Ava Pierce’s award-winning Lemon Drizzle Cake is now on sale in 137 Aldi stores nationwide for €2.49.
Late last year, 15 year old Ava from Gorey, Co. Wexford was crowned the winner of the National Junior Baking Competition sponsored by Aldi and in association with Foróige and the National Ploughing Association.
The theme this year for the second year in a row was Lemon Drizzle Cake and along with her cake being stocked in Aldi stores nationwide, Ava also won a €1,000 bursary fund for herself. Ava is a member of Askamore Foróige Club and is in transition year in Gorey Community School.
NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said, “The popularity and success of the National Junior Baking competition is growing each year, and we’re delighted to once again have Aldi and Foróige working on this. It is wonderful to see the younger generation taking part and we look forward to seeing the winner’s Lemon Drizzle Cake on sale in Aldi stores in 2019.”
The National Junior Baking Competition offers young people an opportunity to showcase their baking skills and win great prizes. County and regional finals were held nationally through Foróige, and the final was held last year in Cook’s Academy in Dublin.
Sean Campbell, CEO of Foróige said, “This competition encourages young people to think about good produce, it helps them hone their baking craft and it exposes them to a whole new world of manufacturing. I can’t think of a better opportunity for a junior baker than bringing a product to market with our supermarket partner Aldi. We want to thank Aldi for their continued support of Foróige’s work and their belief in the brilliance of our young bakers.”
Aldi Group Buying Director John Curtin, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Aldi Foróige National Junior Baking Competition for the fourth year in a row. The creations that came from the young people last year were outstanding and this years’ finalists should be equally proud of their final products. We are looking forward to seeing Ava’s winning Lemon Drizzle Cake on the shelves of all 137 Aldi stores nationwide.”
Aldi Ireland has an ongoing partnership with leading youth organisation Foróige. Foróige works with over 50,000 young people (aged 10-18 years old) and 5,500 volunteers each year through a network of more than 615 youth clubs and cafes, 147 targeted projects the Big Brother, Big Sister youth mentoring programme and national programmes such as Citizenship, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.