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One noticeable difference about this year’s upcoming Crafty Bastards festival, slated for Oct. 1: food is a much bigger focus. In addition to a new crafty food market and contests to crown the best local picklers, preservers and brewers, organizers have assembled a number of local culinary industry luminaries to conduct various do-it-yourself demonstrations.

Learn to become a better brewer with Paul Rinehart of Rockville’s Baying Hound Aleworks. Perfect your pickling with former Tallula chef Barry Koslow. Get good at gelato with Dolcezza‘s Robb Duncan. Maximize your moonshine with PS7’s Gina Chrevesani. And make better bacon with preeminent pork purveyor Bev Eggleston.

More details below:

City Paper is proud to announce the first ever Crafty Bastards Farm as part of the eighth annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair.

(Washington, DC) For the first time ever, Crafty Bastards Does Food. The arts and crafts fair will extend into the realm of gastronomy, uncovering the area’s little known craft food scene. This inaugural program will feature a D.I.Y. Salon showcasing some of the area’s best culinary talent, a Crafty Food Market that explores the regions diversity of craft foods, and a Crafty Food Awards to crown the city’s best picklers, preservers, and brewers. Join us October 1st, 2011, 10am-5pm at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC for a taste of Crafty Bastards Does Food.

The D.I.Y. Salon
The D.I.Y. demonstrations will teach the essential food crafting techniques—a mixture of show, tell, and taste. Learn how to pour a cider press with Derek Brown, make bread-and-butter pickles with Barry Koslow, blend the perfect gelato with Robb Duncan and compost with Jeremy Brokowsky. Come learn from some of DC’s best culinarians.

Crafty Food Market
The on-site Crafty Food Market will feature the area’s best culinary crafters. The vendors will sample a rich blend of craft foods from across the region. SCRAP (School Community Re-Use Action Project) will be selling ‘crafty’ re-usable grocery bags and Farm-to-Desk students will be
serving up school-pressed apple cider. Come meet the crafters, taste great food, and go home with a basket full of edible wares. Crafty Food Awards powered by DC State Fair The Crafty Food Awards will crown the area’s best PRESERVERS, PICKLERS, and BREWERS. Come taste the top contenders products during the fair. Sorry, but no beer on site. And make sure to stay around for the on-site judging, it’s going to take TV food competitions to the next level. Winners will be awarded Crafty Bastards Food trophies and entrance into next year’s nationally acclaimed Good Food Awards.

For more information, please contact Nick Wiseman at craftyfoodawards@washingtoncitypaper.com or 301-509-5301.

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