PORTLAND — The second annual Maine’s Best Bakers competition, presented by The Hemophilia Alliance of Maine, is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at The Public Works in Portland.
Attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite baker, with the winner receive a $150 cash prize. A panel of judges, including Le Cordon Bleu degree holder Chef Brian Diamond-Falk, will vote to award the best baker of the event with a trophy, the title of Maine’s Best Baker, and a $1000 cash prize. Other judges include Kryston Chapman, Jacqueline Huynh and popular food blogger Jim Bailey — The Yankee Chef.
The event will also be attended by Mrs. Maine America Kimberly Mastropasqua and Mrs. Shapleigh America Colleen Berry, who will serve as volunteers at the event. Both home and commercial bakers are invited to participate, where they will be granted a table to sell their wares. Bakers are entitled to all proceeds from sales at the event, but must provide 250 mouthfuls of their competing baked good for attendees and judges to sample. This event is a great opportunity for bakers to meet new customers, make sales and engage in friendly competition with like-minded bakers from around the state.
“Rare diseases are often unseen, but the struggles are very real,” said Jill Packard, executive director of the Hemophilia Alliance of Maine. “Bleeding disorders affect one percent of the population, and our goal with this event is to bridge unexpected communities to bring us all closer together. I hope our Maine community sees the value of our work and comes out to show their support. We’re only getting better, and look forward to years to come!”
The Hemophilia Alliance of Maine was founded in 2010 and is a chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. Their mission is to create support, programming and advocacy for Maine’s unique rural bleeding disorders population. Admission for attendees 13 and over is $5 at the door and includes five taste tokens.
All proceeds from the event, aside from vendor sales, will benefit HAM programs in Maine, which are aimed at creating a supportive community for people with bleeding disorders. If potential vendors have additional questions about the event, they should contact Jill Packard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-992-3822. Additional event details are available at www.mainesbestbakers.com/. Vendors who would like to sign up for the event should register at mbbportlandvendor.eventbrite.com.
The Hemophilia Alliance of Maine’s mission is to assist and enhance the quality of life for Maine’s people and families who have a bleeding disorder. For more information, visit www.mainehemophilia.org/.