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Ketofest 2018 is a festival promoting ketogenic food and wine, cooking, social activities, and talks by doctors and scientists.
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Imagine spending a weekend with hundreds of other low-carbers in a coastal New England town turned keto! Within four blocks, you will interact with world-class speakers, patronize local restaurants serving real keto dishes, attend a pig roast where you don't have to worry about sugar in the sauce, learn how to cook your own keto dishes, attend talks on various keto-related topics, take fat-adapted fitness classes, and network with other ketogenic warriors.

Social Saturday at Ketofest 2017
Social Saturday at Ketofest 2017

Ketofest is not a conference - it's a festival! Conferences are for professionals; festivals are for people! Ketofest is for real people who want to learn the science behind, and practical applications of, the ketogenic lifestyle as a food-based remedy for numerous "diseases of civilization." 

No company owns keto. There are no required products. There is just food and knowledge.

Ketofest is a celebration of life for those who value the continuous benefits of nutritional ketosis. Your hosts are Carl Franklin and Richard Morris from the 2 Keto Dudes podcast. 

Dr. Westman dancing to The Rivergods at Ketofest
Dr. Westman dancing to The Rivergods at Ketofest

Attend talks by world-class authors, journalists, and scientists! This year, we will have twice as many speakers and two venues! Last year's speakers were Megan Ramos, Ivor Cummins, Dr. Jeffry Gerber, Dr. Eric Westman, Nurse Jackie Eberstein, Prof. Richard Feinman, Dave Feldman, Nick Mailer, and Amber O'Hearn. This year, Nina Teicholz is going to be here!

Fasting Friday  

On Friday, Megan Ramos from IDM (Intensive Dietary Management) and the Obesity Code Podcast will host "Fasting Friday," a free event where she shares the latest clinical data from IDM patients, and recent science on fasting. 

Megan Ramos at Ketofest 2017
Megan Ramos at Ketofest 2017

Friday at 6 PM, there will be a VIP dinner party at Carl Franklin's house where you'll get face time with our speakers, as well as keto lobster bisque, Carl's 48-hour sous-vide chuck steak, and Richard's German red cabbage. This requires a VIP ticket, and space is limited.

VIP Party at Ketofest 2017
VIP Party at Ketofest 2017
Carl Franklin and Eric Westman jamming at the VIP party
Carl Franklin and Eric Westman jamming at the VIP party

Social Saturday

On Social Saturday (July 21), we're having an outdoor party on the Parade Plaza in New London, right on the water across the street from the train station. 

Pig Roast on Social Saturday
Pig Roast on Social Saturday

Not only will we have a pig roast (smoking overnight), we'll also be serving grilled sausages and other meats, and this year everyone gets Carl's keto clam "chowda!" Also, there will be a great live band, just like last year.

The Rivergods jamming at Ketofest 2017
The Rivergods jamming at Ketofest 2017

Of course, we'll have plenty of water and coffee available, but no alcohol will be served at our party. There are plenty of drinking establishments within walking distance from the Parade serving keto cocktails! Thames River Wine and Spirits, located across the street from the Parade, will be hosting wine and cheese tastings all day. Now, that's a party! 

Wine and cheese tastings
Wine and cheese tastings

Sign up for walking tours and Segway tours of historic New London (tickets sold separately). Fitness coach Allan Misner will be offering fitness lessons. 

Fitness Lessons
Fitness Lessons

RD86 Space (formerly the Spark Makerspace) has a professional kitchen where you can watch instructional keto cooking lessons and sample the results. 

Richard and Brenda making pork rind waffles at Ketofest 2017
Richard and Brenda making pork rind waffles at Ketofest 2017

This year, we've built out a brand new production kitchen at RD86, which means we can serve everyone samples from every keto chef demonstration!

RD86 (was Spark Makerspace)
RD86 (was Spark Makerspace)

We've teamed up with several restaurants within walking distance of the Parade to provide at least one ketogenic dish on their menu. These dishes will be highlighted in the printed program along with a map of the restaurants, phone numbers, and whether they require reservations. Most do not. 

Hot Rod's
Hot Rod's

Daddy Jack's is offering brick-oven Carl's Head Pizza! Included in the price of admission are $20 worth of food tickets for these restaurants. 

Daddy Jack's
Daddy Jack's

Science Sunday 

Our fabulous sessions start at 8 AM and go until 5 PM. You'll learn the latest research, science, and stories from the field. This year, we have two venues: The Garde Arts Center and the Crocker House Ballroom. 

Jeffry Gerber at the Garde Arts Center
Jeffry Gerber at the Garde Arts Center

The all-day bacon bar starts at 10 AM! At 11 AM, Fox Hill Kitchens starts serving grilled cheese sandwiches on their amazing low-carb bread. 

Fox Hill Kitchens Low Carb "Bunz."
Fox Hill Kitchens Low Carb "Bunz."

At noon, the main dish (to be determined) will be served. For drinks, we'll be serving coffee, tea, water, and the Ketofest Cocktail (seltzer, apple cider vinegar, citrus bitters, and a drop of stevia).

Why Kickstarter? 

We simply don't want to take the financial risk when so much is at stake. Kickstarter is a great platform for making sure our event will happen. You won't be charged unless we meet our goal. Everybody wins.

Can I reserve more than one ticket?

Yes you can! The reward costs is per-person. If you want to reserve more than one, just do the math, and tell us how you'd like your pledge allocated.

Risks and challenges

We realize that bringing so many people into our little town increases the necessity for lodging and transportation. We need to be sure that everyone has accommodations.

There are risks that a speaker may have to cancel and be replaced. There's nothing we can do about that except to find the best speakers we can to fill their shoes. Fortunately, we are in good standing with the keto community, and we don't anticipate a problem filling the demand.

In short, we are confident that we can handle any contingency that comes up so long as we're funded!

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    If you can't make it to Ketofest, but you want to support our project anyway (thank you), select this reward and we'll send you a T-shirt. Once funded, we'll ask you for your T-shirt size and mailing address, so don't worry about that now!

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    This reward gives you access to the live stream during Ketofest Science Sunday, and possibly the cooking demos on Social Saturday if we can figure out the tech! You also get to download the Powerpoint slides. This reward also includes a T-shirt.

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    Ketofest Standard 2-Day Pass

    This reward is a 2-day pass to Ketofest 2018.

    On Social Saturday, July 21, there will be a pig roast, grilled sausages, clam chowder, fitness lessons, vendors, and a live band on the Parade Plaza. RD86 (formerly Spark Makerspace) will be hosting cooking demonstrations all day, and you'll be able to sample every dish. Take a walking tour or Segway tour of historic downtown New London. Sample dry wines and delectable cheeses at Thames River Greenery. Sample ketogenic dishes and keto cocktails at New Lodnon's finest restaurants.

    On Science Sunday, July 22, attend world-class talks by experts in the world of low-carb health. Partake of the bacon bar, grilled cheese sandwiches on low-carb "bunz" from Fox Hill Kitchens, and a main dish (TBD).

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    You get it all! Rub elbows with Carl, Richard, and our amazing speakers while sampling Carl's lobster bisque, Richard's German red cabbage, and 48-hour sous-vide chuck steak. There will be plenty of adult libations as well. Last year the evening ended with Dr. Westman jamming with Carl in the living room! This reward includes a 2 day pass and T-shirt.

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