I know I swore off food festivals after the disappointment that was Cheesefest this year and Taste the County last year but I’m pretty confident that the Fermentation Festival will be different. For one thing, it’s a steal at only $8 admission. There’s not much you can do for $8 these days. Even if it ends up being a bust (which I’m pretty sure it won’t) at least you’re only out less than 10 bucks. For another thing, fermented foods are awesome and there’s so much innovation happening in that area these days. Probably the highlight of Cheesefest for me was the fermented cashew spread (think a sort of thick tangy hummus that take avocado toast to the next level). I can’t wait to see what other new products are on the market, or in development, and where better to find out than an entire festival devoted to said products?
In addition to loads of samples, there are lots of fun activities planned for all ages throughout the day. Think you make the best home ferments? Enter the amateur ferment competition. Want to learn more about fermented foods, the importance of microbes for our health, or how to make your own fermented foods? Attend one of the many workshops going on throughout the day. Kids in tow? Take them to the interactive activities where they can learn, make crafts, and colour. No kids in tow? Check out the beer and wine garden; classic fermented beverages!
The Fermentation Festival is taking place on Saturday, August 19th at the Crystal Palace in Picton. For more information, check out the link above or visit the facebook page where updates are being posted regularly. Hope to see you there!