Slow Food UK joins in the first ever National Real Bread Maker Week this week, an event calling on Britons to dig out their unused bread machines and get baking real bread, or pass it on to someone who will. Held from May 1 – 9, the idea was launched as part of the Real Bread Campaign, a not-for-profit initiative organized by the charity Sustain that brings together bakers, independent millers, cereal growers, researchers and activists concerned about the state of bread in Britain.
The week will include events and activities to celebrate and promote real bread, organized by groups across the country including many Slow Food convivia. The Slow Food West Highlands & Islands convivium and Oxon convivium will be holding bread making classes, while at the Real Food Festival this weekend in London, the campaign will operate a bread machine swap shop and a competition to create the best real loaf. The campaign group is also utilizing online chat and virtual sharing networks to help people pass on their bread machines and share their recipes, stories, tips, pictures and event ideas.
“Bread is a fundamental part of our diet: 99% of UK households buy bread and 74% of us eat it at least once a day,” the campaign’s organizers explain. “Unfortunately, most of the bread we eat in Britain is made using methods that arguably have little regard for its nutritional qualities or the environmental and social impact of its production and distribution. It is vital that we all help to rescue it from remaining as the bland and adulterated filling carrier it has become.”
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For more information on Slow Food convivium activities during Real Bread Maker Week: Slow Food UK
Slow Food UK will also be present at the Real Food Festival in London, May 7 – 9.
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