Monday, July 23, 2012

The Kneading Conference returns to Skowhegan

  SKOWHEGAN – The Skowhegan State Fairgrounds will again become an international village of bakers, millers, maltsters and farmers on July 26-27 as presenters and participants arrive from near and far to exchange ideas and skills geared toward restoring and supporting local and regional sustainable grain production.
  Participants will choose from a variety of workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions and lectures.  The 2012 schedule includes how to grow a small plot of grains in your backyard, bake breads and desserts in a wood-fired oven, handcraft the best pizza, design and build a successful small bakery, build a wood-fired oven, make croissants and other traditional pastries using whole grain flour, and much more.

  This year's keynote speakers are authors of popular books.  William Alexander, author of “The $64 Tomato and 52 Loaves: a Half-Baked Adventure” will talk about his yearlong quest to make the perfect loaf of bread.  Ben Hewitt, Vermont farmer and author of “The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food” will reconstruct the inspiring journey that transformed a struggling Vermont town into a thriving food hub.
  Pre-registration is required for the Kneading Conference.  Fee: $300 (includes meals).  Click here for the online registration link.
  The Artisan Bread Fair will be held at the fairgrounds on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  The Bread Fair is a celebration of earth, fire, stone and that most mystical of all our foods. The fair is free and the public is welcome. All day parking is $2 at the Fairgrounds.  Enjoy delicious artisan breads, wood-fired oven pizza, tasty Maine foods, live music, baking books and tools, and demonstrations: grain milling, oven building, scything, artisan bread baking, threshing, and small grain harvesting.

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