If you’re frankly fucking fascinated by the mysteries of fermentation – and who isn’t – you may want to make it out to Reedsburg, WI, Oct 4 - 13 for the annual Reedsburg Fermentation Fest. Billed by organizers as “a food and farming festival with a focus on fermentation and fun”, the event is a multifaceted food and farming festival celebrating live culture in all its forms— from dance to yogurt, poetry to sauerkraut.
Hosted by the Wormfarm Institute, the event’s signature feature is the Farm/Art DTour, a nationally recognized, 50-mile, self-guided road tour through northwestern Sauk County’s scenic hills and farmland. The trip is punctuated with temporary art installations, field notes about agriculture, roadside poetry, pasture performances and artist-built Roadside Culture Stands selling fresh, preserved and fermented locally grown food.
The Fest will also offer 44 classes and tasting events focusing on fermented foods (kimchi, yogurt, hard cider, chocolate, cheese, beer, bread etc.), preserving the harvest, farming and more.
Kirsten Shockey of Applegate, Ore., homesteader, fermenter, teacher and co-author with her husband, Christopher Shockey, of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes For Fermenting 80 Vegetables And Herbs, will conduct three hands-on classes Oct. 4–5 about safely fermenting seasonally available produce.