Louth's Rita uses her loaf
A Portuguese woman with a knack for making brown bread will represent Louth in the semi-finals of the National Brown Bread Baking Competition at the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly in September.
Rita Alves, who lives in Drogheda with her Blackrock-born husband Gerry Bailey, is a co-founder of The Crafty Rock craft shop in Blackrock. The Drogheda ICA Guild member emerged a winner at the regional final which took place in An Grianán in Termonfeckin last Thursday. Four winners from each region will qualify to compete in the semi-finals at the National Ploughing Championships in September. The contestants placed first and second in each heat will qualify for the final on Thursday September 21in the Aldi Tent at the National Ploughing Championships 2017.
The winner will see their winning brown bread on sale in Aldi stores across the country for a minimum of 6 months, and will win a share of the profits, guaranteed to be at least €10,000.