Real Bread UK grain Lab Malt Cross Nottingham

Free events with UK Grain Lab and Real Bread Campaign at Nottingham’s iconic Malt Cross

The Real Bread Campaign has teamed up with UK Grain Lab and YMCA Front Room @ Malt Cross to organise a day of fringe events in Nottingham city centre.
These talks are open to everyone, not just holders of tickets to the fully-booked UK Grain Lab gathering.
Except as stated, booking is not required – simply register to attend at

Full Programme Sunday 1st May 2022


11.00 – 11.45am: Bakers’ Surgery

Nothing beats the flavour of freshly baked sourdough bread. Learn how to make your own sourdough starter and baking with wild yeast from a baking master.
We’re delighted to be hosting award-winning and internationally acclaimed baker and author, Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

Emmanuel will teach you how to create and care for your own sourdough starter culture as well as handy hints and tips to baking real bread at home. What’s more there will be there will be a Q+A session with Emmanuel following the demonstration, so be sure to come along with all your baking questions;
This session is for all skill levels – the focus is on home bakers looking to bake sourdough and wild yeast breads.
Baker, baking tutor, author and past Real Bread Campaign ambassador Emmanuel Hadjiandreou leads a short demonstration of sourdough bread making. He’ll then help to answer your questions about bread and baking.
Fully booked

12.00 – 12.45pm: Microbakery: from Home to High Street

An introduction to turning your Real Bread making hobby into a home-based business and perhaps even growing it to set up shop on the high street. Gain inspiration and advice from a panel of bakers who’ve done just that.

Each panellist will give a brief introduction to their bakery/microbakery business and their story so far. We’ll then open things up to the audience to ask questions about setting up, running and growing a microbakery. If you have experience yourself, please feel free to chip in your knowledge!
Panellists TBC. Chaired by Chris Young, coordinator of the Real Bread Campaign and author of the microbakery handbook Knead to Know…more.
Fully booked

2.00 – 2.45pm: Real Bread for All

How do we ensure that people who live with daily dilemmas about how they spend their money have the chance to choose Real Bread? What can be done to make Real Bread more affordable for people on lowest incomes, whilst ensuring that neighbourhood bakeries remain economically sustainable and neither bakers or their bread are undervalued?

Join the conversations with a panel looking beyond redistributing loaves via foodbanks and other charity/community projects. It is early days for this strand of work, there is no single solution and we by no means have all the answers. You are invited and encouraged to contribute examples of affordable Real Bread projects, schemes and business models.
Panellists TBC. Chaired by Chris Young, coordinator of the Real Bread Campaign
Booking essential. Limited to 20 places.

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3.30 – 4.00pm: Finger on the pulses (and grains)

Josiah Meldrum introduces Hodmedod’s mission to bring greater diversity of oats, barley, beans, peas and other pulses to Britain’s fields and plates. Booking essential.


4.15 – 4.45pm: Milling about

Maine Grains founder and Maine Grains Alliance co-founder Amber Lambke tells the story so far of building a mill to support a regional network of farmers, bakers, brewers, cooks and others working to revive a more local grain economy in Skowhegan, Maine. Booking essential.


17.15 -18.00pm: Diversifying our movement

Globally, people of every colour, cultural and ethnic heritage make Real Bread and enjoy eating it. This vast diversity is not being reflected currently as well as it could be in the networks of people spearheading the UK revival of non-commodity grain growing, independent milling and Real Bread making.

How do we start to change this? How do we better celebrate Black people and other people of colour in our movement, while inspiring, supporting and welcoming more people to become involved?

Though the focus of this session is the colour and ethnic heritage of people in our movement, if you feel that farmers, millers or bakers of your culture, background or other aspects of your identity are also underrepresented, please do join the conversation.

This open discussion will be chaired by Greenfield Bakers owner and past Real Bread Campaign ambassador Sonya Hundal and introduced by Real Bread Campaign coordinator Chris Young.



Malt Cross,
16 St James’s St,
Nottingham NG1 6FG

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About YMCA Robin Hood Group and Malt Cross
YMCA Robin Hood Group is a regional charity whose mission is to ensure every young person is empowered to belong, contribute and thrive together in our communities. We believe in unlocking the power of young people by creating safe environments that nurture their mind, body and spirit.

With shared Christian values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, YMCA saved the Malt Cross – a grade-II listed Victorian music hall – from closure in 2018. Thanks to immensely valued funding from HLF, the venue has been able to diversify further to deliver even more heritage experiences for local families and champion local artists through a variety of music evenings and themed events. Malt Cross is one of the few surviving examples of Victorian music halls in the UK. The building was constructed in 1877 and is a grade II listed.