History and Baking Collide in Fair Food Contest
August 15, 2017
Phyllis Olson of Newton won first place in the Hello Sally Lunn competition, judged Monday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
A Sally Lunn bread is very typically brioche-like and slightly sweet. It is believed that the bread is named after its 18th century baker Sally Lunn of Bath, England.
Lindsey Pepper of Ankeny earned second place and Velma Reese of Madrid claimed third place.
Judges also awarded Honorable Mention to Penny Murphy of Des Moines.
Entries were judged on flavor, appearance, texture and story.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. “Nothing Compares” to State Fair Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.