Delicious bagels, floral workshops and indie winter markets are in store as Bread Flower brings alternative festivities to Kampus this month.
Headed by baker Maya Black and florist Scarlett Jamieson, Bread Flower will stage a full-on festive takeover of the Bungalow at the garden neighbourhood from 26th November, featuring a café, florist, bagel shop and packed event calendar.
Open from Thursday to Sunday in the lead up to Christmas, there’ll be something for everyone during the ‘Merry Kampus’ residency. The café will be serving up topped open bagel sandwiches to eat in or take away, alongside a changing list of specials like salt beef bagel sandwiches and bagel French toast.
Bags of sourdough bagels available by the half or full dozen until they sell out. There will also be bouquets, wreaths and table centrepieces available for pre-order, as well as smaller bunches available in store.
The duo’s much-loved bundles – that proved a hit during their original stint at Kampus – are also back, bringing together freshly-baked bagels, schmears (flavoured cream cheese) and hand-tied flowers.
The bundles now include Manchester Smokehouse salmon as standard alongside a vegan option with carrot lox (vegan ‘smoked salmon’). There is a range of Christmas morning hampers also joining the line-up with added extras like sparkling wine from Le Social, Blossom Coffee and sticky buns, which are available to pre-order for collection on 23 and 24 December.
Throughout the residency there will be an optional £1 added to each bill at the Bread Flower café which will be donated to Wood Street Mission which helps support families living on a low income in Manchester and Salford.
The Hanukkah-inspired supper club in collaboration with Le Social will be a night of food, wine, storytelling and games with a menu of traditional dishes in an intimate setting, whilst Indie Winter Markets will bring together local independent traders like Beaches and Cream, Shy Seagull and Prestwich Gin for Christmas gifts that can’t be found on the high street.
Guests can also get consciously creative with floristry workshops running throughout December, be it wreaths, table centrepieces or a special session on ditching the plastic for sustainable Christmas decorations.
After all that, people are likely to need a breather. Yin Yoga with Emma from Thorlby Yoga will provide some rest and respite from the Christmas chaos (albeit with some mulled wine, festive food and socialising for good measure).
Maya Black, at Bread Flower, said: “We’re really looking forward to opening the Bread Flower café in the Bungalow. Kampus has been a home for us for a few months now, hosting various events like our supper clubs and yoga brunch, and of course delivering our bundles, but this four-week residency will be bigger and better than anything we’ve done before.
“We’ve got lots of lovely festive events lined up, like our Hanukkah supper club, Indie Winter Markets with wonderful local traders and weekly floral workshops too; offering what we hope is a genuine independent alternative for shoppers with delicious produce and unique gifts.”
The Bread Flower Café will be open at the Bungalow Thursday and Friday (8am – 2pm), Saturday and Sunday (10am – 4pm) from Friday 26 November 2021 until the end of January.
The Bread Flower events and workshops programme will include:
Wreath Making Workshop
Wednesday 1st December, 6.30pm
Create your very own wreath to hang proudly on your door during the festive season. In this workshop, Scarlett will take you through the basics of creating your own festive wreath. Choose from the foliage provided to create a wreath that is truly your own. All materials are provided. Plus, all attendees will enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate and a festive bake. £45pp.
Hanukkah Supper Club
Friday 3rd December
A supper club exploring the culture, traditions and of course the food behind the Jewish festival of light. Guests will learn about the miracle of Hanukkah and why Jews eat deep fried foods during this eight day festival. The supper club menu will be a series of small plates including latkes (fried potato pancake) topped with sour cream, doughnuts and lots more. We will also take part in some Hanukkah traditions like lighting the candles and play some Hanukkah games like spinning the dreidel. £40pp.
Wednesday 2nd, Wednesday 9th and Wednesday 16th December
It’s time to get cosy and take some respite from what can be quite a hectic festive season. An hour-long yin yoga session led by Emma of Thorlby Yoga, followed by festive hot drinks like mulled wine and hot chocolate, and food in the Kampus bungalow. Leave with a calm mind and a fully belly. £20pp.
Indie Winter Markets
Saturday 4th December & Saturday 11th December
Bread Flower will host two winter markets at Kampus alongside some brilliant independent traders. There will be festive food and drink provided by the Bread Flower cafe, plus festive fun, food and gifts. The market will be open from 11am to 5pm on both days and is free to enter.
Sustainable Decorations Workshop
Wednesday 8th December, 6.30pm
Forget the plastic, there are plenty of ways to create lovely and sustainable decorations for dressing up your house for the festive season. At this workshop, you’ll learn about different natural materials you can use to create beautiful decorations. All materials are provided and all attendees will enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate and a festive bake. £25pp.
Table Centrepiece Workshop
Wednesday 15th December, 6.30pm
Learn how to make a beautiful table centrepiece, using a mix of seasonal foliages and flowers to create a unique piece; perfect to complete any Christmas table or as a gift for a loved one. All materials are provided and all attendees will enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate and a festive bake. £40pp.
Workshops will continue into the new year, making the perfect gift for a creative loved one, with a Bagel & Babka Workshop, Make a Bouquet Workshop and Vase Arrangement Workshop taking place from 16th – 30th January 2022. All events can be booked online at: www.breadflower.co.uk/shop
The Kampus gardens and Bungalow are the central feature of the community and are permanently open to the public, with the Bungalow operating as a village hall for pop-ups and community groups.
The neighbourhood is alive with events and will be home to local independent bars, restaurants, cafés and retail from brands including General Stores; the recently-opened Nell’s and Pollen Bakery.
One and two bedroom apartments are available at Kampus, including in the beautiful red-brick new building North Block and refurbished 1960s brutalist tower called The Stack. With North’s sister building South Block and two Victorian shipping warehouses, Minto & Turner and Minshull House are also set to fully open over the coming weeks.
Residents at Kampus have access to a brand new gym with free weights, cardio and core equipment and a yoga studio, a 24 hour concierge service and amenities from dog walking, dry cleaning, PT sessions and yoga, a private cinema, lounge, dining room and a number of terraces. What’s more, residents can move into their brand-new apartment with no deposit to pay.
To book a viewing visit www.kampus-mcr.co.uk