Taste exceptional breads and show your support for artisan bakers during this widespread June 25 event.
by Bakery Boy
If you enjoy fresh-from-the-oven breads—crusty, aromatic, well-fermented, and hearth-baked by bakers who care dearly about making perfect loaves—then mark June 25 as a high holiday on your calendar.
That’s the day the Bread Bakers Guild of America—an organization that fervently supports the artisan baking community everywhere—presents a massive International Bakery Open House involving 55 bakeries in 26 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and Ireland.
Artisan breads ranging from simple baguettes and pain au levain to more complex sourdoughs, focaccia, multigrain, raisin-walnut, and other hearty, chewy, flavorful variations will take center stage at many participating bakeries. Also expect to sink your teeth into flaky croissants, moist Danishes, delicate brioches, still-warm cookies, and other specialties of the house at some locations.
Most places will present tasting samples and many will offer tours, baking demonstrations, lectures, music, recipe handouts, grain-grinding exhibitions, contests, raffles, and other baking-oriented fun—all aimed at educating the public about artisan-baking concepts.
A BAKERY NEAR YOU? With 55 artisan-quality bakeries joining in, maybe one is close to you. Among those involved are:
Grateful Bread Company, Sacramento, CA
Pagosa Baking Company, Pagosa Springs, CO
Bantam Bread Company, Bantam, CT
Joanna’s Marketplace, Miami, FL
Panhandle Artisan Bread Company, Moscow, ID
Bennison’s Bakery, Evanston, IL
Woodstar Café, Northampton, MA
Against the Grain Bread Company, Chestertown, MD
Eden Valley Bakers, Fryeburg, ME
Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Ann Arbor, MI
Patisserie 46, Minneapolis, MN
Dakota Harvest Bakers, Grand Forks, ND
Vintage Baking Company, North Conway, NH
Soutine Bakery, New York, NY
Skirtz & Johnston, Cincinnati, OH
Deux Chats Bakery, Ashland, OR
Baker Street Bread, Philadelphia, PA
Seven Stars Bakery, Pawtucket, RI
Artisan Baking Company, Fort Worth, TX
Albemarle Baking Company, Charlottesville, VA
Red Hen Baking, Middlesex, VT
Breadfarm, Edison, WA
Beyond Bread Artisan Bakery, Vancouver, BC
Ryan’s Arbutus Bread, Cork, Ireland
[For a complete list of participating bakeries, where they’re located, and what they’ll offer on International Bakery Open House day, see the Excel spreadsheet posted at the Bread Bakers Guild of America web site, www.bbga.org]
BREADVILLE USA The International Bakery Open House is one of many Guild-sponsored events that make up a yearlong series dubbed Breadville USA: Exploring Local Baking in America. It’s all part of the Guild’s mission to shape the skills and knowledge of the artisan baking community through education. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here or visit www.bbga.org
ABOUT THE BBGA Based in Sonoma, California, the Bread Bakers Guild of America is a nonprofit organization comprised of professional bakers, farmers, millers, suppliers, educators, students, home bakers, technical experts, and bakery owners and managers who work together to support the principle and the practice of producing the highest quality baked goods. It was formed in 1993 to shape the skills and knowledge of the artisan baking community through education. The guild has more than 1,300 members 12 countries, including the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
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