Join local fermentation educators Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, authors of newly released Fiery Ferments, and Tara Whitsitt, founder of Fermentation on Wheels, for a day of cultured foods workshops, tastings, and starter culture swapping. Learn about the benefits of fermentation and how you can creatively & fearlessly ferment in your own kitchen.
2pm: Wild Vegetable Fermentation by Tara Whitsitt
Discover the simple tradition of preservation through bacterial collaboration in one of its most simple forms: via the the local micro-flora of vegetables! Fermented foods heal our bodies, celebrate age-old traditions, and promote healthy eco-systems. Learn about cost effective & simple tools that will help you get started at home. This presentation includes a hands-on demonstration and the audience is encouraged to get involved.
3:30pm: Fiery Ferments by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey
Whether you like it hot and spicy, or simply fermenty and delicious, this demonstration will show how fermented vegetables has moved beyond just sauerkraut (which we happen to love). We will share techniques that will show you how to get live probiotic foods from all your condiments from mustard to hot sauce, from chutney to fermented salads. Bring your curiosity and your taste buds (yup, there will be samples).
3:30 to 5pm: Culture Swap with Fermentation on Wheels
Tara will invite students onto the bus for tours, tastings, and fermentation talk. You are welcome to bring starter cultures of your own for exchange and discussion. If you would like to take a starter culture home with you, please bring something to trade or $10 (per starter culture).
Kirsten and Christopher Shockey will be available for book signing throughout the event.
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