|Victoria has a new bakery, located in Vic West on Craigflower Road next door to the Spiral Cafe. But it's not an ordinary bakery. It's unique in a number of ways, starting with the wheat that is used to make the flour - red wheat. Other fine ingredients are added and it's all baked in a wood-fired brick oven to produce really tasty and toothsome loaves. Byron Fry, the baker, makes pastries too. I haven't tried any yet but I am looking forward to sampling some. Here's a mini-backgrounder on the bakery from his tumblr site.|
Traveling baker Byron Fry taught himself to bake 3 years ago before apprenticing at the Italian Bakery in Victoria BC. During the summer of 2010 he rode his motorcycle 16 000km around North America, visiting bakeries in Montreal, New York, North Carolina and Portland. In NC he met the baker Richard Miscovich who inspired him to come home to BC, build an oven, and bake bread. The historical name and logo of Fry's Red Wheat Bread was passed down from his great-grandfather who owned and operated a bakery in Victoria at the turn of the century.