The Sarkozy Bakery has teamed up with local restaurants and bakeries to create the first annual Kalamazoo Bread Festival.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, locals will get a chance to show off their baking skills by bringing two loaves of home-baked breads to be judged by a panel for a grand prize at the Park Trade Center in downtown Kalamazoo.
Winners in the categories of yeast and quick breads will win a Zingerman’s gift basket along with a commemorative Sarkozy Bakery bread peel, and there will also be a winner for the People’s Choice Award.
The festival will include a concert performed by the Corn Fed Girls, and there will be samples of food and drink provided by People’s Food Co-op, Victorian Bakery, MacKenzie’s Bakery, Zazio’s Italian Restaurant, Arcadia Ales, Mattawan Artisan Creamery and Tempo Vino Wines.
Judy Sarkozy and Event Coordinator Courtney Davis joined the Lori Moore Show on Tuesday to talk about the event.
Davis said anyone is welcome to join in on the party.
“You can come in and have some bread, wine, cheese, and beer and then the band will be on,” she said
Sarkozy, owner and founder of Sarkozy Bakery downtown, has hosted similar events for her bakery in the past.
“We found it’s a great mix of people—(they) are running into old friends and they’re meeting new people, and it just makes it so fun,” said Sarkozy.
To participate in the contest bakers must submit their bread entry to the Sarkozy Bakery website or at the door by 2 p.m. on Saturday. Participants will be charged a donation of $30 for the first recipe and $15 for each additional recipe.
All of the proceedings will go towards the bakery, which is working to re-open in a new location after it was destroyed in a fire last February.
Judging by the panel will start at 2:30 p.m. and the festival will run from 3-6 p.m. while donations will be accepted at the door with a suggested minimum of $35.
For more information about the Kalamazoo Bread Fest, contact Sarkozy Bakery at (269) 342-1952 or through email at email@example.com.