You have probably heard the words, ones like sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, tempeh and kimchi. And as you read this it’s possible your nose is already starting to scrunch up with the idea that foods that have been sitting for a very very very long time outside of the fridge might only not be bad for you… but good for you, really really good for you. Yeah, but…. and so goes your list of reasons why it might not be for you. And all of those could make very good rational sense. That is until, you eat them, and from the inside you start to feel better. Maybe it’s a little pep in your step, maybe it shows itself with a bit more energy during your afternoon normal carb down time. Or maybe, you start to notice that your stomach isn’t making all the growling noises which have become common place in your body. My friends, it’s time to ferment!
What started as somewhat small event almost four years ago has grown, and in a good way. Every year people take to the magical land of Fairview Gardens, a 12 and a 1/2 acre organic farm in the middle of a residential community in Goleta, California to experience all that is good in the world of fermentation.
“The Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival is produced by Cultivate Events and showcases local and regional experts on the history, benefits and how-tos of fermented foods. This all-ages experiential one-day festival celebrates the art of making traditionally fermented foods and beverages such as kimchi, kombucha, kefir, pickles, beer, sauerkraut, wine, cider, cultured vegetables, and sourdough bread, and empowers attendees to make these foods at home.
Katie Falbo and Lynn Hartman founded the festival in 2011 at Shepherd Farms in Carpinteria to share fermented foods and recipes with the community. Hannah Crum of Kombucha Kamp, the first and only guest speaker, shared her knowledge of the positive impact that beneficial bacteria have on our health. Since then, the festival has grown to offer a diverse array of talks by fermentation experts, hands-on demonstrations, and the opportunity to taste dozens of artisan fermented foods.
Profits from the festival directly benefit Fairview Gardens, which supports long-term sustainability in our community and the preservation of one of Santa Barbara County’s most treasured urban farms.”
We will be there, will you? Come on, you know your gut wants to! Join us and get your tickets here.