London’s Southbank Centre will play host to a celebration of real baking and bread from the 5th-7th October. This festival is being held in collaboration with the Real Bread Campaign and is being organised by festival director Yael Rose. Ms Rose is highly experienced having previously organised the hugely popular Tea and Coffee, Chocolate and Cheese and Wine festivals.
Yael is using her existing model for the Real Bread festival, and aims to create an informative yet fun environment that will allow visitors to learn while they shop, as well as being able to interact and speak with some of the best bakers in Britain including Rose Prince, Andrew Whitley, Richard Bertinet among others.
Divided into various zones to cover different aspects of Bread making, areas include ‘Breads of the World’, ‘Gluten Free’ and a children’s area, which will feature Pizza making with Brockwell Bake: children will get the chance to process sheaves of wheat through from threshing to winnowing to milling and sieving to dough mixing and finally baking.
A series of free tutored tastings, talks and demonstrations will be available in the Real Bread Cookery Theatre, coordinated by renowned chef and culinary expert Valentina Harris. Topics will include ‘Bread making: facts and myths’, ‘Bread and food matching’ and the ‘Bread Masters’, which will introduce some of the UK’s experts, who will be able to guide, advise and inspire visitors to get baking, as well as taking part in a ‘Baker’s Question Time’ which will allow visitors to get help with any baking related conundrum.
Speakers taking part in the talks and demos include Trine Hahnemann, author of The Scandinavian Cookbook and The Nordic Diet, Rachel de Thample, author of Less Meat More Veg and Maunika Gowardhan, Indian food specialist and author of the blog cookinacurry.co.uk.
A range of exhibitors will offer baking essentials, as well as a collection of freshly baked breads, cheeses, charcuterie, jams and cider, perfect for an ‘ambling picnic’. Hot food based on bread and sweet food made with flour and water such as churros and doughnuts will offer a sweet ending to a great day out.
A full list of all events and exhibitors will be announced on The Real Bread Festival