Real Bread Maker Week is back, and in its third year it’s not just about the machines. From 7-13 May, the Real Bread Campaign is encouraging the people of Britain to give a little loaf love to local Real Bread makers, be they high street bakers, machines at the back of kitchen cupboards, or those at the ends of our sleeves.
There has never been a better time to join the Campaign, with special membership offers during the week including: the chance to win Real Bread baking classes at The Brook Bakery School in Minehead (worth £195) or Cinnamon Square in Rickmansworth (worth £120); and 25% off all bread workshop and course bookings at Square Food Foundation, Bristol.
Chris Young of the Campaign said: ‘Look at TV schedules or bookshop shelves and you’ll see that Britain is in the middle of a loaf affair with baking. Real Bread Maker Week is about making sure that some of that love goes to our local luscious loaf makers.’
Open-to-all events and offers to help even more Britons kick the industrial loaf habit include: bakery.bits.co.uk putting the week’s customers’ names into a draw to win a La Cloche baking dome (worth £47.99); and gilchesters.com, marriagesmillers.co.uk and shipton-mill.com all offering discounts on flour.
The Campaign is still encouraging people to arrange open days, bread making workshops, discounts, bread machine exchanges and other activities to encourage the nation to buy or bake more local loaves of Real Bread. People can find and add full details of events and offers at realbreadcampaign.org
Once again the week coincides with National Mills Weekend on 12 and 13 May, organised by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings as a celebration of the UK's milling heritage. Many of Britain’s remaining wind and water mills will open their doors on one or both days to share with people how to make fantastic Real Bread using local and wholesome sustainably-produced stoneground flour: nationalmillsweekend.co.uk
Part of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming, and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme, the Real Bread Campaign is helping the rise of additive-free local loaves, and finds ways to make bread better for us, better for our communities and better for the planet.
Notes to editors
Special offers and events for Real Bread Campaign members include:
Open-to-all events and offers include:
More current initiatives from the Real Bread Campaign:
Local Food has been developed by a consortium of 15 national environmental organisations, and is managed on their behalf by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). Supported by the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme, Local Food has distributed grants to a variety of food related projects to make locally grown food more accessible. www.localfoodgrants.org
The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) is a registered charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, to promote conservation and manage environmental programmes throughout the whole of the UK. It has established management systems for holding and distributing funds totalling more than £20 million annually to environmental projects across the UK.
The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme was launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments. The programme funds a range of activities from local food schemes and farmers markets, to education projects teaching people about the local environment.
The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out £2 million in Lottery good cause money every 24 hours to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.
The Sheepdrove Trust also provides generous annual funding to the Campaign.