Contestant Info

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019. 1pm-3pm.

Place: Troy Elementary School, 44 School Street, Troy, NH 

Bakers’ Rules for Entry:

  1. The bakeoff is open to anyone regardless of their ethnic background.
  2. The bakeoff is open to both amateurs and professionals.
  3. Contestants may work individually or as a team.
  4. Deadline to register for the bake-off is May 9, 2019.
  5. Professional bakers may choose to sell loaves at the event in lieu of participating in the contest; there is a $15 vendor charge which must be paid in full by May 9, 2019.  Sellers may provide samples of their bread for selling purposes but will not be judged.
  6. The bread baked must be a variation of a Finnish recipe containing yeast and cardamom.
  7. Contestants must bring at minimum bring three baked loaves- one for the judges and two to serve. More than 3 loaves is highly encouraged.  (In 2018, approximately 200 people attended the event.)
  8. Contestants should plan to arrive at 12pm to set up their station and must be ready to serve the public by 12:45pm. Upon arrival, check in at admissions and a volunteer will assist you to your table to set up.  In addition to your bread, feel free to bring small decorations (optional).  White tablecloths will be provided.  Contestants are guaranteed a 3’ wide table space, which means you may be asked to share a 6’ table with another contestant.
  9. Contestants are encouraged to share recipe cards with the Historical Society and the public. Professional bakers may bring business cards to share.


Prize Info

Best in Show Prize:  $50.  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.  The contestant with the highest score will win $50 and a small prize pack.

People’s Choice Prize$50. Contestants will bake 2 (or more) separate loaves of bread for the public to sample.  Bread should be sliced thin with at least 15 slices per loaf.  These loaves will help you win the People’s Choice award as visitors will be sampling and voting for their favorite.  Having more than two loaves available for samples may increase your odds as more people will be able to taste your bread. 

The contestant with the highest number of 1st place votes will win $50 and a small prize pack.  In the case of a tie, the winner is based on the highest number of 2nd place votes.  In the case of a tie (again), the winner is based on the highest number of 3rd place votes.

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

Sponsorship Info

The Great Finnish Bread Bake-off is co-hosted by the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, NH, the Finnish Heritage Society-Sovittaja of Rutland, MA.


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