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Sourdough Bread Baking Contest

March 4, 2022 @ 5:30 pm 7:30 pm EST

Sourdough Bread Baking Contest
A community event celebrating bakers, sourdough bread, cheese, wine, and beer


Friday, March 4th

Dewey Memorial Hall
91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257



Tickets: $25
**Proof of vaccination and id required for entry. Masks required when attendees are not seated and eating.

Head over to Dewey Hall for our sourdough bread baking competition on Friday, March 4th! We are celebrating this art by giving local home bakers a chance to show their skill, and offering attendees a fun culinary experience.

The origins of sourdough bread date to around 14,000 years ago according to archeological evidence. The use of yeast however is relatively recent in the history of bread making, dating to the past 150 years. Before that, sourdough culture was the only leavening agent — and that traditional method has experienced a resurgence in home baking.


Whether you are a bread baker or a bread lover, this event is for you! Bakers will enter two full-size loaves of bread, one for tasting/judging and one to be raffled off. Attendees will be invited to sample the contestants’ breads, wine from DéPart, beer from Big Elm Brewery, and cheese from Rubiner’s Cheesemongers, and have the opportunity to win loaves of freshly baked sourdough bread via a raffle. 


Our MC for the evening is Writer/Performer Melanie Greenberg (The Elephant in the Room) and live music will be performed by the Michael Junkins Duo. The culinary celebrity judges will be Rachel Portnoy, (former owner of Chez Nous/Cafe Triskele and baking instructor at Canyon Ranch), Patrizia Barbagallo (owner of Pixie Boulangerie), and Robbie Robles (owner of Roberto’s Pizza). 


Dewey Memorial Hall was built in 1887 by The Sheffield Friendly Union, a community organization with the mission “to promote kindly feelings, cheerfulness, and intelligence.” Dewey Hall has been focusing on how to make that mission relevant in today’s world with a series of “Community Gala” interactive fundraising events.


This event is sponsored by Warrior Trading. Additional sponsors include Rubiner’s cheesemongers, DéPart, Big Elm Brewery, and The Berkshire Food Co-op. Dewey Hall is producing this event with the help of Katy Sparks (Chef/Owner of Katy Sparks Culinary Consulting and host of Edible Natural World) and Evelyn Battaglia (Food Writer/Cookbook Editor), who have offered their culinary expertise to the organizational team for this event. 

Bakers who wish to enter may pre-register here by February 21st: https://forms.gle/DSDkhrFjRrLHFtdt9


Tickets for spectators include bread, wine, and cheese tastings, and can be purchased here: https://secure.givelively.org/event/dewey-memorial-hall-inc/sourdough-bread-baking-contest


Contact us at [email protected] or call (413) 413 1322


March 4, 2022
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm ESTw


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91 Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257 United States
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(413) 229-2357
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