When we kicked off Real Bread Ireland in January this year (2015) in Highbank Organic Orchards in Kilkenny we were 6 bakers and 2 supporters with a shared vision of how things could and would be better.
We are at 42 members now with a hell of a lot of support and good wishes from all across Ireland and that deserves a small celebration 🙂
So on Wednesday 2nd in Dublin we are having an open house in The Bernard Shaw on 11 Richmond Street South, Dublin sponsored by Bretzel Bakery who are also celebrating the 15 year of William Bretzel’s custodianship of the bakery.
There will be a supply of real breads from bakers around Ireland and a chance to listen to a chat on where Real Bread is at in Ireland and UK with a discussion being run by William from Bretzel:
Especially great to have Andrew Whitley with us. He founded Village Bakery in 1976 and the Real Bread Campaign 7 years ago. He has written a number of books on baking and for bakers alone is a true legend!
As one of the supporters of Real Bread Ireland I love to help put the people who do the actual work in front of groups so that their passion can be shared and good discussions can be had on this fundamental food.
Coming up on Monday 27th April I will be hosting a Meet The Bakers event in Cooks Academy on South William Street. This will be Real Bread Irelands first “proper” exposure to people in Dublin.
Details coming up soon of an event in Dublin with 3 of our bakers sharing their bread and stories. While we are waiting for that we have slots in two great food festivals in Dungarvan and Galway.
Galway Food Festival, 2nd to 6th April 2015
Joe Fitzmaurice (Riot Rye) will be weaving his magic in Galway on Saturday 4th as he demystifies sourdough. To be clear Real Bread Ireland cannot stand over any use of spells or other skullduggery in a public place so we are a bit reluctant to promote this.
That said here are the details:
2.30pm: Joe Fitzmaurice of Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School and the Real Bread Ireland movement presents a live interactive story of sourdough bread from raw grain, through every step of the milling, making starter, fermentation & baking. With Q&A and distribution of sourdough starter (bring a vessel!).
Then on the Sunday at 11.30 in Nude Food Louise Clarke is hosting a conversation and breaking of bread where Patrick Ryan (Firehouse Bakery) and Sarah Richards (Seagull Bakery) will share their thoughts on bread, sourdough and more in a celebration of good real bread. The writer of this blog post (Keith Bohanna) will also be there but a wee bit quieter than those 3 🙂
The Foodie Forum is a an interactive one day experience which will showcase the abundance and variety of food on offer in Ireland and in particular along the West Coast. It is happening next Tuesday.
As part of the day Patrick Ryan from Firehouse Bakery is doing a two hour fermentation demo and he will also be talking about Real Bread Ireland. Timetable here.
Meantime on Saturday 7th February in Limerick Joe Fitzmaurice, Riot Rye is talking about the Common Loaf and Real Bread at the Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts. Link to their timetable here.