SKOWHEGAN — The Maine Artisan Bread Fair is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the Skowhegan State Fairground, 33 Constitution Ave. The fair is part of the 11th annual Kneading Conference which begins Thursday at the fairground.

The conference brings together bread buffs from all over the country to learn the art and science of growing and milling grains, baking artisan breads and brewing beer.

The event will feature breads and pastries, handmade pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, handmade kitchen wares, Artisan halvah, maple syrup, jams, butter, cheese, books and equipment for baking at home, professional bakers will be available to answer questions, live music, kitchen linens, demos and Maine made foods.

The fair is 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 seven years and the offerings have grown each year. Demonstrations will range from bread baking using sourdough (with starters to take home) to tortilla making.

A children’s area will be expanding this year — children can make their own pizza, play with dough and more.

Admission is free, parking will cost $3. For more information, visit kneadingconference.com.

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