A loaf of fresh baked bread brings happiness to even devils ~Finnish Proverb

 

Show the world how much you love Finnish bread, whether you call it nisu or pulla. Become a contestant in the Historical Society of Cheshire County’s Great Finnish Bread Bake-off to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10am-12:00pm.

Coming to the bake-off?

A loaf of fresh baked bread brings happiness to even devils. ~Finnish Proverb

If you haven’t had a slice of Finnish cardamom bread with a cup of coffee, you haven’t lived. The Historical Society of Cheshire County and the Finnish Heritage Society-Sovittaja invite the general public to sample and sip at their Great Finnish Bread Bake-off on Saturday, April 29th from 10am-12pm. With a $5.00 admission, visitors will taste-test six varieties of homemade bread, known as nisu or pulla in Finnish, and vote for their favorite recipe in the categories of amateur and professional. Anyone interested in trying more than six varieties is encouraged to purchase another six tastings for $5.00 more. The People’s Choice award will be announced at 11:30am. Proceeds from this event will be used to support a variety of educational programs at the Historical Society showcasing the mosaic of talents and cultures that make up Cheshire County. The Finnish Heritage Society-Sovittaja of Rutland, MA, will serve a free cup of coffee to visitors, demonstrate bread making, and answer questions. Tickets for this event may be purchased in advance by clicking here. Anyone interested in entering the bake-off as a contestant is asked to contact the Historical Society at 603/352-1895 or email dired@hsccnh.org.

Contestant Information and Registration Form

The Great Finnish Bread Bake-off is hosted by the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, NH, to celebrate the many cultures and talents that make up the region.  This event is co-sponsored by Finnish Heritage Society-Sovittaja of Rutland, MA.

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 10am-12pm

Contestants Arrive: 9:30am

Doors open to public for tastings and voting: 10am

Announcement of Prizes: 11:30am

Place: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

Bakers’ Rules for Entry:

  1. The bakeoff is open to anyone regardless of their ethnic background.
  2. The bake-off is open to both amateurs and professionals and will be judged separately.
  3. Contestants may work individually or as a team.
  4. Deadline to register for the bakeoff is April 23, 2017.  (complete form below.)
  5. Amateur registrations will be entered into a free raffle for a gift package.
  6. Professionals may sell loaves at the event; there is a $10 vendor charge.
  7. The bread baked must be a variation of a Finnish recipe containing yeast and cardamom.
  8. Contestants must bring at minimum bring two baked loaves.

First loaf should be unsliced and will be judged by a panel of judges for Best in Show.

Second loaf should be sliced with a minimum of 15 slices required. This loaf will help you win People’s Choice award.  Having more than one loaf available for samples may increase your odds as more people will be able to taste your bread.

  1. Contestants must arrive at least a half hour prior to the event (9:30 am) to set up at their station. Upon arrival, contestants will be led to a table to set up.  In addition to your bread, feel free to bring small decorations (optional).  Black tablecloths will be provided by the historical society.  Contestants are guaranteed a 3’ wide table space, but may be asked to share a 6’ table with another contestant.
  2. Contestants are encouraged to share recipe cards with the Historical Society and the public. Professional bakers may bring business cards to share.

Best in Show Prize:  Contestants will submit one loaf of bread to the judges (not sliced).  Each contestant will be assigned a number for judging.  Submissions will be judged on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest.  Judges will consider taste and appearance when judging.  A contestant representative will tally the ballots.  The contestant with the highest score will win.

People’s Choice Prize:  Contestants will bake a separate loaf of bread for the public to sample.  Bread will be sliced thin with at least 15 slices per loaf.  The public will have an opportunity to taste six breads for their $5 entry fee and vote for their favorite recipe.

Prizes will be announced at the event; you must be present to win.  Rules are subject to change.

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The Great Finnish Bread Bake-off is hosted by the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, NH, to celebrate the many cultures and talents that make up the region.  This event is co-sponsored by Finnish Heritage Society-Sovittaja of Rutland, MA.

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