A multi-faceted, fermentation-focused festival returns to Encinitas on February 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Info & Tix)
Organizer Austin Durant, who’s run San Diego’s Fermenters Club since 2011, says that he’s looking forward to helping educate attendees on how fermentation relates to everyday life. Below is a breakdown of what to expect this Sunday for the San Diego Fermentation Festival:
- Presentations on cheesemaking, the fermentation of beverages such as kombucha, cider, mead & coffee, plus a keynote discussion featuring new data in microbiome research.
- (21+) The San Diego Beverage Times Ambrosia Garden ($45 presale/$50 at the door) features San Diegans Boochcraft, ChuckAlek Independent Brewers, Cutwater Spirits, Golden Coast Mead, Home Brewing Co., Lost Cause Meadery, Misadventure & Co., Raging Cider & Mead Co., and the San Diego County Vintners Association. 101 Cider from the Thousand Oaks area also joins the party.
- A “Makers Marketplace” with more than 25 vendors offering free samples and/or selling goods/services. Local beverage producers will include Cafe Virtuoso, Cultured Provisions, Edible Alchemy, Fully Loaded Micro Juicery, Good Stuff Tonics, Kombucha Culture, and Living Tea Kombucha.
- A “starter swap” hosted by Fermentation on Wheels, an educational, traveling bus hub for all things cultured. Experienced fermenters are encouraged to bring their starters to swap with each other.
- Hands-on pickling stations.
- A “Wellness Pavilion” with yoga, reiki, sound healing, acupuncture.
- Kids’ activities including a Coastal Roots farm tour with focuses on composting and pickling. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult ticket.
- Live music on two stages.
- Vegetarian food court.