What To Expect

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Location:

The 2017 Grain Gathering will be held at the Bread Lab at the Port of Skagit in Burlington, Washington.  Workshops will be scheduled in the Bread Lab and the classrooms associated with the Bread Lab including the Milling Lab, the Professional Kitchen, and King Arthur Flour Baking School.  Workshops will also take place in neighboring businesses, Skagit Valley Malting, Watershed Mills, Chuckanut Brewery, and Skagit Valley College Craft Brewing Academy.

Conference Schedule:

Conference check-in begins at 12 Noon on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11966 Westar Lane, Burlington, WA 98233. The conference officially ends after lunch on Saturday, July 29, followed by optional field trips.

Choosing Workshops:

Several workshops will be offered with limited enrollment to provide a hands-on experience.  These workshops will be announced in emails and on the website schedule with instructions on how to sign up.  Enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

All registered Grain Gathering attendees are welcome to observe the “limited-enrollment” workshops.  Sign up is not required for observers or to participate in any of the unlimited workshops and panel discussions.

People at every level of baking expertise are welcome.

If your workshop concludes before others, you are invited to drop in on classes still in progress.

Weather & Clothing:

Come prepared for Northwesty weather.  It can arrive in great variety!  Warm, cold, wet, sunny, windy, gorgeous, and that’s only Day One. Bring your sun hat, rain gear, warm sweater, down jacket, short sleeves, long pants, comfortable shoes and rolled up sleeves. Plan on anything and everything – meals in a tent while the wind blows, workshops on the grass while the sun shines, walks through the fields in search of early morning birds.  We recommend casual, comfortable work clothes that won’t mind the possibility of a few mud and dough splatters, depending on the schedule you choose.

Sun Protection:

Some workshops and demonstrations are staged outside under the sun.  Please bring hats and sun protection.

Water:

Please bring your own water bottle to help reduce the use of throwaway cups.  Bottles can be easily refilled in the Bread Lab.

Food:

All food will be provided beginning with a delicious dinner on Thursday, July 27th, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  Our caterers work with local farmers to provide the Grain Gathering with a daily choice of wholesome and delicious regional foods.  Most of our pastries and breads will be prepared in production workshops led by some of the country’s best bakers.  Please let us know if you have food allergies or concerns.

Bicycles and Buses:

The Port of Skagit maintains miles of designated walking paths that connect the classrooms (about a five to ten minute walk apart) and many of the areas within the Port.  If you prefer not to walk, buses will be provided for your comfort, and bicycle racks will be stationed at the Grain Gathering venues in case you bring a bicycle to the conference.

Internet:

Internet access is available in the Bread Lab.

Children:

We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 16.

Questions:

Please contact Wendy Hebb, 360 707-1914, wendy.hebb@wsu.edu.

Washington State University