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  Amateur Bakers Sought For Slavic Baking Competition At Simply Slavic Festival June 20  
  June 11, 2015 Edition  
     Growing up Slavic in the Mahoning Valley meant slices of kolachi or homemade chrusciki in your lunch box instead of Twinkies and Oreos. The organizers of Simply Slavic want to encourage the perpetuation of those recipes and traditions.
      One way they do so is the Annual Slavic Baking Competition to be held at the 5th Annual Simply Slavic Festival on Sat., June 20, 2015. Organizers are inviting the region’s best amateur bakers to put their favorite recipe to the test!
      This fun, friendly contest encourages talented amateur bakers to show their skills by putting their favorite ethnic bake goods and recipes in front of local Slavic celeb judges. Entries will be judged on three criteria: Taste (50%), Authenticity (25%) and Presentation (25%).
      Interested participants should submit their entry form with a $5 non-refundable entry fee, and a description of 100 words or less. The entry form, which includes complete contest rules and information, is available online at
      Remember to highlight pertinent information like its Slavic roots, holidays at which it might be used and where you first ate it. Mail it to Simply Slavic Baking Contest, 4442 Rita Ave., Youngstown, OH 44515. Entries will be accepted until Monday, June 15, 2015.
      On the day of the event, participants will then bring their entries to the Baking Contest table at the Simply Slavic Festival, inside Joe Maxx Coffee Shop, 47 Federal Plaza E., Youngstown (Realty Tower, street level), no later than 1:00 p.m. Judging begins at 2:00 p.m.
      Contestants are asked to bring two of the baked items (or two dozen of cookies) packaged separately. No baked goods can be submitted or will be accepted that have to be frozen, refrigerated or heated.
      Entry will be presented to judges at room temperature. Entries must be from non-professionals. Professional is defined as a person who is paid or has been paid to cook or bake.
      For more information call Mary Margaret Hovanes at 330-792-6281 or email
      Simply Slavic was created in 2011 to educate both the region’s large number of Slavic descendants and the community-at-large about Slavic heritage. It did this by featuring live Slavic music, folk dance performances, homemade food, children’s learning areas, educational exhibits and workshops and ethnic vendors.
      Since that time the group has developed an active regional, national and even international following that follow their efforts to share news and event information of interest to Slavs on their website,, as well as on their Facebook page.
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