5 Regional Finalists go through to the Semi Finals where they will bake their Brown Bread live at the National Ploughing Championships in Carlow in September. They will be joined by 3 ICA finalists.
There will be two Semi Finals on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th of September. The 4 contestants placed first and second in each Semi Final will qualify for the Final on Thursday 17th of September in the Aldi marquee at the National Ploughing Championships 2020. All 8 finalists must be available to be on site for the three days for Ploughing.
Prizes: 1st Place: A prize fund of €20,000 2nd Place: €1,000 Aldi Shopping Vouchers 3rd Place: €500 Aldi Shopping Vouchers 4th Place: €300 Aldi Shopping Vouchers The remaining 4 finalists will receive €200 Aldi Shopping Vouchers. All 27 ICA Federation finalists will receive €100 Aldi Shopping Vouchers. *The Winner’s Brown Bread will also be stocked in all Aldi Stores Nationwide for a minimum of 12 months.
RULES OF THE BROWN BREAD BAKING COMPETITION 2020:
1. Each competitor will produce a home baked brown bread. A 2 lb loaf tin must be used. Ingredients that are allowed are listed below. Competitors must use ingredients purchased from Aldi. Any ingredients not available for purchase in Aldi must be listed and presented in non- branded containers. Competitors may bring their own baking tin should they be successful in the Regional Finals. 2. Competitors must be over the age of 16 years on 1st January 2020 3. Professional chefs are excluded from competing. 4. Competitors please note that at the National Semi Finals and Final, competitors will be obliged to use the ingredients supplied by Aldi on the day. Any ingredients not available in Aldi must be listed and presented in non- branded containers. 5. Each finalist will be required to submit their final recipe before the National Finals to ensure all ingredients can be used by our production bakery of choice.
Competitors must be available on all three dates of the Competition – Sept 15th, 16th and 17th of September. Each Federation Winner will receive a three-day entry pass into the National Ploughing Championship.
Directors, management and employees (and the immediate families of directors, management and employees) of the Promotor or the agencies or companies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter. Previous National Winners are excluded from taking part.
Please Note: The judges decision in all competitions shall be final and binding on all competitors and the fact of entering shall be deemed an acceptance of this rule.
Ingredients Not Allowed:
1. Sesame Seed 2. Nuts (Any type of nuts) 3. Celery 4. Mustard 5. Lupin
Ingredients that are acceptable is as follows:
Flour 1. White Flour 2. Wholemeal Flour 3. Soya Flour 4. Spelt Flour 5. Rice Flour
Seeds 1. Poppy Seeds 2. Linseed (Flaxseed) 3. Sunflower Seed 4. Pumpkin Seeds 5. Chia Seeds
Other 1. Bran 2. Wheat germ 3. Pinhead Oatmeal
4. Jumbo Oat Flakes 30. Cranberries 5. Oat Bran 6. Wheat Flakes 7. Pearl Barley 8. Cracked Wheat 9. Porridge Oats 10. Wheat Fibre 11. Salt 12. Baking Powder 13. Whey Powder 14. Mixed Spice 15. Glucose 16. Brown Sugar 17. White Sugar 18. Cinnamon 19. Rapeseed Oil 20. Buttermilk 21. Black Treacle 22. Honey 23. Cream 24. Butter 25. Eggs 26. Sultanas 27. Apricots 28. Cherries 29. Mixed Peel