Is your homemade brown bread is the best of the batch?

Maybe it’s time to enter your recipe in the The National Brown Bread Baking Competition.

The event is back in a new form for 2020 due to the absence of this year’s National Ploughing Competition.

Donegal woman Samara Ward from Inver won the top prize last year and enjoyed a slice of success as her award-winning bread became stocked in Aldi stores and she received a percentage of the profits.

Samara Ward

Aldi will once again sponsor The National Brown Bread Baking Competition, in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA). 

This year’s contest is still open to all members of the public, but all entrants will be asked to drop their freshly baked bread to one of the following Aldi stores on the prescribed date:

WEDNESDAY 26th AUGUST 10:30- 13:00 

Aldi Head Office Naas, Newbridge Road, Naas, Co.Kildare, W91 VE40.

Aldi Swords, 10 Seatown Rd, Townparks, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 V2N7.

Aldi Athlone, Golden Island, Ankers Bower, Athlone Co. Westmeath N37 FC04.

WEDNESDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 10:30- 13:00

Aldi Macroom, Oakwood, Sleveen East, Macroom, Co. Cork, P12 ER89.

Aldi, Newcastle West The Square, Gortboy, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, V42 KD35.

Aldi, Main Street, Gort, Co. Galway, H91 PV44.

WEDNESDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 10:30- 13:00

Aldi New Ross, Marshmeadows, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 NP48.

Aldi Castlebar, Lannagh Rd, Garryduff, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 TV29.

Aldi Cavan, Dublin Rd, Tullymongan Upper, Cavan,  H91PK29.

All successful entrants will be contacted on 11th September to attend the finals, due to take place in Dublin on the 14th September with the winners announced on the 17th September.

If you think you have the recipe for success, log onto or for information on how to enter, full terms and conditions and competition rules. 

The winner’s brown bread will also be stocked in all Aldi Stores in Ireland for twelve months and they will receive a minimum prize fund of €15,000.