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Throughout the event, more than 200,000 people strolled
through the Fête to watch bakers work and to buy their prod-


ucts, including thousands of school children along with their

William Leaman, team leader, Chris Herrin, Sandra Holl,
Lucas Diggle. George dePasquale,Vince Pianalto, Eileen
Howard, Randy George

teachers. It was a great honor for the United States and the
American bakers who participated, Hamelman said, noting the
importance of this annual festival and its celebration of bread.
The American bakers who participated included Sandra Holl,
Randy George, Christy Timon, as well as Carrie Brisson and
Kelsey Fairfield, both of the King Arthur Flour Bakery + Cafe
in Norwich, Vermont. Hamelman, William Leaman and Jory

Jory Downer, team leader, Tarit Tanjasiri,
Richard Sperry, Tim Christensen, Lauren Bushnell,
Laura Horner-Richardson, Louis Volle, Kim Montello

Downer served as the three team leaders.
"It was the best feeling to bring that experience to younger
bakers and to get outside and see such an extraordinary event,"
he added. "The hospitality of the French was remarkable. It

Jeffrey Hamelman, team leader, Carrie Brisson, Kelsey
Fairfield, Cheryl Holbert, Jonathan Dendauw, Carole
Ferrari, Christy Timon, Jarrett Chambers

truly was a festival and a total joining of good baking energy."
The prestigious French baguette

title. In the finals, candidates had six hours maximum, and each

This year the festival also revolved around a theme: "baguettes

had to bake on the spot in front of the audience, completing

onto the scene." Bakers were instructed to organize outdoor

40 French traditional baguettes that meet the required speci-

manifestations or offer innovations in their shop, such as new

fications. The French baker finalists were David Enguehard

baguette recipes. From May 13 to 15, the village hosted the

of Normandy, Aymeric Rousse of Occitanie and Laurent

prestigious contest for Best French Tradition Baguette. The

Encatassamy of Reunion Island. The overall champion was

competition pitted 21 bakers from 13 regions of France for the

Encatassamy, who is head of the Maïdo bakery in Saint-Paul.

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