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Mill City Museum (MN) to Hold Science of Wheat and Flour Presentation as Part of Annual Bread Festival

Date Posted: September 7, 2012

Mill City Farmers Market will be celebrating its 2nd Annual Bread Festival sponsored by Gold Medal Flour on Sat., Sept. 22.

As part of the festival, Mill City Museum will host a presentation on the "Science of Wheat and Flour" at 1 p.m.

The presentation is included with the price of admission of $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for MHS members.

Join members of the Grain and Flour Quality Lab of General Mills as they explain how Minneapolis' tradition of high-quality wheat flours, begun in the 19th century, continues today as visitors see demonstrations about wheat and flour quality testing and its effects on baking.

The presentation will cover the role of the Grain Lab in the wheat and flour industry, followed by a baking demo featuring bread samples. The presentation will include time for questions.

The Grain and Flour Quality Lab

The Grain and Flour Quality Lab of General Mills is based at the Riverside Technical Center in Minneapolis.

It is the central testing lab for the General Mills Flour Milling Division, which produces consumer flour and all of the flour used as an ingredient in General Mills/Pillsbury products.

The Lab oversees the production and use of nearly 4.5 billion pounds of flour annually and works with all aspects of wheat flour milling, from the field to the fork.

Mill City Farmers Market 2nd Annual Bread Festival

The Mill City Farmers Market and Mill City Museum are collaborating once again to create an exciting celebration of bread baking in America.

This will be the second annual event spotlighting the nourishing tradition of bread baking set in the Twin Cities’ historic milling landmark, the Mill City Museum.

The festival will combine educational events at the Market, outdoor baking demonstrations, bread baking competitions judged by a panel of bread experts and more.

For more information visit

About Mill City Museum

Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, the award-winning Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis.

The story comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower, Water Lab, Baking Lab and other hands-on exhibits.

The museum is located at 704 S. Second St. in Minneapolis.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The site is also open Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August.

For more information, call 612-341-7555 or visit

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