A Celebration of Fermentation (podcast + giveaway)

Sep 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles
Schedule for 2016 Austin Fermentation Festival

Schedule for 2016 Austin Fermentation Festival


Austin Fermentation Festival | Sun, October 2, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom | 10463 Sprinkle Road | Austin, TX


Fermentation is a means of food preservation and flavor enhancement that’s as old as the ages.

Sandor Katz is a self-described fermentation revivalist, whom many credit for the renaissance it seems to be experiencing.

Katz began experimenting with this process shortly after he started food gardening. Like fellow food gardeners, Sandor found himself with a bumper crop of produce—in his case cabbage and radishes—he needed to use or lose. That’s when he turned to making something he enjoyed: sauerkraut. He became so enamored of making his own kraut, and made so much of it, that he earned the nickname, “Sandorkraut” among his friends.

Some people hear the word fermentation and think “Spoiled food.” The difference between the two, says Sandor, is… controlling the process…to control the outcome. In fact, most of us eat fermented food without realizing it. Beer, wine, bread, cheese, and coffee are all fermented foods and drinks.

Fermented foods don’t seem so scary now, do they?

Sandor Katz wrote the books Wild Fermentation and the Art of Fermentation, which many home fermentation enthusiasts consider their bibles, although there are no ten commandments of fermentation, says Katz.

He says folks who ferment foods have their own ways of doing so regarding what they ferment, proportions, and even methods. Having said that, he stresses that there is one unifying principle that ensures proper fermentation: ensuring all the vegetables are submerged under the brine.

Although making fermented foods at home is a fairly straightforward and simple process, it’s a good idea to get a little “schooling” before getting started. And that’s what the Austin Fermentation Festival is all about.

The festival—which sponsors our show—is Sunday, October 2 at Barr Mansion. Kate Payne is one of the organizers. She says there will be 12 workshops from which to choose on topics such as how to make probiotic rich yogurt with Amanda Love; Kombucha fermentation with Buddha’s Brew kombucha; fermented pickles with Kate Payne; plus wine and beer panels and sourdough bread with Easy Tiger.

In addition, some of the workshops have a hands on or interactive element. These are open to anyone who wishes to attend, however, if you want to be at the “table” getting your “hands dirty” that will be an additional fee. Payne says those spaces are filing fast, and suggests buying tickets early online if you want a place at the table.

The Austin Fermentation Festival is Sunday, October 2 at Barr Mansion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And we are giving away a pair of tickets to the festival. Just reply in the comments below about what you are interested in learning how to make using the process of fermentation.

By submitting a comment you are entering the giveaway and agree to the following:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old to enter.
  2. One entry per person, household, and IP address.
  3. Must provide name and valid email address, as both will be used to contact winner.
  4. Winner will be drawn at random by 6:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 29, 2016.
  5. Neither Field and Feast, the The Austin Fermentation Festival, or Texas Farmers Markets is responsible for a lost or misdirected email.
  6. Winner must respond to “winners email” in the time allotted or forfeit their status.
  7. Giveaway is for a pair of tickets to attend the Austin Fermentation Festival October 2, 2016 only, not any of the “hands-on” events.
  8. No cash value, substitutions, or transfers.
  9. Not eligible to win if you have won anything from Field & Feast in the past 3 months.

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  1. I am curious about kombucha and would love to learn how to make at home. Thank you.

  2. yum