Irish Soda Bread Contest


Save the Dates Below of Upcoming Community Events:

The Michael J Larkin Memorial Irish Essay Competition – For Rumson and Fair Haven High School aged student residents. Go to for info and entry form or pick up entry form at library or RFH HS Main Desk. Entry deadline is Monday, Feb 27th.

Rumson St Patrick’s Parade Grade School Poster Competition – For Rumson and Fair Haven Resident Students Grades 1st thru 8th. Go to for more info. Poster Entry Deadline is Monday, March 6th

March 1st, Wednesday – 5:00pm St Patrick’s “Green Tree Lighting” at Victory Park, W River Rd, Rumson.

March 10th Friday – 7:00pm to 11:00pm St Patrick’s Parade Fifth Anniversary Celebration Music at 8pm. Go to website for details and to purchase tickets.

March 11th, Saturday – 5:00pm to 8:00pm Knights of Columbus “Corned Beef Cabbage” Dinner, Irish Music and Games for Kids. Donation at the Door, KoC 3187 Council, 200 Fair Haven Road, (732) 747-9199.

March 12th, Sunday – 1:00pm RUMSON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Victory Park, W River Rd, Rumson.


Download the PDF to ENTER the CONTEST

*Entry is limited to 15 based on a first-come first-serve entry.

Entry Form & Fee:  There is a $25 registration fee that includes a donation to the Oceanic Free Library and entitles the contestant to enter the contest.

Entry Deadline:  Deadline for entry is February 21st. Soda Bread must be dropped at the Oceanic Free Library between noon and 6:00pm on February 23rd, 2017.

Registration Process:  When contestants arrive, they will be given an entry number that corresponds with their bread. Bread will be placed on a table provided by the library and labeled with entry number. Please label (underneath) any trays or dishes that need to be returned. DO NOT put your name on the soda bread. You may bring butter etc.

Judging:  Will take place between 7:00 and 8:00pm on February 23rd. First, Second & Third place winners & honorable mention will be announced that evening and will each receive a trophy. Winners will be announced to local media. First place winners’ name will be listed on the library board.

All winners are invited to march in the Rumson St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, March 12th, 2017.

  • 2016 Irish Soda Bread Contest Winners!
  • 2015 Irish Soda Bread Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!  1st: Michael O'Connor - 2nd: Mairead Clifford - 3rd: LuAnn Hughes
We'd also like to thank our judges Denise Kelleher, owner of Cups & Cakes in Rumson (with clipboard), Assistant Judge Jodi Wooley (not pictured), and our event organizer, Carolyn Miller (pictured with LuAnn Hughes).

2015 Irish Soda Bread Winners

  • 1st Place: Jeanne Kelly (with son Flynn)
  • 2nd: Mairead Clifford
  • 3rd: Mary Davis (with granddaughter Sydney)
  • 4th: Maryellen Reardon