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$65,581
pledged of $80,000pledged of $80,000 goal
187
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, April 3 2019 3:54 PM UTC +00:00

About

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, enjoy grilled bacon cheeseburgers on low-carb buns, 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.

This Kickstarter campaign is how we offer discounted tickets (and exclusive VIP tickets) to those who help us get it off the ground. So reserve your tickets here now by pledging.

Social Saturday
Social Saturday

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-centric 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, Carrie Brown, and Richard Morris from the 2 Keto Dudes podcast. 9

Attend talks by world-class authors, journalists, and scientists!  Last  year's speakers were Nina Teicholz, Megan Ramos, Ivor Cummins, Dr. Jeffry Gerber, Dr. Eric Westman, Peter Ballerstedt, Dr. Nadir Ali, Amy Berger, Dr. Ken Berry, Prof. Richard Feinman, Jimmy Moore, Dave Feldman, Siobhan Huggins, Allan Misner, Nick Mailer, and Amber O'Hearn. Scroll down for a list of speakers who have confirmed for 2019.

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 and her team share the latest clinical data from IDM patients and recent science on fasting. There will also be food-free activities for those who are fasting.

Megan Ramos
Megan Ramos

On Friday night, there will be a VIP dinner party at Carl Franklin's house where you'll get face time with our speakers. Enjoy some amazing appetizers, Carl's 48-hour sous-vide chuck steak, yummy sides, and fabulous desserts by Carrie Brown. This party requires a VIP ticket - space is limited. 

VIP Party
VIP Party
VIP Party
VIP Party

Social Saturday

On  Social Saturday (July 20), we're having an outdoor party on the Parade Plaza in New London, which is downtown right across the street from the train  station. 

Social Saturday is all about keto food and camaraderie
Social Saturday is all about keto food and camaraderie

Not only will we have a pig roast (smoking overnight), we'll also be  serving grilled sausages and other meats, Carl's keto clam "chowda," burgers on Fox Hill Kitchen's Bunz, and cole slaw! Of course, we'll have plenty of water and coffee available.  

Pig Roast!!
Pig Roast!!

Pamela Zorn will be doing cheese-making demonstrations at Thames River Greenery all day Saturday.

Cheese making demonstrations
Cheese making demonstrations

Sign up for walking tours and Segway tours of historic New London (tickets will be available after the Kickstarter). Fitness coach Allan Misner will be offering free fitness lessons.  

Fitness Lessons
Fitness Lessons

RD86 Space has a professional kitchen where you can watch instructional keto cooking demonstrations and sample the results.  

Keto cooking demos
Keto cooking demos
Cooking demos and tastings at RD86 Space
Cooking demos and tastings at RD86 Space

We've teamed up with several restaurants within walking distance of the Parade to provide at least three ketogenic dishes 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 Cafe
Hot Rod Cafe

Daddy Jack's is offering brick-oven Carl's Head Pizza! 

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 thought leaders in the low-carb space.  

Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed Speakers so far are Dr. Ken Berry, Dr. Nadir Ali, Amy Berger, Dave Feldman, Siobhan Huggins, Peter Ballerstedt, Megan Ramos, Amber O'Hearn, and our own college boy Richard Morris!
Confirmed Speakers so far are Dr. Ken Berry, Dr. Nadir Ali, Amy Berger, Dave Feldman, Siobhan Huggins, Peter Ballerstedt, Megan Ramos, Amber O'Hearn, and our own college boy Richard Morris!

This just in! Dr. Shawn Baker has confirmed he can speak in 2019! Get your tickets now!

Dr. Shawn Baker
Dr. Shawn Baker
Science Sunday at the historic Garde Arts Center
Science Sunday at the historic Garde Arts Center
Nina Teicholz at Ketofest 2018
Nina Teicholz at Ketofest 2018

On Sunday, 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.  

Bacon!!!
Bacon!!!
Grilled Cheese Sammiches!
Grilled Cheese Sammiches!

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). At 5PM we do a closing session and give away the most unique swag you'll ever see. When was the last time you won a case of bacon?

The Red Army

Ketofest would not happen without our army of volunteers who do everything from food prep to setting up and breaking down tents, chairs, and tables, and registration. After the Kickstarter, we will send out a call for volunteers.

Ketofest Volunteers!
Ketofest Volunteers!

Travel

By train or car, new London is 2 hours from Boston, 1 hour from Providence (Intl airport there), 2.5 hours from NYC, 1.5 hours by Ferry from Montauk Long Island. 1 hour drive from Hartford or New Haven. The “Parade” - an outdoor area where the pig roast will be held, is right across the street from the train station. Everything else is a matter of 2 or 3 blocks away.
 

Your best bet for finding a hotel is to use a hotel finding service like Expedia or Hotels.com and search for hotels in or near New London, CT (zip code 06320). 

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, but you can only purchase one ticket per Kickstarter account. So if you want to bring someone, they have to create their own Kickstarter account with their own email address.

Let's do this!!

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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    On Social Saturday, July 20, there will be a pig roast, grilled sausages, clam "chowda," fitness lessons, vendors, and music on the Parade Plaza. RD86 space will be hosting cooking demonstrations all day, and handing out samples. Take a walking tour or Segway tour of historic downtown New London. Watch cheese-making demos at Thames River Greenery. Sample ketogenic dishes at New London's finest restaurants, and join us for the attendee party Saturday night.

    On Science Sunday, 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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    VIP Ticket

    You get it all! On Friday night, you're invited to the VIP party where you can hobnob with Carl, Carrie, Richard, and our amazing speakers while sampling 48-hour sous-vide chuck steak and other amazing appetizers, sides, and desserts by Carrie. On Saturday, you'll get cooking demo priority access. On Sunday, you'll get front-row seating at the talks. This reward includes a two-day pass, live stream access, and a T-shirt.

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