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educational sessions

Learn first-hand from experts in the fields of: production, processing and distribution, milling, malting, animal feed, baking, brewing and distilling. The majority of our participants are farmers and researchers/educators, but we have a seat for everyone at the table.

Jason Parker

2019 Keynote speaker

2018 Craft Distiller of the Year Jason Parker is Co-Owner and President of Copperworks Distilling Company, a craft distillery located on the downtown Seattle waterfront. Copperworks produces malt based Vodka, Gin, Cask Finished Gin, and American Single Malt Whiskey.

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Hands-on Baking sessions

Register for our Add-on Hands-on Baking sessions during the main Saturday Conference.

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Best of cascadia tasting

Each Cascadia Grains Conference ends with dinner and our Best of Cascadia Tasting, featuring regional craft brews and spirits that use Cascade grains share the values and spirit of the conference. Enjoy informal networking time and a chance to sample some of the best of Cascadia.

Friday Field Trips

Even more experiences to get first-hand knowledge from experts in their fields. From bakers to brewers, policy makers and equipment fans, the Cascadia Grains Conference Friday Field Trips have something for everyone.

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The 2019 Cascadia Grains Field Trips were on January 18th in Seattle and at various locations around Thurston County.

Brewing & Distilling Tour: Tumwater Craft

Friday, January 18, 2019 1:00pm to 6:00 pm  

Sponsored by: The City of Tumwater, Olympia-Tumwater Foundation, Singing Hops Brewing Company, Sandstone Distillery, Tumwater Warehouse District 

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Historic Brewmaster house with Singing Hops Brewing Company, Sandstone Distillery, and Tumwater Warehouse District. Pick up the bus at the Historic Schmidt House. Sample a special brew by Singing Hops Brewing Company made with locally-sourced ingredients at the historic Tumwater Brewery and Brewmaster’s House. Take a behind the scenes tour of Sandstone Distillery, followed by a Craft Crawl at the Tumwater Warehouse District. Tastings from Triceratops and Matchless breweries paried with spent-grain pretzels from 8 Arms Bakery and Ila’s hand-crafted mustard. 

Cost includes bus transportation to each site, tours and tastings. Pick up the bus at the historic Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Pl SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, in Tumwater, WA. 

Must be 21+ to sign up. 

Cost: $65 includes bus transportation and tastings.

Hands-on Baking: Basics Made Better w/ Wyld Breads

Friday, January 18, 2019 1:00Pm to 5:00 pm  

Sponsored by Wyld Bread and the Evergreen State College 

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Sourdough English Muffins and Salted Chocolate Chunk Spelt Cookies with Cortney Morentin, Baker and Owner of Wyld Bread, a whole grain enthusiast. Learn tips and tricks to make hearty, whole grain staples such as Red Wheat and Emmer Sourdough English Muffins and Spelt Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies in this hands-on class. For the English muffins, mill fresh-made flour, then make the flavor of choice: sage cheddar, dill havarti, miso maple, or create your own! Go home with the skills to make delicious Sourdough English Muffins and (almost) everybody's favorite cookie, Spelt Salted Chocolate Chunk. 

Hosted at The Sustainable Agriculture Lab at the Evergreen State College located at 2711 Lewis Road NW, Olympia WA, adjacent to the Organic Farm, west of the main campus of the Evergreen State College. 

Cost: $75 includes all materials.   

Equipment: Combine Basics

Friday, January 18, 2019 12:00pm to 4:00 pm

Sponsored by WSU Thurston County Extension and the South of the Sound Community Farmland Trust 

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Learn what you need to know to select, adjust, maintain, and operate a combine. Combines are highly efficient harvesting machines…if they are properly adjusted, maintained, and run by an experienced operator. A beginners intro to the functional parts and key adjustments such as concave clearance, fan speed for different grains, chaffer and sieve openings, cylinder speed, and much more. Comb through the major and minor working parts of several sizes and types of combines. Led by experienced grain farmers and equipment mechanics. Also take a full tour of Kirsop Farm, a diversified grain, vegetable, and livestock operation, hearing about their grain production and feed operation, and how their sheep, chicken, vegetable and grain operations fit together. 

Hosted at South Sound Community Farmland Trust at 8941 James Road SW, Rochester, WA

Cost: $45 includes warm refreshments and drinks 

London Plane Hosts: Plane Grains, A Taste of Local Grain Terroir

Friday, January 18, 2019 6:30Pm to 9:30 pm

Sponsored by London Plane, The Culinary Breeding Network.  

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London Plane Hosts: Plane Grains, A Taste of Local Grain Terroir. A collaborative dinner at the London Plane exploring the terroir of grains grown in Cascadia in celebration of the annual Cascadia Grains Conference. An intoxicating journey from seed to plate, this evening kicks off with a Variety Exploration, tasting the nuances of flavors of the same grains grown in different climates throughout our ecologically diverse state. Hosted by the Culinary Breeding Network and the London Plane, this event pairs unique courses with small-batch, locally malted brews. 

Hosted by London Plane (300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104)

Cost: $90 includes tastings and paired alcohol. 

Heritage Beer Tasting and Pairing

Friday, January 19, 2019
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Sponsored by Palouse Heritage, The Grain Shed and the South Puget Sound Community College Catering Team, The Olympia Tumwater Foundation

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Heritage Beer Tasting: Olympia! An intoxicating journey from seed to sip, explore the origins of heritage grains used to make the very brews savored during this three hour pairing. A historical tasting event exploring the complexities of heirloom grains in modern-day brews. From Fur-trade to the Pacific Railroad, your intoxicating journey will be guided by historian Dr. Richard Scheuerman (Palouse Heritage) and Joel Williamson (The Grain Shed) along with baker Rob Salvino (Damsel and Hopper) and the  South Puget Sound Community College Catering team. Hosted at the historical Tumwater Brewery Schmidt House, this event pairs unique dishes with small-batch brews made fresh with Palouse Heritage Heirloom Grains, including Sonora White, Red Russian, Scotsbere, and Purple Egyptian.

Participating breweries include Propolis Brewing (Port Townsend), Three Magnets Brewing (Olympia) and The Grain Shed (Spokane). 

Must be 21+ to sign up. 

Cost: $90 includes tastings and paired alcohol 


Resource Expo


In addition to a full program of workshops, panels and speakers the Cascadia Grains Conference features a Resource Expo with non-profit organizations,  government agencies, and sponsors that provide information and services to grain growers and end users. During meals and breaks participants are encouraged to network with knowledgable staff that will be there to hand out information.

Best of Cascadia Tasting

Copperworks Distilling

Each Cascadia Grains Conference ends with dinner and our Best of the Cascadia Tasting, featuring regional craft brews and spirits that use Cascade grains and share the values and spirit of the conference. At each conference, participants loved having this informal networking time and a chance to sample some of the best of Cascadia.

Scholarship/ Work Trade Application

We have two options for those who find the cost of the conference prohibitive: A reduced Scholarship rate of $50, or a Work Trade rate of $30 plus a 3 hour volunteer shift (morning or afternoon). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is January 1st, 2019 and applicants will be notified no later than January 10th, 2019.  Special considerations will be made to first time farmers, students, veterans, and families.

In your message please specify which shift you prefer (morning or afternoon) and what you would be willing to contribute to the Conference. (tech skills, hospitality, brute force, clean up crew, etc.)

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Accommodations & Driving Directions

Driving Directions:

From I-5 North or South: Take exit 104, onto Highway 101. Take the first exit (Crosby Boulevard) to the right. From the exit ramp, make a left turn onto Crosby Blvd.. You will cross over Highway 101, pass through one stoplight and come to the intersection of Crosby Blvd. and Mottman Road. Make a right turn onto Mottman Road and look for the next left turn, the entrance to the college. Parking is free and can be found going either left or right at the entrance.

From Highway 101 from Shelton, Aberdeen: Take the AutoMall, Crosby Blvd.exit off Highway 101. From the exit ramp, make a right turn onto Crosby Blvd. Take a right turn at the stoplight onto Mottman Road and look for the next left turn, the entrance to the college. Parking is free and can be found going either left or right at the entrance.

The SPSCC parking lots are free for all conference participants.

Public Transit & Carpooling:

Local and regional bus service is available via Intercity Transit from Seattle/Tacoma. Please utilize the Trip Planner to find appropriate routes and schedules. Greyhound also has service to downtown Olympia. The Amtrak Cascades train has a stop in Olympia/Lacey, although this train station is about 8 1/2 miles from the conference site, so you’d need to take a cab or bus to make this connection.

If you are interested in carpooling (either providing a ride for others in your area OR joining a car) please tell us your preference when you register for the conference. The conference staff will put you in touch with others in your region. Thank  you!

Nearby Hotels:

Best Western (hosting the Conference Speakers in 2017)
5188 Capitol Blvd. SE
Tumwater, WA 98501

Hotel RL by Red Lion has offered a group rate of $99 for Conference Attendees. Call 1-800-REDLION (800-733-5466) and reference the group code:  CASC0118
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Comfort Inn & Conference Center
1620 74th Avenue SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

Guesthouse Inn & Suites
1600 74th Avenue SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

Other Listings

Extended Stay America
1675 Mottman Road SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
4600 Capitol Blvd. SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Motel 6 
400 Lee Street SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

There are also plenty of accommodations in downtown Olympia or just off I-5 in Olympia/Tumwater.


2011 Mottman Rd SW,
Olympia, WA 98512

The SPSCC campus map can be accessed here.