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The Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 27, 2024

The Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

9am-3pm

The Maine Artisan Bread Fair is one of a kind. It is a fair dedicated solely to real bread and everything associated with this most ancient and central staple. The Maine Grain Alliance has sponsored the Bread Fair for twelve years and the offerings have grown each year.  While you will be captivated by the wares in each booth, you will also be able tantalize your taste buds as you sample foods ranging from pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens, fresh sourdough loaves, sweet pastries, and a variety of other locally produced delicious food.

Come for the artisan halvah, maple syrup, jams, butter, cheese, the best books and equipment for baking at home, professional bakers to answer your questions, live music, beautiful kitchen linens, demos, and superb Maine made foods!

The Details:

DATE: Saturday, July 27th 2024

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m

PLACE: Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

COST: Free! Everyone is invited, and we encourage you to bring your family and friends to enjoy

PARKING: $5

Vendors: Over 60 vendors await you at the Artisan Bread Fair. Please see the list below, continually updated.

From 95 North, take exit 133 (Waterville/Skowhegan) onto Rt. 201 North and head to Skowhegan. At the light in Skowhegan, take a right and go into town. Go around the rotary of buildings and take a right. About 1 mile on left is the entrance to the fairgrounds. Next to Wal-Mart.
From 95 South, Take exit 157 (Newport/Skowhegan), turn slight right onto ME-100/ME-11 north, take a sharp left onto Main Street/Route 2 south. Follow Route 2 into Skowhegan, go through the rotary, turn right onto Madison Avenue About 1 mile on left is the entrance to the fairgrounds. Next to Wal-Mart.

2024 Bread Fair Made Possible Through Generous Sponorships From:

Contributor Sponsor ($10000+)

Contributor Sponsor ($5000+)

Leader Sponsor ($2500+)

Benefactor Sponsor ($1000+)

Benefactor Sponsor ($1000+)

Benefactor Sponsor ($1000+)

Patron Sponsor ($200+)

General Guidelines for the Artisan Bread Fair:

1. The ABF does not permit pets on the fairgrounds or in the parking area. Animals left in cars or tied up may be removed by the local animal control officer.

2. ABF enforces Maine laws prohibiting public drinking of alcohol and use of illegal drugs on the fairgrounds.

3. Audio and video devices are prohibited unless they are part of an approved demonstration or display.

4. Littering is prohibited. Please control all waste and convey it to the receptacles provided throughout the fair and police your area at the end of the day.

5. ABF assumes no liability for damage to or loss of personal property.

2024 Bread Fair Workshops

Check back soon for workshops at the fair! 

Music at the 2024 Bread Fair:

9-11am

Some Reel People

Some Reel People is a joyous and ever-evolving traditional country dance
band from the Dexter area, playing jigs, reels, waltzes and polkas.
Their combined sound of fiddles, guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, cello,
accordions, and recorder will make you want to dance! We are the house
band for the Central Hall Commons Contradances in Dover-Foxcroft, and
play other dances and concerts at various venues around the area.

Members include Sue Abel, Valerie Albertini, Sam Brown, Donna Burt, Ruth
Fogg, Toby Hall, Beth McEvoy, Stuart Moore, Dave Pearson, Jody Richmond,
Allison Aldrich Smith, and Hunt Smith

11am-1pm

Sagittarius Rising

We are twin sisters who create original music, animations, and films.

https://vimeo.com/sagittariusrising?fbclid=IwAR0U8Jv-ofX0oAATtcLXMYRTfKV7VHR14ZzhYwac0cpF7uQpi6Nq32ZFe2M

 

1pm-3pm

Ridge Road Band

We play a combination of Classic Rock, Blues and Country!

 

https://www.facebook.com/Bluzpwr/

 

2024 Vendors Include:

Grey Goose Gourmet
Whittle Bird Coffee
Wholly Crow
FIORE Artisan Olive Oils And Vinegars
Ancestral French Soaps
Whitehill Farm
Jones Limited
Sawyer’s Maple Farm
The Maine Meal
The Potter’s House
the beavers lodge
The Bankery & Skowhegan Fleuriste
Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants
Maine Sauce and Provisions LLC
Farm House Coffee Roasters
Sunrise Bagel
The Good Crust
Marston Country Crafts
Alora WoodMaine Somerset Beekeepers Club
The Gluten Free Kitchen
Tootie’s Tempeh
The Scone Goddess
Roses Sourdough
Mr. Sea’s Seafood
Pen & Cob Farm
Crooked Face Creamery
The Farm on Winter Hill
Savagesse

Sprig Woodwork

Spark Bagel
Midsummer Night’s Meadow Farm
Yo Momma’s Apron Strings
BreadPots.com
Fresh Harvest in a Jar
Dragon’s Breath Pottery
Sweet Monkey Business
Balfour Farm
Kittylamb
Sonshine Meadows Goat Milk Soap
Hootenanny Bread
Stone Fox Farm Creamery
Maine Grains and the Miller’s Table
B&T Baked Goods
Just Crackers
Springdale Farm Creamery
Old Glory Bees and Honey
Maine Farmland Trust
Tuition builders

Blue Earth Bags
North Star Orchards
Marston Country Crafts
The Maine Meal
Midsummer Night’s Meadow farm
Portable Pie Place
Trudys Garden
Rusted Rooster Farm LLC
ChiGoBee Farm
Willows Highlands

 

2024 Vendor Guidelines

Click Here to Read Vendor Guidelines

Appropriate Applicants and Criteria:
Food Vendors:
Bakers of artisan breads of all kinds. Bakers must produce their wares in the State of Maine, with
at least a portion of the process done by hand. There is no restriction on the type of flour used,
but if possible, use of locally grown grains where possible would be appreciated. Local grain
production is part of the overall mission of the Maine Grain Alliance which sponsors the
Kneading Conference and the Fair.
If you are going to be selling food, you MUST produce your wares in a State Certified manner
and this is your responsibility.
Bread Fair Guidelines
Setup time: The grounds will be open at 7:00 A.M. and the fair will start promptly at 9:00, July 27th.
Fair Director: Dusty Dowse, dustydowse@aol.com
Vendor Coordinator: Patti Dowse Docqs@aol.com

  • Vendors are not permitted to change booth space as assigned by the fair committee.
  • Vendors must restrict their activities to the booth space assigned, and hawking of wares is prohibited.
  • The Bread Fair does not provide tables, chairs, or display hardware or racks. The vendors are responsible for furnishing the space assigned.
  • Signs and banners can be attached to tent poles, walls etc. only by string or tape.
  • No holes may be dug.
  • Fires may be built only in approved ovens or other devices.
  • Any vendor using cooking equipment must have a 40 BC-minimum fire extinguisher.
  • The Fire Marshal requires that propane tanks be secured firmly on a hard, non-combustible surface such as cement blocks.
  • Vendors should prepare for inclement weather.
  • Vendors must be set up and ready by the start of the fair at 9:00 AM, Saturday, July 27th.
  • Booths must be staffed for the duration of the fair.
  • Vendors should bring adequate wares, etc. to last for the duration of the fair.
  • Vendors should not begin to break down displays, booths, etc. until the fair is over at 3:00 and the Director or Vendor Coordinator gives notice.
  • All booth materials brought must be removed completely.
  • Vendors must report earnings and worker’s pay to the IRS and the State of Maine.
  • The State of Maine requires that commercial vendors be listed and their tax ID numbers be reported to
    the State Tax Office.
  • Vendors must obtain any necessary liability and general insurance coverage for their activities and must adhere to all local and state ordinances. The Fair maintains no vendor coverage.

2024 Vendor Application

Please complete the online vendor application, or:
Download and mail your application to:

Maine Grain Alliance, Attn: Kayla Starr, 146 Cleveland Rd Embden, ME 04958

We will assess applications upon receipt, and quickly alert everyone with the results as soon after April 24th as practicable. Space allowing, we may accept applications after that date.

Vendor Details & Pricing
We cannot supply tables, chairs, or other equipment.

Booth Space:  $75