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.