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About

A celebration like the Fermentation Festival brings people together from across our diverse community-- different generations, skill sets, socio-economic backgrounds, and cultures. Everyone has to eat! And everyone deserves a healthy gut and a healthy body. 

"We ain't just poundin' sauerkraut!"

While we do "geek out" and celebrate our unlimited love for fermented foods, the Festival is part of a broader narrative about food and community. The myriad benefits of such a gathering include:

  • Building stronger communities
  • Supporting the local economy and foodshed
  • Providing a liaison between the scientific community and the public about the latest gut health knowledge
  • Sharing knowledge (and cultures)
  • Empowering us to take command of what we put into our bodies
  • Learning by doing and working together
  • Respecting, honoring and learning about farming and our food system
  • Supporting the local economy and foodshed

We've secured a beautiful venue overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the heart of Encinitas, a beach town in northern San Diego County. Your pledge will help pay for production costs for the Festival.

Our production costs include:

  • Field and Barn venue rental
  • Stages, tents, and basic audio-visual equipment rental
  • Restrooms and other infrastructure rental
  • Security Services

Fun Stuff to Do at the Festival

DIY Sauerkraut Station

Everyone at the Festival gets a jar to fill with do-it-yourself sauerkraut, from local organic ingredients! If you're new to it, don't worry! We will walk you through the process.

Soon-to-be Sauerkraut from the 2016 Festival
Soon-to-be Sauerkraut from the 2016 Festival

 

Sauerkraut made at the Festival, 2016.
Sauerkraut made at the Festival, 2016.

 

Makers Marketplace

The Makers Marketplace is a curated farmers’ market where local and regional artisan food, beverage, and other craft businesses and wellness providers will be offering free samples and selling their goods and services. Our Makers hail from all over the region and state, and will be selling items such as:

  • kombucha on tap
  • sauerkraut and kimchi
  • fresh baked sourdough bread
  • hot coffee and coffee beans
  • chocolate
  • natural body care products
  • hand thrown pottery
  • starter cultures
Local Makers such as this organic, all-leaven bakery in Carlsbad, CA
Local Makers such as this organic, all-leaven bakery in Carlsbad, CA

 

                    
Many local kombucha brewers serve their probiotic fermented tea by the glass or growler!
Many local kombucha brewers serve their probiotic fermented tea by the glass or growler!

 

Locally Handcrafted Pottery, including Fermentation crocks
Locally Handcrafted Pottery, including Fermentation crocks

 

Prepared Food choices to keep you happy at the Festival, like this vegan bowl from Bite Food San Diego
Prepared Food choices to keep you happy at the Festival, like this vegan bowl from Bite Food San Diego

Workshops and Presentations 

Knowlege is a big focus of the Festival. There will be more than a dozen workshops and demos from local experts on making wholesome fermented foods and beverages, everything from cheese, to cider, to kimchi, to more exotic ferments like tsukemono (Japanese pickles)!

Austin Durant teaching about Kimchi, 2017 Festival
Austin Durant teaching about Kimchi, 2017 Festival

We will also have presentations about gut health, including the latest about research in the field from world renown experts!

Crowd awaiting Keynote Panel at 2017 Festival
Crowd awaiting Keynote Panel at 2017 Festival

Ambrosia Garden

What fermentation festival would be complete without some tasty, craft adult beverages? We feature local brewers, cidermakers, wineries, and meaderies, as well as high-gravity kombucha. Guests get 10 tasters of these local libations and a keeper souvenir glass!

Tasters of fine fermented beverages in a souvenir glass!
Tasters of fine fermented beverages in a souvenir glass!

Wellness Pavilion 

We believe that healthy guts are important, but they're just one part of our whole being! We want to cultivate wellness, so we offer free classes at the Festival. Short yoga stretch classes, massage, sound healing, and more.

Lynne from Hoppy Yoga gives a stretch class at the 2015 Festival
Lynne from Hoppy Yoga gives a stretch class at the 2015 Festival

Can't Be Here in Person? Let us Send the Festival to You!

The Bounty Basket pledge level is a great way to experience a little bit of San Diego, whether or not you can attend the festival in person! It contains locally roasted coffee from Cafe Virtuoso, bean-to-bar chocolate from Nibble Chocolate, avocado oil from Bella Vado Avocado Oil, and a signed copy of Rob Knight's book Follow Your Gut. 

San Diego Bounty Basket
San Diego Bounty Basket

 

Risks and challenges

We've done this before. This will be our fourth year and we know how to throw a fun Festival!

Event production (especially outdoor festivals in wintertime) comes with its share of risks—inclement weather being the most prevalent. In 2016, on Festival day, we had a 25-year storm hit San Diego, with 40 mph winds and rain. So... that's behind us for at least 23 more years!

That said, we are a rain or shine event, and we take precautions to protect festival-goers from both extremes—sunny weather and wet weather! With your contribution, a majority of the programming will be sheltered from the elements at the 2018 Festival!

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    Farm-to-Table VIP Mixer

    Immediately following the Festival, join your host, and featured speakers and guests for an intimate farm-to-table mixer with light hors d'oeuvres made from farm fresh produce! Limited seating.

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    Festival at your Home

    Austin Durant, founder of Fermenters Club and the San Diego Fermentation Festival, will come to your home and teach a four-hour workshop on fermented foods to up to 10 people. (Continental U.S. only.)

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