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February 23, 2024

How Can You Celebrate & Contribute to the Change?

What is the Real Bread Week?

Real Bread Week is a campaign that aims to bring awareness of ‘real good bread’ in Britain and create a difference in our surroundings by supporting, baking and buying ‘real bread’. Real Bread Week is celebrated on the last Saturday of February every year since 2010. This week celebrates additive and preservative-free bread made from flour, water, yeast and salt. This event celebrates real bread and the artisans who craft it and offers a unique opportunity for people to connect with their food, support local bakeries, and contribute to positive change within the food industry.

History of the Real Bread Week

1. Origin of Real Bread

The origin of real bread can be traced back to at least 10,000 years ago when ancient civilisations mixed flour and water to create a form of flatbread in the Middle East.

2. Invention of Leavened Bread

The invention of leavened bread was a great milestone in bread-making history. The discovery of yeast and its use for the process of fermentation helped the creation of fluffier and lighter bread. This also led to the start of making sourdough bread in around 1300s B.C.

3. Invention of Sandwich

Sandwich was discovered in England in 1762 by John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who ate meat between two slices of bread.

4. Industrialisation

Later, during the 19th century, The Industrial Revolution took place, and after advancements in technology, mass production of bread in different forms and flavours started.

5. Real Bread Campaign

In recent years, fuelled by health concerns, people have started focusing on maintaining healthier diets free from artificial flavours and preservatives, and as commercial white bread is laden with artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners, additives and harmful preservatives, people started reviving real bread, which is free from these harmful substances. This attempt to revive real bread gave birth to the Real Bread Campaign, which was started by the Sustain Alliance in November 2008. As a part of the Real Bread Campaign, Real Bread Week is celebrated every year among schools, community groups, baking schools, bakeries and even by locals at home, where people host events and do creative activities like real bread making, etc.

What Can You Contribute to This Change?

This week is not only about celebrating real bread making; it is about learning what real bread is, understanding why it is essential to eat real bread, and spreading awareness about real bread in your circles. Here are a few ways in which you can contribute to this change:

1. Learn About Real Bread

Real bread isn’t just food; it’s a cultural heritage, a symbol of craftsmanship, and a celebration of natural ingredients that are healthy and safe. Take some time during this week and learn about the history and importance of real bread. Learn how this little change in your diet can impact your health.

2. Bake Real Bread

What would be a better way to celebrate real bread than eating freshly baked real bread? Get recipes online and start by making a fresh loaf of real bread. You can create a simple sourdough bread or comforting whole wheat bread and experience the goodness of real bread.

3. Buy Real Bread from Local Bakeries

This Real Bread Week, you can celebrate by buying real bread and treating yourself with the goodness of natural ingredients.

4. Support Local Bakeries

Another great way to celebrate real bread and the art of real bread making is by appreciating and supporting those who indulge in real bread making. Support local bakeries and small businesses that create real bread free from harmful chemicals and additives today.

5. Spread Awareness

Last but not least, use your voice to spread awareness about the importance of real bread to help others know the benefits and also encourage your friends, family and community to support local bakeries.

The Bishops Bakery

Experience the exceptional taste of a freshly bake loaf of bread made from organic, high-quality ingredients, baked with authentic recipes and served fresh from the oven. We offer a range of bread, including sourdough, rye bread, low G.I. bread, and power bread. Visit us or order online and treat your taste buds with scrumptious flavours!

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