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Book now for Roots to Real Bread

Networking event to connect with inspiring Real Bread bakers and business owners.

. Credit: Sustain

. Credit: Sustain

The Real Bread Campaign and Roots to Work invite you to join current and future Real Bread professionals on Tuesday 20 February 2024 for a business networking evening at Today Bread in Walthamstow.

Whether you’re starting or developing as a professional Real Bread baker, or aspire to owning a bakery, you’ll have the chance to hear from – and chat with – flour arrangers already doing so.

Roots to Real Bread will also be an opportunity for old hands to talk with each other about current challenges and opportunities, pick each other’s brains, nod knowingly about how hard it is to find staff, grit teeth about rising costs and so on…all with people whose eyes light up (rather than glaze over) when you start banging on about bread. Again.

Find out more and book now

Advance booking is essential. We don't want cost to be a barrier to anyone joining the party, so tickets are priced on a sliding scale.

Roots to Real Bread is being run as part of Real Bread Week.

The plan

The event runs from 6-9pm, starting with a host’s welcome and introduction to Today Bread from owner Alexandre Bettler. This will be followed by short talks by:

  • Leo Maxlhaieie owner/head baker of Leo the Baker in Sevenoaks, Kent. 
  • Jackie McKinson, owner/head baker of Aries Bakehouse in Brixton. 
  • Eddy Sleiman, Real Bread Campaign ambassador and owner/head baker of Ed Baker in Lewisham.

Sareta Puri, of Sustain's good food jobs website Roots to Work, and Real Bread Campaign coordinator Chris Young, will also outline some of the work the charity does in support of small businesses.

The floor will then open for anyone to ask questions or share their own thoughts/experience, before everyone gets on with nibbling and nattering for the rest of the evening.

As the event is all about sharing, Today Bread will provide something light to eat (probably soup) and everyone is invited to BYO Real Bread for others to try.

Who's this for?

While everyone is welcome, this networking event is geared towards people who make their living from Real Bread, or are considering doing so, such as current and would-be:

  • Microbakers and small bakery owners.
  • Retail / wholesale bakers.
  • Bakery students.

Will the event be recorded?

Key to this get-together is bringing people together in the same room, which the Real Bread Campaign hasn’t done enough of in recent years. 

Though this particular event won’t be streamed or recorded, previous online events are still available to watch and we hope to do more in future.

All round to yours next time?

Do you run a Real Bread bakery, small mill, cooking/baking school, or grow grain somewhere in the UK? Fancy inviting a load of fellow Real Bread fanatics and other grainiacs round to your gaff?

Drop Chris at the Real Bread Campaign a line to discuss how we might be able to work with you to organise a Real Bread get-together. In particular, we’d love to work with people who can host events in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and other places outside London.

Published Friday 5 January 2024

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