Dancing with the Stars Champion Karen Byrne was joined by members of Foróige to announce details of this year’s National Junior Baking Competition.

Aldi will once again this year sponsor the National Junior Baking Competition, in association with Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organisation, and the National Ploughing Association.

The qualifiers for the competition are currently being held nationally through Foróige, in their 810 clubs and projects nationwide, with the regional finals taking place in late July. The finals will take place in the Aldi Marquee at the National Ploughing Championships this coming September.

The theme of the National Junior Baking Competition this year is Lemon Drizzle Cake and the judges are anticipating some delicious cakes from the wealth of talented young bakers around the country. Jessica Doherty (13) from Bundoran & Ballyshannon Foróige NYP, emerged as the winner last year, and her Lemon Drizzle Cake has been flying off the shelves in all 130 Aldi stores nationwide since Christmas.

“I couldn’t believe it when I won at the Ploughing last year,” said Jessica. “I was up against some other really great bakers on the day. The support from my friends and my family since then has been amazing, and it is so exciting seeing ‘Jessica’s Lemon Drizzle Cake’ on the shelf in Aldi every time I go into the store. I’d like to wish the very best of luck to everyone entering this year!”

The winner of the National Junior Baking Competition will win a €1,000 bursary to help them on their baking journey, as well as a €1,500 Aldi voucher for their local Foróige group. In addition to this, and for the third year as part of the competition, Aldi will be stocking the winning lemon drizzle cake.

Finbar McCarthy, Group Buying Director at Aldi Ireland, said: “We are encouraging all junior-baking enthusiasts, whether novice or expert home bakers, to whip out the mixing bowl and perfect their baking skills. The creations that came from the young people last year were excellent, and we expect this year’s entrants to be even more creative.”

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