Join Boston Organics at this year’s Fermentation Festival at the Boston Public Market on Sunday, August 26th! This free festival will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a complete schedule of events entirely dedicated to all things fermented. There will be a diverse collection of experts on hand to answer your fermentation questions and to share their knowledge and experience, including brewers, scientists, chefs, microbiologists, entrepreneurs, and writers.
We’ve compiled a list of our not-to-miss events at this year’s Fermentation Festival:
11 a.m.: Dosa making Demo with Leda Scheintaub
What’s a dosa you may ask? A dosa is a type of pancake indigenous to South India. Part of what makes it so special is its fermented batter. Often rolled up with vegetable fillings and served with chutneys and sambar (a lentil-based vegetable stew), dosas are not only delicious but also a great spotlight on the wonders of fermented cooking. Leda Scheintaub will be serving up dosa demos starting at 11am and will go over all the steps, tips and techniques for making your own tasty, South Indian pancakes at home.
12 to 4 p.m.: Kids Culture Center
Kids can enjoy a number of kid-specific activities on the lawn at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The events will include children’s book readings, handmade fermentation coloring books, temporary tattoo stations, a probiotic petting zoo, live music and more!
3 p.m.: Mashing the Patriarchy: Women Who Ferment Beer!
Beer brewing has long been a man’s world, but that is increasingly less true. This panel discussion will introduce some of Boston’s most prominent female brewers, including Brienne Allen from Notch Brewing in Salem; Maureen Fabry from CraftRoots Brewing in Milford; Jessica Alexander from Lamplighter Brewing in Cambridge; and Lauren Clark, author of Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day.
Make Your Own Sauerkraut with the Kraut Mob!
A Kraut Mob is a special group of highly skilled artisan fermenting mobsters that organize and lead kraut making DIY demonstrations and workshops. Everyone is invited to make sauerkraut together under the guidance of local Kraut Mobsters (i.e., fermentation experts). As in years past, Boston Organics is sponsoring this year's Kraut Mob and donating several cases of delicious, organic veggies.
If you’re already a superstar fermenter and have any extra live cultures, bacterial starters or mothers you can bring them to this year’s Fermentation Festival and participate in the culture swap. Bring your cultures in labeled jars or Ziploc bags to share with other attendees and take a few new ones home to try yourself!
Fermented Food and Drink Samples!
Dozens of local and regional artisan fermented food and drink makers will be on site sampling their ferments. From pickles to kombucha, you don’t want to miss the chance to explore the sights, smells and tastes of all that fermented foods have to offer!