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Bread baking supplies in Vancouver

limmitedbaking's picture

Bread baking supplies in Vancouver

Hi all, I will be in Vancouver for the next two months as part of a student exchange programme. Initially I was not planning to bake but after seeing the beautiful local produce and having discovered that my apartment comes with an oven, I am thinking of resuming my weekly bread baking routine. Most probably would be focusing on simple breads made with preferment, unless I decide to grow a Vancouver SD starter.

Anyway, I would like to tap on the expertise of Vancouver bread bakers in this forum. Any suggestions on where to pick up some decent bread baking supplies? (Was thinking of either a stone or some baking tins along with a spatula, some measuring spoons / scale and a mixing bowl to start). Since this is a short term thing, I would probably give most of the stuff away after that so I just need some decently priced and usable items to get going. Though if they work well, I don't mind lugging them back too.

Also, any other suggestions or recommendation to the Vancouver bread baking scene would be appreciated? Any flour mills, bakeries or upcoming events nearby that I should visit? Can't wait to experiment with Canadian flour and ingredients. Thanks for the help.


richkaimd's picture

IKEA and/or restaurant supply stores

Floydm's picture

Gourmet Warehouse on East Hastings has a pretty good selection of baking gear and reasonable prices.  I was just over there to pick up some brotforms.

It is a bit of a drive, but I hear the mill and store at Anita's Organics in Chilliwack is worth the trip.  I haven't been there yet myself.

It isn't directly bread oriented, but the Apple Festival at the UBC Botanical Garden is coming up and quite fun.  Sadly I am going to be out of town when it happens this year.

Have fun!  Let me know if you have other questions about Vancouver, baking oriented or otherwise.

limmitedbaking's picture

Thanks, Floydm for the suggestions. Will go and check them out this weekend. Unfortunately Chilliwack is a little far without a car.

Apple Festival sounds really interesting, if it does not rain on that day. More reason to go since I am just studying near by! 

breadsong's picture

Hello Tim,
I hope you enjoy your time in Vancouver!
Re: baking suppies,I found some good bus tubs/cambro containers for fermenting dough, at Russell Food Equipment in east Van.
Re: bakeries, here are a couple,have had the chance to enjoy their bread, once or twice:

Happy baking!
:^) breadsong


limmitedbaking's picture

Hi breadsong,

thanks for the recommendations. I tried abreadaffair's olive bread, quite a nice sourdough with plenty of olives. Will put mixthebakery on my list too!