National Festival Of Breads Planned For Wichita

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Baking enthusiasts will gather later this month in Wichita for the National Festival of Breads.

Kansas Wheat and the King Arthur Flour Company are co-sponsoring the June 15-17 event.

The public is invited on June 17th, from 9:00-3:30 at the Airport Hilton. While admission is free, donations of non-perishable food will be accepted. The donations will go to the Kansas Food Bank.

It will feature baking sessions and free exhibits. Visitors will be able to walk through a miniature "Urban Wheat Field," which will have wheat plants in various stages of growth.

Also, eight finalists from across the nation will compete in categories, including whole grain and ethnic breads. The finalists were selected from the more than 500 amateur bread recipes that were submitted online.

The grand prize is $2,000 in cash and an expense-paid trip to the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vt.

Festival of Bread Information

The Public is Invited
On June 17, the Festival is open to the public, with several free events, including:

Baking Sessions. Featuring Paula Gray, King Arthur Flour and Sharon Davis, Home Baking Association, these sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and are repeated at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each session is 60 minutes long.
Gray's topic is "Bread 101." "We'll explore the differences among wheat flours, how ingredients work, learn bread-kneading and shaping techniques, and more," says Gray, a Senior Life Skills Instructor with King Arthur Flour.
Davis will focus on "A Baker's Dozen Breads from One." "Expand your yeast bread skills to include the art and science of substitutions and additions to a basic yeast dough. We'll demonstrate how bakers include multiple whole grain flours, milk, cheeses, vegetables, and more for delicious variety breads," says Davis, Home Baking Association staff member and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.

Free Exhibits. Multiple organizations and business will have displays at the Festival of Breads "Mini Trade Show." These include: Pampered Chef, Midwest Dairy Council; Kansas Farm Bureau, the Cranberry Marketing Committee; AIB International; Farmer Direct Foods, Kansas State University Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce. Also, several artists will have displays, too, including the Kansas Association of Straw Artists and potters Steve and Jayne Frye and Carl Brothers. Finally, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will prepare and bake fresh bread on-site, sharing samples with attendees.

Urban Wheat Field. Attendees at the National Festival of Breads will have the opportunity to walk through a miniature "Urban Wheat Field," which will have wheat plants in various stages of growth with educational displays to explain how wheat gets from the field to your plate.

Watch the Contestants at Work! The National Festival of Breads finalists will prepare their bread recipes in miniature test kitchens inside the Wichita Airport Hilton Ballroom, during the Festival. Attendees will have the chance to interact with contestants at this time.

All Festival activities are free and open to the public; however, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable, canned food item for donation to the Kansas Foodbank Warehouse in Wichita. The doors open to the public at 7:30 a.m. and the Festival is finished at 4 p.m. At that time, a panel of judges will begin bread evaluation.

An awards banquet, recognizing the winners, begins at 7 p.m.

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