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Real Bread Week

February 23 - March 3

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Real Bread Week is the annual, international celebration of supporting your local, independent Real Bread bakery and baking your own.

Find details of local Real Bread activities (and add details of your own) on the Real Bread Week events calendar

What is Real Bread Week?

Launched by the Real Bread Campaign in 2010 (originally as National Real Bread Maker Week), this is the annual, international celebration of Real Bread and people who make it.

Its three aims are to encourage and help people to:

  • Buy Real Bread from local, independent bakeries
  • Bake their own Real Bread at home
  • Join the Real Bread Campaign

Each year, bakeries and baking schools in the Real Bread Campaign supporter network around the world organise hold classes, feasts and other events and activities.

Bigging up little bakeries

It’s time to kick the additive-laden industrial loaf habit and support YOUR local Real Bread baker!

Small, independent, locally-owned bakeries help to:

  • Support more jobs per loaf for people in your local community – skilled jobs at that
  • Keep more money circulating in your local economy, helping to keep your high street alive

They may also offer social benefits, from being a place where older people at risk of isolation can see a friendly face and stop for a chat, to those that are set up to offer training and employment opportunities for people facing one of a range of challenges.

Don’t be fooled by so-called ‘artisan’ loaves turning up on supermarket shelves: insist on the real deal.

Doughy digits

We’re particularly keen to see more children learning to bake Real Bread, whether at home, in a bakery, baking school, nursery or in the classroom.

Not only is this great fun, but it’s a way helping them to avoid all of the artificial additives that turn up in industrial loaves. It can also be a way of steering them towards healthier food – you’d be amazed at the number of children who ‘don’t like wholemeal’ but love it when it was lovingly made by their own mitts.

NB The week isn’t about cake or loaves raised with baking powder / soda. See our defintion of Real Bread

Join the campaign

The best way to support our charity’s work is to join the Real Bread Campaign!

You don’t have to be a baker to join us – in fact, the majority of our supporters aren’t.

Support starts from £22.50 a year, that’s LESS THAN £2 A MONTH. 

As a thank you, we’ll send you an exclusive magazine each quarter and have arranged more than 100 special offers on Real Bread ingredients, equipment, baking classes and more.

Read more about why and how to join, including the benefits your receive, here.

Get involved!

Find details of local Real Bread activities (and add details of your own) on our events calendar



February 23
March 3
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