Deadline to register is Monday, March 9 — either on the library’s website by clicking here or in person at the library, located at 517 10th Avenue.

BELMAR, NJ — Are you ready for the Belmar Public Library’s Irish soda bread challenge?

Any individual or group from the Belmar area who believes they can bake up the best traditional Irish soda bread are invited to enter the contest, which will be judged as part of the library’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Wednesday, March 11. The free event will be held at 5 p.m. at Taylor Pavilion, 500 Ocean Avenue.

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The bread-making contest is open to amateur bakers — adult or children age 8 and up, competing as individuals, or as teams of family members or community groups.

While additional ingredients may be use, entries must be made with baking soda — and not yeast — and they should be recognized as a loaf of bread — and not a cake. Also, “glorying” a bread so much that it becomes a cake is not suggested. Spreads such as butter or cream cheese are not required, but may be provided as a side dish.

For complete contest rules, click here.

The competition is open to a maximum of 20 contestants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Their entries will be judged on taste, presentation and other criteria by owners of several of the area’s top bakery shops.

The first-place winner will receive a $50 gift card and a trophy, with trophies awarded to the second- and third-place finishers and honorable mention recipient.

Deadline to register is Monday, March 9 — either on the library’s website by clicking here or in person at the library, located at 517 10th Avenue.

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