Going to Maine for bread, not beaches

This morning, I’m heading to Maine.

Nothing surprising there, you’ll say. Lots of people in Québec (and the whole Northeast) head there for vacation, a little fun at the beach, this time of year.

No beach for me, though. Just a conference – but not just any conference. A Kneading Conference. Two days of workshops and conferences about grain production, building bread ovens and artisan breadmaking of all kind, from bagels to sourdough to English muffins.

As a food geek and home baker, I couldn’t be happier. This is way better than the beach.

I’m curious to find out about the efforts by the Maine Grain Alliance to foster a renewal of cereal culture in Maine, using adapted cultivars to reinforce that aspect of the local economy. I’m curious to hear about various techniques for making dough – whether for fun or for money. And I’m curious to see who are the 250 or so people that are coming from all over to attend this breadpalooza.

I can’t wait. And I’ll be reporting more here, as the conference unfold.

By the way, if ever you head down to Maine (especially from Quebec City) on Saturday, the Artisan Bread Fair will be taking place at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds, as a logical follow-up to the Kneading Conference. That’s open to the public, and will allow people to get a taste of what all those kneady people were up to.

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