Last year's first annual Portland Fermentation Festival in late August at Ecotrust was a screaming success. More than 500 people turned out to sample everything from natto, kefir and potato cheese to hard cider, kimchi and kombucha.
A big draw last year was the Mr. Sandorkraut himself -- special guest Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved. I had interviewed Sandor several months prior for the May 2010 issue of The Sun and it was an honor to have him visit Portland for the inaugural PFF.
Although Sandor won't be at this year's PFF we hope you will. Event details can be found below but all you really need to know if you love fermented food and drink is when and where. We're honored that Ecotrust has agreed to host the funky fest again this year because let me tell you that a room full of fresh ferments is, how do I put it, well, a little ripe. We're very grateful that they're willing to put up with the stink.
So if you don't love the smell of dill and garlic slapped sour pickles, tart and punchy kombucha, sweet and sour fruit kimchi, or mild and tart kefir don't come. There will be more to sample for the rest of us. That's what the event is all about -- sampling ferments, talking with those who made them and skill sharing.
If you didn't get a chance to sign up as a presenter don't worry. You can still bring your ferments to share. You won't have a table and set-up but that's ok. The more the merrier. So, please, come out for the wild, funky, stinky and delicious Portland Fermentation Festival 2010!
Second Annual Portland Fermentation Festival When: Wed., October 20th 6-8pm Where: Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Ave., #200, Portland, OR What: Sample and learn about all sorts of food and drink ferments Cost: $5 at the door