(Not the best picture in the world, but it was the most beautiful drive I've done in a long time.)
The festival was delightful. There were 10-15 vendors selling their wares, from all sorts of bread (of course) to flaky, buttery croissants, pastries, and the softest pretzels I have ever sampled. Unfortunately, I left my camera battery at the hotel so no pics from the festival. Peter Reinhart also posed for a picture with all of us. :)
We returned to the hotel to admire and consume our loot.
I wish I could do this. But I'm always so afraid of my bread burning, and furthermore, I do not have a hearth oven.
After resting, we attempted to attend a seminar on French ovens, but were stymied by poor directions and Mapquest. (*shakes fist*) Instead, we came early to Chef Reinhart's seminar. He is very nice. We tasted the sprouted wheat bread before the demonstration even started. :D
100% hydrated dough! Can you imagine?
Sprouted wheat foccacia
Afterwards, I bought Chef Reinhart's American Pie and got to gush to him like a silly fangirl about how much I love his recipe for pane siciliano.
And....I'm now a tester for his upcoming gluten-free, diabetic cookbook that will be published in April 2012. I have tried two recipes so far. That, of course, is another post. :)