Sourdough September

There are many ways to bake real bread yet the one closest to many of our hearts is sourdough.

During September many of our baker members (all of the ones listed below) will be giving away sourdough starters so you can bring it home and bake your own. They will also have a really easy to follow recipe for you too.

> Click this link: Realbread Rising Recipe 27 Aug Version to download the recipe. <

> Click this link: Realbread Rising Starter and Maintaining to learn how to make your own starter <

For those of you who prefer to watch a video while figuring new recipes out check out RiotRye’s page here. The starter and sourdough recipe are a little different but a lot of the underlying techniques are exactly the same so it should help you.

Sourdough (to borrow a definition from our fellow real bread bakers in the UK) is a name for a mixture (dough or batter) of water and cereal flour containing a culture of naturally occurring yeasts and lactic acid bacteria. It is often also used to name breads and pancakes made using such a culture.

Starter is the first baffling piece of the sourdough puzzle – it is the mixture referred to above and is heaving with live goodness :-).

These two fine examples from Firehouse Bakery and Riot Rye.

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Participating Bakers

(you can also see them on this Google Map of the bakers in our network.)


  • Adriana’s Sourdough, Scarriff
Best to call/ring the day before 089 443 2793 and not to forget bring own jar and smile 🙂
Our Address:
Sellernaun West

Co. Cork

  • Stuffed Olive, Bantry

We will have our starter available every Wednesday to be collected at The Stuffed Olive together with a recipe.

  • Ali’s Kitchen, Cork

Message Ali on their Facebook Page and collect the following day 🙂

  • The Natural Foods Bakery, Cork

Our sourdough starter will be available in the Pierhead, Blackrock, Cork branch of The Natural Foods Bakery for the month of September.  Our opening hours (in Blackrock) are 8-6 Monday to Friday, 9-4 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday.

Co. Donegal

  • Lemon Tree Restaurant, Letterkenny
They are giving out free pots to anyone who wants a ready to go starter before 12pm every Thursday in September (1st 8th 15th 22nd and 29th) – please bring along a sealable container to put yours in.
Also Chris Molloy will be baking every Thursday and have the door opened ( we don’t normally open until 5pm) so that customers can come in ask questions, try some sour dough and take away a starter to try bake some at home.


  • Scarpello & Co. Donegal

Scarpello & Craft bakery will be taking part in Sourdough September by giving out free sourdough starter & recipes at both our Saturday markets throughout the month of September.

Harrys Market Bridgend 10.30-1pm
Ramelton Country Market 11-12.30pm


  • Bread Naturally, Raheny

will have starter available for anyone who comes in to the bakery – Bread Naturally, 10a Main Street, Rahney, Dublin 5.

  • Fallon & Byrne, Dublin

On Saturday 24th September, Nicolas our head baker will be in the Food Hall between 12-2pm. He will share samples of his special sourdough starter as well as answer customers’ questions.

Co. Galway

  • Jeremiche Artisan Bread, Galway

Contact Jeremiche on his Facebook or Twitter accounts and he will organise getting some of his starter to you.

Co. Kilkenny

  • Spelt Baker, Kilkenny

They will be giving away starter at the Farmers Market in Kilkenny every Thursday and the Carlow Farmers Market each Saturday during September.

  • Rive Gauche, Kilkenny

Call into this Kilkenny Restaurant on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s during September and Eoin Jenkinson will share his starter and sourdough recipe with you

Give Mags Morrissey a call or send a text on 087 2996540 and you can arrange to pick up starter from her any day from Saturday through to Wednesday.

Mags is also doing a demo on Saturday 10th September in kitchen in Community Hall, Thomastown 10am. She will be giving away starter then too. Give her a call or send a text on her number above to book a place.

Co. Mayo

  • Breadski Brothers, Castlebar

If you call their number in Castlebar – 094 902 7641 – at least one day in advance and pre-order your starter they will then agree on collection time from their bakery which is at Unit 14, Breaffy Business Park, Castlebar, Ireland

  • Becca’s Bakery, Westport 

Pick up from their shop – Becca’s Bakery, Lower Peter st, Westport.


  • Matilda’s Bakery. Monaghan

You can pick up starter from the bakery any day between Tuesday and Saturday

Co. Sligo

  • My Strandhill Bakery, Sligo

Sourdough starter can be obtained in Strandhill from the Dunes tavern on Top Road every day after 5pm, just ask the barmen for your free starter and a pint for courage 😉

Also on 18th September at Strandhill People’s market.

  • Pudding Row, Easkey

People can call in to get their starter from the 21st of September, just email or call to reserve their starter and collect from them in Pudding Row.

Pudding Row, Main St., Easkey, Co. Sligo

Co. Tipperary

  • RiotRye, Cloughjordan

I’ll be sharing starter as usual on Saturday in the Global Green area of the Electric Picnic (3rd September).
I’ll also be showing the growing global community baking and sharing ‘The Common Loaf’ and recipe, espousing the greatness of sourdough.

Co. Waterford

  • Seagull Bakery, Tramore

Text 0879210534 or Facebook message Seagull Bakery for starter. And collect from market on Saturday morning in Tramore

Or when our new shop opens (hopefully mid Sept) anytime during opening hours. See our Facebook page for details

  • Ardkeen Quality Food Store, Waterford

Every Saturday in September 11am -1pm – Ardkeen Quality Food Store will be sampling their sourdough breads, and their baker Ceara will be available to talk to customers & give tips . They will also be giving away starter on first come first serve basis (stocks are limited)

  • Larder, Waterford

They will have starter available in the store each day during September.

  • Barron’s Bakery, Cappoquin

You can collect starter from them every Tuesday during September.

Co. Wicklow

  • Firehouse Bakery, Delgany

Rise up and bake. Join the realbread rising. Throughout the month of Septemeber we will be offering sourdough starter to anyone who wants some. Just drop by our bakery in Delgany anytime between 8.30 and 5 and pick up your sourdough starter.

We will also have for you a recipe to help you get started as well as information on how best to maintain your sourdough starter.

  • Happy Pear, Greystones

Every Wednesday during September we will be offering our sourdough starter on a first come, first served basis. Just drop into our shop in Greystones and pick up your starter and a Happy Pear recipe to get you started!

Northern Ireland

  • GoYeast, Newtownard & Belfast

They will be giving away sourdough starter at Comber Market on the 1st of September and the Inns Market in Belfast at the end of September.

  • Kim Close, Belfast

Kim is running a bread course at Colin Glen Allotments and Healthy Living Centre on Saturday 17th September 10-4.She will have starters to give out at the end of the event 4-5.

  • Black Quarter Breads, Magherafelt

Anyone interested in a free starter from Black Quarter Breads can get it by getting in contact with me on my Facebook page, collecting it from Black Quarter Breads or The Auction Room, Maghera.

Sourdough starter plus instructions will be available from Blackthorn and Willow, 2 Castle Street, Glenarm, Co. Antrim BT43 7JD throughout September.