Breaking bread at country show
MORE than 800 entries are expected for 2014 Annual North Coast National Baking Show held at the Italo-Australian Sports and Recreation Club in North Lismore, tomorrow from 8.30am.
The competition, open to all bakers, apprentice bakers and pastry chefs includes categories for show breads, specialty breads, cakes and pastries.
Loaves are assessed similarly to university exams according to strict guidelines, based on their volume and general appearance (35%), aroma (20%), texture (30%), and colour (15%).
As well as the loaves, cakes and pastries are tasted for judging with the presentation of the champions happening at 2pm.
North Coast Baking Industry Association member support officer Scott Cureton was a judge last year and said the overall quality of the entrants were above the standard of other shows he had seen nationally.
Last year's Grand Champion wholemeal condensed loaf was awarded to Wayne Faulkner from Brumby's Bakery in Ballina and runner-up was Allan Johnston from Lismore Central Woolworths.
This year's Baking Show brings with it an extra incentive for bakers with the National Baking Industry Association (N.B.I.A) coming on-board as a major sponsor and linking the North Coast National Baking Show to a larger show circuit competition which culminates in a major prize winner overall.
Judging will be followed by lunch and an awards ceremony.
Entries will then be displayed in the Fine Arts Pavilion during the North Coast National.
Kevin Bowden who has coordinated the event for a few years but is taking a rest this time, answered the all-important question of what happens to everything when the competition is over: "All of the cakes are utilised by the show society in providing meals to the disadvantaged and in the canteen at the members stand.
"As far as the bread goes, all of the winning entries, first second and third are on display in the pavilion and the rest…it's then picked up and taken by the farmers who have the facilities to utilise it for beef and pig feed."