Kneading Conference and Artisan Bread Fair

Posted July 18, 2013, at 1:10 p.m.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Contact: Amber Lambke, Executive Director, Maine Grain Alliance

207-629-7182, cell/work


Kneading Conference and Artisan Bread Fair in Skowhegan

Focusing on locally grown grain

WHAT: The Maine Grain Alliance will host two events, the Kneading Conference on July 25&26, and the Maine Artisan Bread Fair on July 27, 9:00-3:00, both at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. The Conference will draw 250 presenters, participants and volunteers from around the country to learn about growing grain, baking, and building wood fired ovens. The Bread Fair is expected to draw 3,000+ visitors on the final day of festivities to taste and buy bread enjoy live music, and see demonstrations.

WHEN: Kneading Conference Keynote Address by

Richard Miscovich, master wood-fired baker and author of a soon-to-be released book on baking.

Thursday, July 25, 9:15-10:00 am

Constitution Hall, Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

Workshops and demonstrations all day Thursday and Friday.

Artisan Bread Fair

Saturday, July 27, 9:00-3:00

Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

WHERE: Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

33 Constitution Ave.

Skowhegan, ME 04976

(across from Hannford on Route 201 North)

WHO: Executive Director, Amber Lambke 629-7182

Program and Conference Director, Wendy Hebb 620-0697

Bread Fair and Education Director, Dusty Dowse 717-4578

Events will also include tours at the new Somerset Grist Mill in downtown Skowhegan on Wednesday 5:00pm, Friday 4:15pm and Saturday 8:00am. Bakers using Maine-grown grains can be found at the Skowhegan Farmer’s Market on Saturday 9-1, and at The Bankery, a bakery in downtown Skowhegan, Saturday 7:30-6:00. Media, and local officials are invited to attend the Kneading Conference, Bread Fair, Gristmill tours and Farmer’s Market for coverage.

DETAILS: The annual Kneading Conference brings together farmers, professional and home bakers, chefs, cooks, grain researchers, maltsters, food entrepreneurs, millers

and wood-fired oven enthusiasts to educate one another about the art and science of growing and milling grains and baking artisan breads. The annual Artisan Bread Fair is a free summer festival offering wood-fired oven demonstrations, artisan bread samplings, and opportunities to talk with professional bakers and explore the best books, tools, and delicious accoutrements to whole grain and conventional bread baking. All day Bread Fair parking is $2.

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