Grand Central Market | Events | 5th Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival at Grand Central Market | SATURDAY JUNE 15 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Los Angeles Bread Festival is back! Get ready to carbo load as Grand Central Market hosts the Fifth Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival on June 15.
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5th Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival at Grand Central Market
June 15, 2019


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles Bread Festival is back! Get ready to carbo load as Grand Central Market hosts the Fifth Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival on June 15. The free, one-day event is a celebration of Southern California's artisanal bread renaissance and an invitation to the public to experience the many expressions of L.A. bread at its best.

The centerpiece of the festival is a pop-up marketplace showcasing local bread bakers, as well as bread-centric workshops and demonstrations.  

Family-friendly events include demos and workshops led by Grand Central Market vendors including Olio Wood-Fired Pizzeria chef Brad Kent. Additional workshops led by guest bakers help you learn how to make focaccia, pita, biscuits, challah and more. All sessions are FREE. 


11am: Babka: Delight in Swoops and Swirls by Elizabeth Belkind 
Cake Monkey
Elizabeth Belkind, Pastry Chef and Co-owner of Cake Monkey, will host a discussion of the babka's origins and rebirth, followed by a demonstration of how to make brioche and then roll, fill, shape and decorate three varieties: Chocolate Hazelnut, Vanilla Milk Glazed, and Pecan-Cinnamon & Brown Butter. A tasting of all three varieties will be available for the audience to sample following the demo.

12pm: Irish Soda Bread by Gemma Stafford
Author of Bigger Bolder Baking @gemma_stafford @biggerbolderbaking
Making bread may intimidate some bakers but you just need the right recipe to take the fear out of getting started. Join Chef Gemma Stafford, host of the hit online show, Bigger Bolder Baking, as she shares the Irish Soda Bread that she grew up on in Ireland. Discover the traditions behind this simple bread, how it’s part of everyday life in Ireland, and how it can form the basis for baking all kinds of bread recipes.

1pm:  Workshop by Chef John Pitblado
The Gourmandise School
Join Chef John Pitblado of The Gourmandise School for a delicious Swedish Cinnamon Bun (Kanelbullar) demonstration! It has been reported that each Swede eat more than 300 kanelbullars per year. Quite different than the cloyingly sweet American version, Swedish cinnamon are just sweet enough to be enjoyed any time of day and filled with a rich, complex blend of cinnamon and cardamom. Gourmandise School Chef John Pitblado, a native Minnesotan, grew up surrounded by the sweets of Norway, Sweden and Finnish. Join him and learn the secrets to creating this northern gem in your kitchen.

2pm: Bread Making With A Twist – How to Make Homemade Soft Pretzels by Brad Kent
Olio at Grand Central Market
Blaze Pizza Co-founder and Olio Wood Fired Pizzeria Owner at the Grand Central Market will demonstrate how to make soft pretzels at home. The demonstration will include a brief discussion about the science involved with bread-making and some tricks to assure your success repeating the recipe provided. Samples will be provided at this family-friendly demonstration.

3pm: Bagel Demo by Zach Liporace
Pop’s Bagels
Owner of Pop’s Bagels Zach Liporace will speak to the bagel culture in Los Angeles as a whole and how it has changed over the past decade. He will touch on how New York City has overhyped the importance of their water for marketing purposes and how the best bagels have no particular style at all and thus are able to exist without prejudice. He will also talk about his own history and experience with bagels and how it led him to change the way bagels are served (small batches, no dozens, always hot).


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