From the folks who brought you the world’s largest s’more at Winter S’morestice comes a new celebration at Camp Meade in Middlesex — the Great Vermont Bread Festival.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Great Vermont Bread Festival will feature some of Vermont’s best-known bread makers, plus bread samples, kids’ events, artists, workshops, music, demos, beer and food trucks, hands-on learning and more.
Bread makers and bakers will demonstrate their skills while informing and regaling guests with their stories and experiences. There will be a book shop hosted by Bridgeside Books, and panels of farmers that grow the grains and millers and bakers.
Featured bakers include Jeffrey Hamelman, a luminary in the bread world and longtime Vermonter who wrote “Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques” — one of the most well-respected books on bread baking — and previously owned a bakery in Brattleboro, was the baking education director at King Arthur Flour from 1999-2017, and still teaches baking around the world. Others include Suzanne Slomin of Green Rabbit Bakery in Waitsfield; Charlie Emmers of Patchwork Bakery in East Hardwick; Becca Reiger, a teaching assistant at King Arthur Flour in Norwich; Jim Williams, who mills all his own flour, Scott Medellin from Slowfire Bakery in Jeffersonville; and a team from August First Bakery in Burlington.
A new outdoor wood-fired bread oven for community baking will have its inaugural firing at the festival; fresh loaves will emerge from the oven every hour, with all the toppings you can imagine: cheeses, butters, aioli, pesto, tapenades, peanut butter and jelly, charcuterie, sandwich ingredients and more.
An a la carte French toast breakfast runs from 8 to 11 a.m.
“Bakers Olympics” activities will include baguette shaping, tiny croissant making, and roll making for kids.
The party continues at night with music and “liquid bread” — beers made by local brewers using barley grown and malted here in the Green Mountain State, sponsored by Peterson Quality Malt.
The live music lineup:
9 a.m. Dark Star Project
1 and 4 p.m. Linda Bassick
3 p.m. Daniel Gaviria
6 p.m. Lowell Thompson & Michael Chorney
8 p.m. Kat Wright and friends
Information: thegreatvermontbreadfestival.com, campmeade.today.