As the mainstream bakery sector gears up to promote National Bread Week, Lizzie Gore Grimes urges you to celebrate Real Bread Week (October 4-10) – just set up by a newly-established network of independent Irish craft bakers. Whether you love to slather your butter on proper tangy sourdough, nutty seeded rye or a fluffy, light-as-air blaa – join Ireland’s top artisan bakers for a week of demos, talks, tastings and more…
Bretzel Bakery, Dublin
One of Dublin’s oldest and most iconic Jewish bakeries will host a talk and tasting in the Bretzel Bakery & Café on Thursday, 8th October from 7pm onwards as part of Real Bread Week. William will share his ideas on the sourdough process and discuss well-made bread with tastings and take home goodies for everyone in the audience! Bretzel.ie
Firehouse Bakery, Delgany Wicklow
If you haven’t been to the Firehouse yet – use this as your excuse! Join baker Patrick Ryan and his team as they host an open day on Oct 7th from 9am to 12.30pm to celebrate Real Bread Week. They will share baking tips and tasters for all and celebrate the simple pleasure of eating real bread. thefirehouse.ie.
Tartine Bakery, Dublin
Tartine Bakery will be holding an open day and demo on Tuesday 6th October from 4 to 7pm. Call in and find out how they prepare and bake their organic real breads. tartine.ie
Riot Rye, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary
Open day and Demo between 3-5pm, Tuesday 6th October. Visit Riot Rye’s unique wood-fired bakery, located in Cloughjordan Eco-village. Sample some beautiful sourdough breads and learn how to maintain your own sourdough starter. Bring a container if you’d like to take some starter home with you! Joe the baker will be on-hand to answer all questions. riotrye.ie.
Scarpello & Co, Rooskey, Co Donegal
Open Morning 9.30-12.30 pm Thursday 8th October. The bakery will be open for anyone with an interest in Real Bread, come along, quiz the baker and inspect the wood oven. Because of the limited space and numbers we can accommodate please email [email protected] to let us know you are coming. Free tasters.
Seagull Bakery, Tramore, Co Waterford
Open Day on Tuesday 6th October. Come and see how a real bread baker needs very little space to supply the local community with mouth-watering bread. seagullbakery.ie
Arbutus Bread, Cork
Open day will be Sunday 4th October, 1pm – 4pm. We will have a bread demo and also pizza-making for the kids.
Ursa Minor Bakehouse, Ballycastle, Antrim
They will be opening the doors of their bakehouse from 10-12 on Monday 5th October to celebrate Real Bread week. www.ursaminorbakehouse.com
A parting note from Real Bread Ireland:
What is the definition of ‘Real Bread’?
RBI believe the gold standard to be what they define as ‘Real Bread’, a loaf of Real Bread containing nothing more than flour, water and salt with the addition of sufficient time for natural proving as nature intended. This results in a wholesome, tasty and nutritious loaf and with absolutely no hidden additives. RBI do not wish to preach or to tell anyone what they can or can’t eat but simply feel each and every one of us is entitled to know exactly what we are eating and be able to an informed choice when it comes to our Daily Bread.