As very truthfully stated on the Wild Earth Bakery website’s front page, your cravings obey no quarantine. It’s true. When you have a hankering for fresh home-style bread, need the softest hamburger buns for your barbeque, wish for the perfect banana chip slice to compliment your afternoon tea, or have the strongest craving of all – the overwhelming desire to indulge in the perfect piece of cake, you have to give in. And if you are going to give in, go to the place where you are guaranteed taste bud satisfaction – Wild Earth Bakery.
Let’s face it. Life has gotten very interesting lately. There’s a lot going on, but you know what has stayed the same? The familiarity and the comfort of freshly baked treats and goods. Wild Earth Bakery just keeps on baking no matter what is going on out there, giving you the perfect respite from your busy day or worrying news feeds. In operation since 1932, Wild Earth Bakery has been the St. Albert and Edmonton area go-to for decades, providing freshly baked bread, cinnamon buns, and of course, those delicious cakes, to residents and tourists alike. Now, with new ownership in place, Wild Earth Bakery is having another grand opening, and continuing its promise of the best baked goods made from the finest ingredients.
“We purchased Wild Earth Bakery because of it’s history, reputation and the focus on using local, wholesome ingredients,” says Melinda Admiraal from Passionate Hospitality Group, who took over ownership of Wild Earth Bakery in May 2020. Yes, in May, during the height of rapid changes due to the pandemic. It is a testament to the strong history of the brand that Wild Earth Bakery remained a reliable fixture – and an essential service – strong enough to weather an ownership change while the world shut down.
“To ensure safety and the best operating procedures, we closed from March 15 to May 1,” informs Melinda. “On May 1 we decided we could operate within the guidelines of Alberta Health Services.”
And operate they did! Customers flocked in for the best sellers: succulent cinnamon buns, tangy sour dough bread, and scrumptious white chocolate scones. Melinda admits those scones and that sour dough bread top her favourite list as well!
In addition to these fan favourites, customers can also find jalapeno cheddar bread, chocolate zucchini loaf, cheese pizza pretzels, orange cranberry loaf, and much more. As for those famous cakes, it’s hard to decide among the razzamatazz (vanilla cake with raspberry filling and white chocolate ganache), the London fog (filled with smooth earl grey buttercream), the sinfully delicious red velvet with its signature cream cheese frosting, and the classic oh-so-tempting chocolate cake. And those are just a few of your many options.
“Also, the third Wednesday of each month customers can enjoy 12 per cent off,” says Melinda, before adding, “there will be seasonal features too, like pumpkin cheesecakes and pies for Thanksgiving”
But that’s not all. Customers can enjoy health conscious versions of Wild Earth Bakery cakes (agave is swapped for sugar), along with a selection of gluten free and even vegan treats. No matter what you choose, you don’t even have to come to the bakery! Whether you are socially distancing or just too busy to squeeze the trip into your commute, Wild Earth Bakery can deliver your minimum $30 order, in a safe contactless way. Free delivery is available on Fridays only. You can call or order online.
Melinda and her team are thrilled to be a part of the Wild Earth Bakery tradition and look forward to re-introducing the bakery to its fans and to those discovering it for the first time. The grand re-opening takes place on October 9, with the ribbon cutting at 3 pm. There will be a special on Wild Earth’s famous cinnamon buns that day.
Is your mouth watering yet? Indulge! Also now offering Transcend Coffee by the cup & by packaged bean. Put the grand re-opening in your calendar and come down to Wild Earth Bakery to experience why they are still going strong after 88 years.