Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers’ Festival back for 13th year

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Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers’ Festival back for 13th year

Plenty to taste, learn during two-day event

The Biblical saying is that ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,’ but with so many great bakeries in Asheville it could be possible.

For the past 13 years there has been a celebration of those local bakers and their breads. The Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers’ Festival returns on May 6 and 7 at the Magnolia Building at Asheville–Buncombe Technical Community College.

Its an event that brings together millers, bakers, and bread lovers to celebrate Asheville’s vibrant baking community.

The two-day event gives those of us who love breads (you know who you are) the chance to break bread with professional bakers, improve on your baking skills and share ideas.

Peter Reinhart, who is one of the big names coming to the event and is the author of several bread books, said that “Asheville and its surrounding area, with a very small population, supports more artisan bakeries than most states, so this really is an ideal setting for this festival. The bakeries are small but truly artisan in the purest sense of the word.”

On Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 15 artisan bakers will be sampling and selling their breads at the Magnolia Building. There will be plenty of workshops (cost is $15) and a Saturday evening dinner ($50).

For more information, check out their website for a schedule.

Jason Gilmer

Jason Gilmer is a national award-winning writer living in Asheville. He spent a decade as the prep sports writer at the Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal and has written one book, "Where Champions Play: Spartanburg County Prep Football." He's been writing about the Asheville music scene for several years and contributes to magazines in North and South Carolina.

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