This year’s Aldi Brown Bread Baking Competition, with a prize fund of over €7,000 attracted hundreds of entries and the winner will be announced at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.

The National Brown Bread making competition has sparked great interest throughout the country as 421 bakers from every county in Ireland have entered, breads of a seriously high quality, to be named as “The Best Brown Bread Baker” in Ireland at this year’s Ploughing.

The two top from 27 individual county winners will bake at the Ploughing in the semi-finals and final in the Aldi Marquee.

In association with the ICA and the generous sponsorship of Aldi this exciting project is taking shape. The prize pot is huge with €2,000 in Aldi Vouchers going to the overall “breadwinner”. The runner-up will receive €1,000, third €500, 4th €300 and the other 4 semi-finalists €200 all in Aldi Vouchers. All 27 County Winners will receive a €100 voucher which brings the prize fund to a figure of over €7,000.

The competition will take place in front of a live audience and there will be two semi-final heats over Tuesday 23/Wednesday 24 September. The contestants placed first and second in each heat will qualify for the final on Thursday 25th September in the Aldi Tent at the National Ploughing Championships.