|Examples of Irish soda breads|
The overall event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum's Hogarty Family Exhibit Hall at 370 Broadway. Competitors are required to pay an advance $5 entry fee online.
The competition is the creation of Harold Quarters, a retired chef of Irish-American heritage, and is named in honor of the late Maureen Farrell McCarthy originally of Crookhaven, Ireland, who was a museum trustee and a judge at the inaugural competition. The amateur baking competition involves two categories: traditional white flour Irish soda bread and family, not strictly traditional Irish soda bread.
At noon, the museum will be featuring a demonstration on traditional Irish road bowling, at 1 p.m. Qualters will lead a presentation on the history of Irish soda bread as well as a demonstration on how to make the traditional version, at 1:30 the competitors' breads will be available for tasting, and at 2 o'clock the awards will be presented.
Road bowling -- as shown in the photo below -- dates back to at least the 1600s. Competitors attempt to take the fewest throws to propel a metal ball along a predetermined course of country roads. Wikipedia has information on the rules, equipment and history of the sport.
|A road bowler leaves his feet in an effort to propel the ball as far as possible.|
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