National Festival of Breads

2023 Official Rules & Regulations

A yeast bread baking contest for adult amateur bakers.

This year we're going virtual!

The Contest entry begins at

12:00 AM Central Standard Time (“CST”) on January 1, 2023

and ends at 

11:59:59 PM Central Standard Time (“CST”) on February 13, 2023

(hereinafter, “Contest Entry Period”).

The Kansas Wheat Commission (“Sponsor”) presents the 2023 National Festival of Breads™ (“Contest”). Participation in the Contest constitutes full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Contest Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

1. Eligibility

Contest is open to ADULT home bakers, 18 years of age and older, at the time of contest entry, and must be a legal United States resident residing in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. No teams or groups will be permitted.

Individuals who are amateur home yeast bread bakers and do not make the major portion of their income by baking bread may enter. Determination of a contestant’s status rests solely with the Sponsor(s).


You are not eligible to participate in the Contest if any of the following apply:

  • You or your spouse, parent or child (all regardless of place of residence) or others currently living in your household are an employee of any national or state wheat organization, or their associations.
  • You have been contracted to work with Kansas Wheat.
  • You have been a finalist in three (3) National Festival of Breads™ Contests or won the Champion prize.

Determination of a contestant’s professional/amateur status rests solely with the Sponsor(s).

2. How to Enter

(Online entries only. No entries accepted by postal mail.)

The Contest entry begins at 12:00 AM Central Standard Time (“CST”) on January 1, 2023 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Central Standard Time (“CST”) on February 13, 2023.

Submit your original recipe and photo at: You may enter multiple recipes; however, each Entry must be different. You cannot resubmit a recipe with changes after it has been submitted. You will only be eligible to become a Category Winner with one recipe.

Upload a color PHOTO of the completed recipe; a phone camera photo is acceptable. One photo should show both the whole loaf or roll, and a portion sliced so the interior is visible. If the bread product is not sliced, your entry will be disqualified. Please do not attach more than one photo with the recipe. (Do not attach step-by-step photos.)


Photo: Chocolate Swirl Loaves.

Quick and Easy

Create a yeast bread or roll recipe using time-saving steps, techniques and ingredients for a busy lifestyle in 4 hours or less, including baking time. Any dough must be fully baked. A bread machine may be used.

Photo: Healthy Homemade Bread.

Wholesome and Healthy

Revamp an old family recipe, heirloom recipe or a tried-and-true favorite using healthier ingredients. Explain why it is healthy.

Photo: Crunchy-Topped Coconut Almond Bread.

Go Nuts

Create a yeast bread or roll recipe incorporating nuts in the dough or filling.

Photo: Smokehouse Cranberry Cheese Bread.

Say Cheese

Submit your original yeast bread or roll recipe using your favorite cheese(s).

3. Recipe Rules

This Contest is intended for an original yeast bread recipe developed by the Entrant. “Original” means the Contest recipe has not been previously published in the same or substantially the same form. Category Winners will be required to certify the entry is “original.” Each submitted recipe must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity.

Recipe will be disqualified if the brand and type of flour is not stated in the recipe (i.e., King Arthur Bread Flour, Hudson Cream White Whole Wheat Flour or your favorite local brand you like to bake with).

Recipe will be disqualified if the brand and type of yeast used as a leavening agent is not stated in the recipe (i.e., Red Star Platinum® Yeast, Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast or your favorite brand you like to bake with).

Seventy-five percent (75%) or more of the total flour used in the recipe must be wheat flour, and the remaining amount may be other flour such as rye flour, cornmeal, soy flour, etc.

Recipe should make one (1) or more loaves OR one dozen (12) or more rolls.

Recipe MUST include title, exact ingredient measurements, complete step-by-step directions, size of pan, preparation time, bake temperature, bake time and the recipe yield.

Recipe should not contain more than 12 ingredients. The following do not count towards the total number of ingredients: water, salt, plain black pepper and cooking spray.

No meat allowed in dough or fillings.

Submit recipe in English using either U.S. standardized volume measurements (cup, tablespoon, teaspoon, etc.) and/or weights (ounces, pound). For example: 1 ½ cups (6 3/8 ounces) flour.

Once an Entry has been submitted, it cannot be modified or deleted by entrant.

4. Selection of Winner


Recipe Judging

By submitting a recipe and photo to the National Festival of Breads™, the Entrant is representing his/her recipe as their original creation. Judges will disqualify previously published recipes, including those published online, from food companies, magazines, cookbooks, blogs, or winners in recipe contests.

Category Winners are solely responsible for complying with any applicable copyright restrictions, and the National Festival of Breads™ Sponsors, their agencies and the judges assume no obligation in that regard. Sponsors may contact you regarding your submission.

Each eligible Entry will be reviewed by a qualified panel of food experts. Selected recipes will be test baked in the Kansas Wheat Test Kitchen, Manhattan, Kansas.

Judging Criteria and Point System

Taste & Quality



Appearance, Artistic Flair & Shaping



Recipe & Photo



Nutritional Value & Healthfulness



5. Prizes

Category Winners

Four Winners

$500 + Baking Bundle

FOUR (4) Category Winners will be selected, one from each category (Quick and Easy, Wholesome and Healthy, Go Nuts and Say Cheese). Each will receive a $500.00 check and a “Baking Bundle” from Sponsors, ERV $250.00.

Best of Breads Champion

one winner


One (1) Overall “BEST OF BREADS” Champion will be selected from the four Category Winners. The Champion will be determined by the Judges’ score. The Champion will receive a $1,000 check.

People's Choice

One Winner

The Winner will be selected from the four (4) Category Winners. Category Winners’ bread photo will be displayed for Online Voting. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CATEGORY WINNER at You must vote between 12:00 AM Central Standard Time (“CST”) on May 15, 2023 and 11:59:59 PM Central Standard Time (“CST”) on May 26, 2023. One vote per valid email address is permitted. One (1) “People’s Choice” award winner will receive bakeware, ERV $100.00.

KitchenAid® Mixer

One Winner

$379.99 Value

One (1) KitchenAid® Artisan® Series 5-quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer winner will be selected by a random drawing from all eligible entries (Category Winners are exempt from drawing). Approximate Retail Value (ARV) is US $379.99.  This Giveaway is in no way endorsed by, or associated or affiliated with, KitchenAid®.

The Entrant Prizes are not transferable, and cannot be assigned, substituted or redeemed for cash. Sponsor(s) reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value in the event that any of the stated prizes cannot be awarded to circumstances beyond the control of the Sponsor(s). All taxes if any are the sole responsibility of the winners. Neither the Sponsor(s) nor their affiliates or subsidiaries will be responsible for any loss, liability or damage arising out of the winner’s acceptance of use of the prize.

Each entry has an equal chance to win. In the event of any dispute regarding the identity of an Entrant for any online entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used for the entry at the time of entry will be deemed the Entrant. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institute) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Sponsor(s) are the official timekeeper for this Giveaway. Sponsor(s), in their sole discretion, reserve the right to disqualify any person tampering with the operation of the website or the entry process. In the event the Giveaway is entered via a mobile device, Message and Data charges may apply.

6. Conditions

Category Winners

If your recipe is one of the four (4) Category Winners, you will be notified via phone and/or email on or about May 1, 2023.

Category Winners are not allowed to share their recipe on social media, blogs or other media outlets until May 15, 2023. Online voting for “People’s Choice” award begins on May 15, 2023.

Selected Category Winners will be required to sign a notarized affidavit

verifying the originality, authorship, and ownership of their recipes prior to competing in the National Festival of Breads™, their eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules and a release of the Kansas Wheat Commission, sponsors, the judges, and their respective directors and employees from all liability, claims, and damages (the “Release”).

Category Winners shall return (the “Release”) electronically and by mail to Kansas Wheat within seven (7) business days of date of personal delivery or date of sender’s postmark. Failure to return (the “Release”) in the time permitted, or return of notification as undeliverable, will result in the Category Winner being disqualified and an alternate selected.

Selected Category Winners will be required to sign a consent and release (the “Consent”) to grant the National Festival of Breads™ Sponsors permission to use said Finalist’s name, photograph, likeness and personal information in any media relating to their participation for publicity, promotion, advertising, and other purposes without further notice or additional compensation to promote the Contest or the recipe; and shall further assign to the Kansas Wheat Commission all rights of ownership, including copyright, in any such recipe and return (the “Consent”) electronically and by mail within seven (7) business days of receipt of notification. Selected Category Winners may be required to make themselves available for interviews during the time their recipe is publicized locally or nationally in the media.

All Category Winners agree to return any prize received if the representations made herein or in (the “Release”) prove to be untrue and to further indemnify and hold harmless the Kansas Wheat Commission and Sponsors against any and all claims, damages, and expenses, including attorney’s fees incurred as a result of any such misrepresentation.

Selected Category Winners may waive to receive a prize. Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferable. No substitutions or case equivalents allowed by winners. Prizes are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. The winners are solely responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes and fees associated with the receipt of any prize.

Notification of Other Winners

All winners other than Category Winners will be notified exclusively by email. Sponsors will attempt to re-send said e-mail up to two times. If any winner does not respond to e-mail notification within three days of its transmission, or should the e-mail be returned as undeliverable after two attempts, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.

7. Online Announcement

Thursday, June 1, 2023

The AWARDS will be announced virtually.

Decisions of the Judges and Sponsor(s) are final in all matters relating to the determination of the Category Winners, “Best of Breads” National Festival of Breads Champion, “People’s Choice” award and all other awards and prizes.

8. Other Terms

Sponsor(s) reserve the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website; violates the Contest Rules; or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner during the competition, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. By submitting one or more recipes, each Entrant accepts all Contest Rules and agrees to be bound by the decisions of the Judges and Sponsor(s), which shall be final.

Each Entrant also agrees that each original recipe and all legal rights and interests in said recipe, including the rights of copyright, become the exclusive property of the Kansas Wheat Commission and sponsors, which reserve the right to edit, adapt, copyright, publish, transfer and use any or all Contest entries, without compensation to the Entrant or any third party.

It is expressly understood that Sponsor(s) are under no obligation to the Category Winners other than as expressly set forth in these Contest Rules. All Category Winners must agree to abide by these Contest Rules, and the decisions of the Sponsor(s) and the Judges, which shall be final in all matters relating to the National Festival of Breads™.

The National Festival of Breads™ Sponsor(s) and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, and representatives of Sponsors’ affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising, promotion and legal advisors are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible entries; (ii) telephone, electronic, hardware, or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties; (iii) errors in transmission; (iv) any changes or effects caused to the Entrant’s computer system as a result of submitting online entries, (v) technical failures of any kind (vi) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Sponsors that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (vii) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by a prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or from participation in the Contest; or (viii) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Contest Rules, or rights of Entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of Kansas, without regard to conflicts of law principles. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision were not contained therein.

All entries become the physical property of the Sponsor(s) and will not be acknowledged or returned. Nor will any evaluations or scores be sent to Entrants or Category Winners.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. By entering, you understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Facebook or Instagram.

If for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by any cause which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor(s), Sponsor(s) reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest and determine winners from entries received prior to action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by the Sponsor(s).

Odds of winning depend upon the total number of eligible entries in the Contest.

After June 1, 2023 winners and their recipes will be posted on To receive a list of winners, write to National Festival of Breads, 1990 Kimball Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

Posted December 5, 2022 (subject to edits and changes for clarification purposes)

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