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Maine
Artisan Bread Fair

Directions

Information

2019 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 31st, 2021

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.

Workshops at the Bread Fair

Savory and Breakfast Bialys

Join founder of The Good Crust, Heather Kerner in a hands-on experience making savory and breakfast bialys from her signature pizza dough.  Learn time-saving techniques that can be reproduced to please a crowd, whether at home, for your restaurant, or bed and breakfast guests.  While they originated in Bialystok, Poland in traditional Jewish bakeries, bialys are hailed as a staple in Brooklyn, NY…but who says we can’t make delicious ones in Maine using our own regional grains?    A flat, round baked roll with a depressed center topped traditionally with onion, Kerner will demonstrate dough handling, filling, and embellishing techniques to create memorable bialys yourself.

When: Saturday, July 31st from 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Where: The Maine Artisan Bread Fair, Skowhegan State Fairgrounds

Cost: $20

Register Here 

Heather Kerner is the founder and maker of The Good Crust, a small-batch artisan dough company featuring the grains of Central Maine’s own grist mill, and with a social mission to help people with disabilities to enter the workforce.  She is an Occupational Therapist,  experienced home baker, and identical twin to Maine Grains CEO, Amber Lambke. A signature accomplishment, Kerner has formulated an extensible sourdough pizza dough, used for high volume wood-fired pizza programs, made with 100% Maine Grains.  www.thegoodcrust.com
go-en

Cultivating Koji at Home

Koji is the cultured grain responsible for such foods as; miso, soy sauce, rice vinegar, amazake, and sake, just to list a few.  It is a filamentous fungus grown on grains and has been recognized as the national mold of Japan.  Koji creates a powerhouse of enzymes that can be incorporated into many traditional and nontraditional applications.  Come learn what it’s all about and take a peek down the rabbit hole that is koji.
In this workshop, we will discuss the many uses of koji and go over basic techniques for cultivating koji on your own, including discussion on using varied grain substrates, incubation chambers, and more.

When: Saturday, July 31st from 9 am-10am

Where: The Maine Artisan Bread Fair, Skowhegan State Fairgrounds (Bingo Hall)

Cost: $15

Register Here 

Nicholas Repenning is one of the co-founders of go-en fermented foods, a small fermentory in Whitefield, ME.  At go-en, we produce traditionally fermented Japanese foods with a primary focus on koji and miso.  To learn more about go-en and what we do visit our website at www.goenfermentedfoods.com

 

Live Music at The Bread Fair

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.

2021 Vendors

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils And Vinegars
Apple Tree Bakery
Crooked Face Creamery
MOFGA
P & C Pottery
Maine Sea Salt
Ancestral French Soaps
B&T Baked Goods
Kabayan Philippine Foods
Hostetler’s Bakery and Farm Stand

2021 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
31st.
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.
  • ABFTS 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. Do not fill puddles with hay or shavings.
  • Vendors must be set up and ready by the start of the fair at 9:00 AM, Saturday, July 31st.
  • 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.

2021 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

Weather protection is your responsibility. Multiple spaces will be available outside. Anyone with an outdoor booth may relocate under the grandstand in the case of rain.