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.