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Sourdough September Lewisham Map

Check out the Lewisham Real Bread sites in the borough

2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the annual, international Sourdough September.

The ninth month of the year is when the Real Bread Campaign goes on a mission to help everyone worldwide to discover that: life’s sweeter with sourdough!

Launched in 2013, the main aims of #SourdoughSeptember are encouraging people to:

  • Bake genuine sourdough bread.

  • Buy genuine sourdough bread from small, independent bakeries

  • Boost the Real Bread Campaign, the charity behind Sourdough September.

For 12 months of the year, the Campaign promotes Real Bread in general, with September being a focal point for sourdough in particular.

Sourdough September is run as an opportunity for genuine sourdough bakers and baking teachers to showcase what they do.

It's also time to shout louder than usual 'say no to sourfaux' to alert people to this problem and help them avoid paying a premium for something that simply isn't the real deal.

Mother mother, take me where life's sweeter

  • What's going on?

  • Dough monsters

  • Sourdough Bread For All

  • Sourdough social

  • Buy Real Bread gifts

  • Get more involved

  • Promoting your event / activity

  • How was it for you?

  • Raising dough to do good

  • What is sourdough?

  • Say no to sourfaux

  • Where can I buy genuine sourdough Real Bread?

See also

  • More about sourdough and sourfaux

  • Create your own simple sourdough starter

  • The Sourdough Loaf Mark scheme

  • Places to buy genuine sourdough and other Real Bread

  • Sourdough September in the media

What's going on?

Across thirty days of sharing food, facts and fun, Real Bread bakeries, baking schools, mills, food festivals and other fermentalists around the globe run sourdough classes, tastings, feasts and more to help everyone experience and enjoy the power of sour. Click for more ideas.

Find (and ADD details of your own) Sourdough September shenanigans on the...

NB Despite us starting to nudge before the previous Sourdough September ends, many organisers don't add their events to the calendar until much closer to (and even during) September. Some don't add the details at all, so keep an eye on social media, local press and the mailing list of your favourite local Real Bread bakery, baking school etc.

Dough monsters

Something we’d love to see this year in particular is bakers sharing their love of sourdough bread making with children. One way to do is guiding kids in nurturing a sourdough starter from just flour and water, perhaps adding fun by calling the living thing they create a dough monster.

If you don’t have a child or two knocking about at home, you could contact a local school or community group to see if they want to work with you on this.

We've created a one-page guide you can print and handout.

Sourdough Bread For All

The Real Bread Campaign believes that everyone should have the chance to choose Real Bread, including genuine sourdough. One obstacle to Real Bread For All is the gap between what it costs a small bakery to make bread and what people in their community on lower incomes can afford.

We continue encouraging bakeries to consider trying out ways of subsidising at least one line of sourdough bread to offer it at a reduced price, or issuing discount vouchers to allow customers to choose.

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