National Festival of Breads

This is Kansas ... the heartland. Wheat Capital of the U.S. Breadbasket to the World. So yeah, we’re kind of a big deal. Manhattan hosts on June 8, 2019, the sixth biennial National Festival of Breads at spacious Manhattan Conference Center. Additional events take place right outside in Blue Earth Plaza with Aaron Nickell from Backyard Kitchen.

NFOB traces its roots to the 1990 Kansas Festival, and categories have evolved ever since. In 2009, the initial national contest was staged in Wichita and it has convened in Manhattan since 2011. Ronna Farley from Maryland was selected the 2017 grand prize winner as NFOB gathered in Manhattan for the fourth time. Farley's bread creation Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf selected tops among eight competitors.

The contest is sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast and Kansas Wheat Commission. This is the nation's only amateur bread-baking competition. NFOB features baking demonstrations, tasting opportunities and more with all-day events inside and BBQ lessons outside in Blue Earth Plaza.

Fifth Biennial National Festival of Breads
History: How, what and why of NFOB
2017 Recipe Book 
Maryland bread baker wins NFOB