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April 13, 2018

International Kneading Conference relocates to KVCC campus

Courtesy / Maine Grain Alliance
Courtesy / Maine Grain Alliance
The 12th annual Kneading Conference, a two-day summit for bakers, farmers and anyone who works in the grain industry, announced that this year’s event will relocate to the Kennebec Valley Community College, Harold Alfond Campus-Hinckley in Clinton.

About Maine Grain Alliance

The Maine Grain Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 with the mission to preserve and promote grain traditions, from earth to table. The alliance promotes beneficial uses of grain for good health, food independence and purposeful jobs within viable communities. The alliance connects people and supports the economic, environmental, and nutritional importance for establishing regional grain economies.

The 12th annual Kneading Conference, a two-day summit for bakers, farmers and anyone who works in the grain industry, announced that this year's event will relocate to the Kennebec Valley Community College, Harold Alfond Campus-Hinckley in Clinton.

The two-day conference features award-winning author and baker Sarah Owens as its keynote speaker and will offer more than 60 workshops for professional and amateur chefs, heritage farmers, conservationists, brewers, oven builders, dedicated hobbyists, home cooks and bakers. A New York City-based author, baker, horticulturalist and instructor, Owens received a James Beard award for her first book, "Sourdough," which was followed by her second book, "Toast and Jam," last August.

Hosted by the Maine Grain Alliance, the kneading conference will be held at KVCC on July 26-27 and will be followed on July 28 by the Artisan Bread Fair at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds, a free festival celebrating bread, baked goods and items made at the conference.

"We are incredibly excited to welcome passionate 'grainiacs' from across the U.S., Canada and world to our signature Kneading Conference at the recently transformed Kennebec Valley Community College," Tristan Noyes, executive director of the Maine Grain Alliance, said in a news release. "This year, we have a great group of presenters who bring a wealth of knowledge and will lead engaging discussions on furthering the grain industry in New England and beyond."

Launched in 2007, the annual Kneading Conference brings together knowledgeable speakers who can address the fundamental importance of grain from farm to table and its long term economic and health benefits with farmers, professional and home bakers, brewers, chefs, cooks, grain researchers, maltsters, food entrepreneurs, wood-fired oven enthusiasts and others.

The state-of-the-art Kennebec Valley Community College property includes teaching kitchens, a food science lab, spectacular lecture halls, an outdoor wood-fired oven, and a 120-acre working farm on campus. The new 2018 location is at 677 Skowhegan Road in Clinton, only 15 miles from previous location.

Early registration is encouraged by the conference's organizers. The registration fee is $325 and includes all meals from Thursday breakfast through Friday lunch. Online registration is now open.

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