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Feelin’ Funky: Fermentation Fest Sunday 2/11

Feb 6

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.

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