Meet Mary Berry At The National Ploughing Champions

Mary Berry is waiting for your cakes folks! The National Dairy Council is excited to announce that Queen of Cakes, Mary Berry will be the Star Guest at the NDC stand on Wednesday 19thSeptember at this year’s National Ploughing Championships being held in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly 18th – 20th September 2018.

There are just twelve days to go so get your baking trays out folks and start getting creative! We are inviting you to create something unique and delicious that can be served at Afternoon Tea at Ploughing with Mary. It can be sweet or savoury but must contain dairy produce in some form. The three best recipes will be selected and the three finalists will present their delicacy for tasting by Mary and guests and enjoy afternoon tea at the NDC Stand at the Ploughing Championships.
Meet Mary Berry At The National Ploughing Champions

Practical as always Mary advises anyone entering to “practice the recipe“. “It must be the very best of Irish dairy produce and the best of its type, whether that’s a quiche, tart or cake – we don’t want to see curdled custard or separated filling, the pastry must be beautifully done, it has to have great flavor and beautifully presented. No soggy bottoms” says Mary.

The judges for the competition will be Chandima Gamage Head Pastry Chef at Dromoland Castle, Irish Food Writer, Lilly Higgins and Ciara Leahy, Consumer Editor of the Irish Farmers’ Journal.

Food Writer and judge of the Great Irish Bake-Off Lilly Higgins says “I am delighted to be involved with this competition and to meet the baking legend that is Mary Berry! My experience of being a judge on the Great Irish Bake Off will certainly help in picking the best entries for the Afternoon Tea at Ploughing. I am huge fan of baking myself and really look forward to seeing the variety of recipes that will be sent in. My advice would be to keep it simple and execute it well, whether it’s a cake, tart, quiche or even a sandwich, get the basics right and it will be delicious!”.


Prizes: Each finalist will receive a €300 voucher for Ballymaloe Cookery School and an Afternoon Tea Hamper filled with Goodies, free entry into Ploughing and will have Afternoon Tea with Mary Berry.

Mary said “I’m looking forward most to meeting people and food producers and tasting some good Irish food. Irish stew is one of my favourite dinners, even better with a chunk of soda bread. My mother used to make it when I was young and I still make it for my children and grandchildren.” You just can’t beat a good crumble or pie with homegrown berries or a stew with neck of lamb,”she remarks excitedly. And of course, the afternoon tea and slice of cake.

How to enter: Send your recipes to include full details on ingredients, method, cooking times and a picture.

Full details, terms and conditions

By Email:

By Post: Dairy Competition, The National Dairy Council, The Studio, 55c Maple Avenue, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin A94 HY83.

Closing date for all entries is 5.00pm Friday 10th August, 2018.

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