Krazi Baker is a family run baking service run by Mark Douglas, the Krazi Baker himself and the founder of the company. Mark and his family live in Dromore, County Down, Northern Ireland.
He began Krazi Baker after being inspired by the street food on offer on various city breaks throughout continental Europe:
“You’d see every product under the sun, but never bread baked on site. I was wondering how to do this and when I went back to work, the answer was staring me in the face - hotplates and soda bread.”
Mark developed this idea back in Northern Ireland and decided to start up a mobile Irish Griddle Bread service. This idea in practice, became quite a nostalgic experience for a lot of our Krazi Kustomers, who would reminisce of a time when their Granny would make soda farls for them.
They tell us of how much of a treat that was and so, soda farls are associated with a good time in the hearts and minds of the Northern Irish people. It was this sense of theatre and drama of watching the Krazi Baker bake in front of them, not least, the smell of the bread that captured and enticed all of our Krazi Kustomers.
Prior to COVID-19, we were running both seasonal and traditional baking classes, ranging from Halloween, Christmas and Saint Patrick's day themed classes. Due to COVID restrictions, we have had to put a hold on these. However you can still find us at our regular market locations which are; Conway Square Newtownards on a Saturday, Carrickfergus market on a Thursday and Comber Farmer's Market on the first Thursday of every month. We also attended the illustrious agri-food shows and farmers' markets across the country such as The Balmoral Show, Castlewellan Show and The Antrim Garden Show.
COVID-19 changed how we conducted the business during the lockdown. As open air markets and the like were banned, the business was diversified and we began offering a bakery delivery service. The catchment area reached as far south as Leitrim, to as North as Bangor. This service was very popular and we would like to thank all those who supported us during those times.
Much recognition was gained from these deliveries and now we have started to supply "The Olde Mill" garden centre in Dromore and "Kylestone Nurseries" in Groomsport. We still continue to attend open air markets in Newtownards, Comber and Carrickfergus.