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Over 400 attend grand opening of Bread Lab

Aug 2nd, 2017 | Category: News

BURLINGTON – More than 400 people attended the grand opening of the Bread Lab on Wednesday, July 26, presented by Washington State University and the Port of Skagit.

The new 12,000-square-foot facility located at the Port of Skagit includes the research lab, milling room, commercial kitchen, and King Arthur Flour baking classes. The Bread Lab works with local farmers, business owners, and the community to develop and share information about regional grains and crop varieties, as well as create partnerships and research opportunities in the local community and larger food industry. The project, directed by Stephen Jones, started in 2008.

Washington State University President Kirk Schulz (right) greets guests at the Bread Lab grand opening. Rather than cutting a ribbon to mark the opening, Schulz and Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin broke a 6-foot baguette baked at the lab.

The grand opening came just before the annual Grain Gathering conference at the Bread Lab on July 27-29, where several hundred attendees gathered for workshops, as well as at neighboring businesses, Skagit Valley Malting, Watershed Mills, Chuckanut Brewery, and Skagit Valley College Craft Brewing Academy.

Follow the Bread Lab online at See next month’s issue for more information about the Bread Lab.

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