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It is funded by membership fees, donations and charitable grants.
Please remember: sourdough's not just for September!
The ninth month of the year is when the Real Bread Campaign goes on a mission to help everyone discover that: life’s sweeter with sourdough!
From 1-30 September, Real Bread bakers everywhere organise their own local events and activities to help share sourdough secrets and demystify the delicious delights of the oldest way of raising a loaf.
Across thirty days of sharing food, facts and fun, Real Bread bakeries, baking schools, mills and food festivals around the UK and beyond will be running sourdough classes, tastings, feasts and more to help everyone experience and enjoy the power of sour.
Highlights in 2014 include:
To give you a taste of what else you might be able to expect this year, here are some highlights of the first Sourdough September in 2013.
To be kept up to date with the latest details, and to support us being able to run more events like this in the future, please join the Real Bread Campaign and we'll send you Breadcrumbs, our monthly enewsletter.
You can find - and add your own - events to our calendar here.
The School of Artisan Food are offering their fellow Real Bread Campaign supporters the chance to win a place on their introductory two-day wild yeast and sourdough course with Campaign ambassador Emmanuel Hadjiandreou on 25 & 26 October. You can read full details of the course here.
Five runners up will receive a copy of Campaign cofounder Andrew Whitley's latest book, Do Sourdough from The Do Book Company.
To enter, you just need to answer a simple question.
The winner will be picked from all correct entries received between 1 and 30 September 2014.
Using a sourdough starter is the original (and some would say still the best) form of rasing a loaf of Real Bread.
Now, we're not talking the par-baked things that get rebaked in some supermarket loaf tanning salons, or other suspicious substitutes made using dried sourdough powder and commercial bakers' yeast....quite possibly with a lacing of artificial additives, and even hidden processing aids, to boot.
We mean genuine sourdough Real Bread made with as little as just flour, water and salt, plus time and care to nurture yeasts and bacteria (which are naturally present in all flour) to leaven luscious loaves.
In the hands of skilled, local, independent bakers, what is the oldest and simplest recipe for Real Bread can also become the most delicious.
There is also growing evidence of possible health benefits, too...
For much more about sourdough, click here.
It is both flattering and frustrating that some supermarkets and industrial loaf fabricators have spotted the increasing appetite for sourdough made by Real Bread bakers, and decided they want a slice of the action.
Sadly, what they are producing is not always genuine sourdough.
The 'ingredients' industry is busy concocting 'easy' and 'quick' packet mixes that try to replace time, skill and quality ingredients with a litany of flavourings, acidifiers, artificial additives, commercial yeast and allsorts.
Read labels, ask questions
Whenever you buy a sourdough loaf, it's worth asking how it was made and with what - genuine sourdough is made using a live sourdough culture (aka a starter or leaven) but NOT any of the following:
Baked products made using such things are what Real Bread Campaign cofounder Andrew Whitley calls pseudough.
Protection from misleading use of the word sourdough is included in our call for An Honest Crust Act.
If you have seen something sold under the name 'sourdough' that you just know isn't, take a photo of the ingredients list and the marketing claims and post them on Twitter during September using the #sourfaux hashtag.
You can find more than 100 places to learn to bake Real Bread on our classes and courses page, many of which share the secrets of sourdough.
Many also offer discounts to Real Bread Campaign members.
To seek out places to buy genuine sourdough Real Bread near you, visit our Real Bread Finder and check what sorts of loaves they've listed.
Real Bread Campaign supporters can download artwork to promote their events/activities.