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Maine
Artisan Bread Fair

July 30, 2022

Directions

Information

2021 Vendors

Vendor Info & Application

Music

Workshops at the Fair

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 ten years and the offerings have grown each year. Demonstrations range from bread baking using sourdough (with starters to take home!) to tortilla making. 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 30st, 2022

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.

Made Possible Through Generous Sponorships From:

Contributor Sponsor ($10000+)

Contributor Sponsor ($5000+)

Leader Sponsor ($2500+)

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.

2022 Bread Fair Workshops

Wood-Fired Pizza Workshop

with Uproot Pie

Get your hands in the dough with founder of Uproot Pie, Jessica Shepard as she shares her techniques and tricks for making mouth watering wood-fired pizza.  Jessica will cover everyting from stretching dough to choosing the perfect toppings and cooking the pizza to perfection. 

 

When: Saturday, July 30th from 11:00am-12:30pm

Where: The Maine Artisan Bread Fair, Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

Cost: $20

Register Here 

With a passion for sustainable food, wood-fired ovens, and midcoast Maine, Jessica Shepard is proud to bring you The Uproot Pie Co.,  a mobile wood-fired pizza oven.

A 2004 graduate of Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR, Jessica spent her immediate years after school baking in wood-fired ovens from a small town in North Carolina to the big city of Portland Oregon.  In Flat Rock, NC she set up in an old chicken shack (fixed up a bit of course) in the back of the bakery and set to spending hours upon hours watching and learning from owner/baker Scott Unfried.  Later the bakery expanded to a restaurant where Jessica shifted gears to pastry chef and created the dessert menu for West First, a wood-fired restaurant. A year and a half later she traveled back to Portland, OR and connected with a mobile wood-fired pizza vendor Mark Doxteder of Tastebud where she learned you can put just about anything in a wood-fired oven!  Heading into her third summer in the Rockland area she decided to take things into her own hands and with the creative talents of a local artist and sculptor, Andy White built a mobile wood-fired oven for the summer market season, catering, and local festivals here in the midcoast.  Embracing The Uproot Pie Co. she is moving forward into a forever mobile life here in Rockland!

Our 2022 Live Music Schedule Will Be Available Soon

Music at the 2021 Bread Fair included:

Some Reel People

9 am – 11 am

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, piano, banjo, bass, accordion, Irish flute and penny whistle will make you want to dance! We are the house band for the Garland Grange Contradances with caller John MacIntyre.

Dromore Bay 

11 am – 3 pm

Dromore Bay is a new Celtic trio.  Sharon Pyne, on wooden flute, tin whistle, and bodhran, and Maggie Ericson, on vocals, button accordion, and guitar are joined by Hank Washburn on fiddle.

2022 Vendors Include:

Grey Goose Gourmet
Sonshine Meadows Goat Milk Soap
Dragons Breath Pottery
Yamommas Threads
The Millers Table at Maine Grains
Maine Grains, Inc.
The Good Crust, LLC
Chamberlain
Tummy Peace Brown Bread Bakery
Woodnote
The Faithful Hound
Yo Momma’s Apron Strings
Sawyer’s Maple Farm
The Scone Goddess
Sprig Woodwork
Whitehill Farm
Midsummer Night’s Meadow Farm
Just Crackers
Milton Christianson Watercolors
go-en fermented foods

 

BreadPots
Three Daughters Cookie Co
Crooked Face Creamery
The Potter’s House
Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants
NOBL Beverages
Sullivan House Bakery
Hootenanny Bread
Wholly Crow
FIORE Artisan Olive Oils And Vinegars
B&T Baked Goods
Sunshine Apothecary
USDA – Farm Service Agency
Ancestral French Soaps
The Ugly Dumpling
All About The Honey
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Maine Crisp Company
Savagesse
Hubba Hubba foods
The Bankery

 

2022 Vendor Guidlines

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
30th.
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 30th.
  • 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.

2022 Vendor Application

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

Maine Grain Alliance, Attn: Bread Fair, PO Box 1140, Skowhegan, ME 04976

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