Breaking Bread

Coquitlam Heritage gratefully operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, who continues to live on these lands and care for them, along with the waters and all that is above and below. These lands are also the traditional territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Qayqayt, and Katzie First Nations.

The Great Unifier

The term Breaking Bread is used to communicate the safety, security, and joy that comes with sharing a meal. Coquitlam Heritage wants to break bread with you and invites you to look at bread with new eyes. Through this exhibit, we hope to introduce the essential role that bread has played throughout history, as a cultural object and a culinary fixture around the world.

Bread is so fundamental to our existence that, in his book A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects, S. Brent Plate argues that the successful harvesting of wheat, and thus production of bread, can be considered a prerequisite for a successful society. According to National Geographic, bread makes up roughly 26% of daily caloric intake worldwide.

Whether consuming injera (Ethiopian flat bread) with your meal, a morning toast as you’re running out the door, dipping roti into your sauce, or sneaking a second piece of delicious Bannock, bread is so deeply rooted in our daily lives that we don’t normally consider its implication in our society.

Breaking Bread is not a definitive account of the history of bread and its origins, but rather an overview of the cultural importance that it has played throughout history.

Let’s break bread together by taking a closer look at this exhibition!

Photo courtesy of Delfina Cocciardi via Unsplash.

Explore Exhibit

Bread and History

Learn more about the historical significance of bread.

Bread and Culture

Read more about the importance of bread throughout different cultures.

Making Bread

Learn more about the making of bread, from recipes to processes.

Oral Histories

Delali Adiamah

Delali Adiamah is the owner of Dehls Gourmet, a catering service specialising in West African cuisine. Based in the Lower Mainland, Dehls gourmet delivers food throughout Metro-Vancouver.

Currently, Delali is the artist-in-residence at Coquitlam Heritage and will be holding workshops, bake on selected days in-house, and create tasty bread recipes. For more information, visit Artist in Residence or follow our social media.


Thais Audibert

Thais Audibert is the marketing and café manager of Olivier’s La Boulangerie, a bakery located in Coquitlam. A family business, Olivier’s takes techniques and recipes from their home in France and makes them more accessible for people in the Lower Mainland.
12 King Edward St #101,
Coquitlam, BC V3K 4S8

Christine Cho

Christine Cho is the owner and founder of Big Dog Little Dog Bakery, a pet bakery based in Burnaby Heights. Their goal is to provide the tastiest treats baked in-house, the healthiest foods, and best supplies for dogs and cats.
4631 Hastings St,
Burnaby, BC V5C 2K6

Seokmin Kim

Seokmin Kim is the owner and chef of Maison Mori, a Burnaby-based takeout bakery that specialises in Korean baked goods. Trained in a prestigious baking school in Tokyo, where he met his wife, with whom he opened Maison Mori in Canada.
4501 North Rd #111G,
Burnaby, BC V3N 4R7

Coquitlam Heritage Society at Mackin House

1116 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, British Columbia
V3K 1G2

Visit the exhibition

Dates: January 17 2023 – June 30, 2023
Location: Mackin House at 1116 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam, BC, V3K 1G2

Admission free.