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Fermentation Fest

Friday, 19 October 2012 | buzz
Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation. From wildfermentation.com

On Friday October 19, our guest host Kia Karlen spoke with Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation, Donna Neuwirth, co-founder of The Wormfarm Institute, and Jonny Hunter, founder of the Underground Food Collective, about the Reedsburg Fermentation Fest.   The Fermentation Fest, running from Oct 12 – 21 and taking place in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, is produced by the Wormfarm Institute. Donna Neuwirth, co-founder of the institute, explains more about the unique festival, “It is a live culture convergence, and it focuses on fermentation in all its form. It’s a fifty mile self guided tour through beautiful farmland of north west Sauk County.” The festival will begin and end in Reedsburg, but will pass through three different towns, “all of which have little restaurants, little taverns, antique stores… no chain restaurants there.” There will also be art installations: sight-specific temporary installations as well as ‘field art’, interpretive materials that speak about the agriculture of the region.   Sandor Katz will be teaching two of the thirty classes offered this Saturday, “The Art of Fermentation” and “Fermentation Evolution, Culture, and Community.” There will also be a book signing. This will be Sandor’s first time participating in this festival. He explains the prevalence of fermentation in all human cultures, “sometimes when I point out to people that almost every person on this planet eats fermented food, they are surprised [to hear] that… Bread, cheese, salami, and all the condiments we put on that sandwich are produced by fermentation. Fermentation is so critically important to each tradition all around the world many of our most basic foods…are products of fermentation…One third of all the food we eat are produced by fermentation. In the aggregate, the fermentation industry collectively amounts to one of the largest industries in the world.”   Johnny Hunter, of the Underground Food Collective, speaks to Sandor about the prevalence of the fermentation process used in restaurants today. He has observed that an increasing number of restaurants have taken on the fermentation process. Sandor affirms this observation,“more and more chefs are recognizing that it is an important part of the cuisine they are serving…they can’t just serve foods that have been fermented somewhere else.” The Underground Food Collective offers classes in Madison, including whole animal breakdown and Rillete making, the classic French potted meat.   To sign up for classes at the Fermentation Fest, visit fementationfest.com.   Listen …. more »

Let it Rot? No, Ferment.

Friday, 12 October 2012 | Molly Stentz
FermentationFest

There’s something brewing in Reedsburg. From this Friday evening, October 12th, through Sunday, October 21st, the Wormfarm Institute brings Wisconsin the Fermentation Fest, a celebration of all things bubbly, burbly, cultured, or fermented.   There are classes in making your own pickles or cheese, there are roadside stands vending local produce, there is a bluegrass band playing a work called Decomposition (and yes, it will be in the key of D). There will also likely be at least a few decorated silage bags as part of the Farm/Art D-Tour, a 50-mile tour of hand-crafted art around Sauk County.   Hear from fermentation guru Sandor Katz, who’ll be teaching several workshops at the Fermentation Fest on Saturday, October 20th. He spoke to WORT’s Rebekah Wilce. SandorKatz10-10-12 by wort-fm more »

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