Konkurs Pieczenia – A Polish Pastry Baking Contest
in the Heart of the Historic Minneapolis Milling District
Love to bake? Showcase your baking prowess at the Konkurs Pieczenia – Polish Baking Contest, a new event at the Twin Cities Polish Festival August 11-12, 2012. This contest is open to everyone (you don’t have to be Polish or live in Minnesota to enter)!
Marcia Novak, Director, Sponsorship Marketing & Promotion for the Twin Cities Polish Festival, provided us with an overview of the event.
In this Konkurs Pieczenia, bakers will compete in three categories of traditional Polish pastries:
Makowiec - A sweet bread, rolled up jelly-roll fashion, with a poppy seed filling.
Kolaczki - A delicate cookie-like pastries traditionally filled with fruit, poppy seed or sweet cheese fillings.
Babka- A sweet, rich leavened cake traditionally baked in a classic Babka or other fluted pan.
“Every year we’ve added a new activity to the Festival. Since Poland is known for its hospitality and love of good food, hosting a Polish pastry contest, seemed like a natural fit.” commented Ed Rajtar, Festival co-chair. I have personally sampled many delicious Babka and other pastries served at holidays, family parties and bake sales. So, I know firsthand there are many excellent bakers in the area,” he added with a grin.
Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. Contestants may enter all three categories, but are allowed only one entry per category. Entry forms must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 7. Contest rules and entry forms are posted on the Twin Cities Polish Festival website.
The Twin Cities Polish Festival, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) created to bring Minnesotans of all nationalities together to experience a world-class celebration of Polish culture and heritage in the Twin Cities.
The festival is held across from Riverplace and St. Anthony Main on SE Main Street. It is open 10:00am–10:00pm on Saturday, August 11, and 11:00am-6:00pm on Sunday, August 12. Admission is free.