The Hungarian Bakers’ Association, has announced this year’s winners of the ninth annual ‘bread of the year’ competition. This time, unlike previous years, participants of the competition could compete in two categories, to bag the title for the best traditional bread of St. Stephen’s Day and also the most innovative bread. True to traditions, those interested can try the bread of the year for the first time on Hungary’s State Foundation Day.
The day of the foundation of Hungary and founder St. Stephen is without a doubt the most important feast day for Hungary’s bakers, as it is also the time of harvest and the blessing of the bread made from new wheat.
To honor this time of year, the Hungarian Bakers’ Association has been organizing the St. Stephen’s Day Bread Competition every year since 2011, during which a jury of experts decides which product deserves the title to become the ‘bread of Hungary.’
The most important category of the competition is St. Stephen’s Day bread. In this category, bakers have to make bread from grain cereals, using traditional sourdough technology, only using natural Hungarian ingredients.
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This year also saw the debut of a new category aimed at showcasing the creativity of Hungarian bakers. Those who wished to claim the title for ‘innovative bread’ had to enter the competition with herbal, seasoned breads.
The runner-ups were selected from nearly half a hundred entries, but only 15 breads made it into the finals, seven of which were entered for the St. Stephen’s Day bread and eight for the most innovative bread competition.
This year, Hajdúság homemade bread made by Balmaz Sütöde Ltd. – presented by Zsolt Fülep and Ádám Fülep, was chosen as the bread of St. Stephen’s Day.
The most innovative bread of 2020 was a special rosemary-potato loaf by Hel Pékség Ltd. – presented by Krisztián Szász and Zoltán Horváth.
Those who wish to taste the winners of the 2020 Bread Competition can do so for the first time between August 19-21, on the Street of Hungarian Flavors.
Featured photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI