A Bread Affair is owned and operated by master baker Tanya Belanger. After deciding to sell her successful Ontario-based technology company and family farm, Tanya packed up for Vancouver, looking for adventure. Once she arrived, she found one thing lacking: great bread.
It was then Tanya ventured down to California where she trained under Keith Giusto, a fourth generation renowned artisan baker who not only shared all the skills she needed to hone her craft, but also gave Tanya some of his sourdough starter. This starter or “mother dough” was developed from the skins of hand-picked white zinfandel grapes and harvested in Napa Valley in October 1986. It’s still going strong at A Bread Affair today.
A Bread Affair is known for their wide selection of breads, with tongue-in-cheek names such as “Love at First Bite,” “The Birds and the Bees,” and “Three’s Company”. They have been on Granville Island since 2012 and locals love them for their hand-made breads, pastries, passion and community spirit.
The team at A Bread Affair have an excellent relationship with local certified organic farmers that produce the wheat they use for their breads, and source the majority of their ingredients from local farmers as well. This is because they are not trying to produce a Californian bread or an Ontario bread, they want to make breads that represent Vancouver. And for the Bread Affair team, community is everything - they love the community at the farmers markets, the chance to share their products and stories with others and try the freshest, most delicious produce. In true community spirit, their leftover bread is given to farmers and charities.