A GIFTED home baker is on a roll after reaching the semi-finals of a national brown bread making contest.
Vivienne Rigley from Ballickmoyler tasted sweet success in the quarter-finals of the competition, when she rose to the top with her delicious traditional bread recipe.
Following the celebrations, Vivienne is busily preparing for the semi-finals, which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday 19-20 September at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore.
A veteran member of Laois Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA), Vivienne was a quarter-final winner in the National Brown Bread Baking Competition, which was held at An Grianán, Co Louth on 24 August.
She was warmly congratulated by renowned Laois woman Anna May McHugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Association (NPA), Marie O’Toole of the ICA and Noel Birchall from Aldi. The hotly-fought competition is sponsored by Aldi and is held in association with the NPA and ICA.
The stakes are high, as the overall winner will see their brown bread on sale in Aldi stores across the country for a minimum of six months. They will also win a share of the profits, which are guaranteed to be at least €10,000, according to the store.
Two people will be chosen from each day of the semi-finals and will go on to compete in the final, which will be held on Thursday 21 September.