UNITY — Bread & Brews, a celebration of Maine-grown grain, is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 294 Crosby Brook Road.

The event will be hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Grain Alliance. It will highlight the people and businesses who use Maine-grown grains — while inviting participants to enjoy the fruits of their labor, according to a news release from the association.

Workshops and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the afternoon, which are included in the Bread & Brews ticket price. Participants can learn how to make Somali muufo from corn grown by the Somali Bantu Community Association; cook traditional ployes using tartary buckwheat; brew homebrew with Central Street Farmhouse; and malt grains with Blue Ox Malthouse.

A pre-event workshop, Pizza at Home and in the Pub: Committing to Local Grains, will be led by the alliance.

“Over the past decade, Maine’s grain economy has benefited immensely from collaborations between the baking and brewing communities. Bread & Brews is an opportunity to celebrate these successes together,” said Tristan Noyes, executive director of the alliance.

Pizza, bread and bagels will be for sale because of The Uproot Pie Co., Vesper Bread and Spark Bagel. Popsicles and shaved ice made with whole fruit will be available from Paleta Guy.


Ten-plus breweries will be pouring tastes of their new brews. Event goers can taste lagers, gruits, stouts and IPAs from breweries from Portland to Cambridge to Ellsworth, including Oxbow, Flight Deck and Lake St. George Brewing. These breweries use Maine-grown grain and hops in their brews — along with other local ingredients.

GoldenOak, an indie soul-folk band from Portland whose new album is called “Room to Grow,” will perform at 5 p.m. The Gawler Family Bottomfeeders, a trio of multi-instrumentalists sharing folk tunes and three-part harmonies, will perform at 3 p.m.

Home bakers and home brewers have opportunities for sharing their craft. They can bring extra sourdough starter to share with others who may be new to baking, or bring home brewing questions to a workshop led by Central Street Farmhouse, a brewing supply store in Bangor, beginning at 4 p.m.

Tickets cost $50 (beer tasting included) and $25 (without access to the beer tasting), with discounts for association and alliance members. The pre-event costs $25.

Children are welcome (except in the beer-tasting room), and those younger than 12 get in free; this is a family friendly event.

The event also is seeking volunteers. All volunteers receive a complimentary base-level ticket with the option to purchase access to the beer-tasting portion of the event.

For more details, visit mofga.org.

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