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Thursday, July 27 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Keynote Address | How Cultures Shape Culture: Clusters, identity, and tasting the difference | Francis Percival
Drawing on his work on farmhouse cheese around the world, Francis will ask why some regions have thriving communities of small scale producers, while others—even within the same country—are dominated by industrial production? What is the relationship between end product and farming system? And how can we best direct and fund research on the problems unique to small scale production? Most importantly, are these differences consumers actually can taste?

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Francis Percival

Writer, Author, Teacher, The World of Fine Wine
Francis Percival writes on food and wine for The World of Fine Wine. His work won Louis Roederer Best International Wine Columnist in 2013 and Pio Cesare Food & Wine Writer of the Year in 2015. | | Apart from The World of Fine Wine, his work has appeared in Decanter and the Financial Times in the UK and Culture, Saveur, and Gourmet in the US. With Bronwen Percival he is the coauthor of Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese, forthcoming from the University of California Press in September 2017. | | Besides writing, Francis also teaches classes for... Read More →

Thursday July 27, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Skowhegan State Fairgrounds 33 Constitution Ave, Skowhegan, ME 04976