Since 2009 my friends David Barber, George Winborn and I have put on the annual Portland Fermentation Festival with/at Ecotrust and every year it gets bigger and better. We're only two weeks out from this year's festival -- Thursday, Oct. 16th from 6-9:30pm at Ecotrust -- so I'm taking a moment to let you know all the stiiiiinky details in one place.
Most importantly, online tickets are on sale now ($10, $20) and you can purchase them here. Secondly, you can still apply to be an exhibitor -- more info. here. Beyond that I'm pasting the press release below and some recent media links. Here's the Facebook event page.
This year we're having a panel of experts kick of the fest rather than one guest speaker. The inaugural Portland Fermentation Festival was in 2009 with Sandor Ellix Katz as guest speaker and we were lucky enough to get him back to speak at last year's fest. Sandor is one of our heroes and favorite people so we asked him to speak again at this year's fest, knowing full well he'd probably be too busy for it, and that we were being a little greedy. Just want to share these words that Sandor wrote back to us in response:
"sorry can't make it this year. have fun and keep me posted on future festivals. i'm heading to the boston fermentation festival next month and austin (tx) festival in november. you were the pioneer fermentation festival and they keep spreading....."
Let's all be super proud to be a part of "THE PIONEER FERMENTATION FESTIVAL"! We can't wait to see you all in just over two weeks at the STIIIINK!
PRESS RELEASE Fifth Annual Portland Fermentation Festival Thursday, October 16th 6-9:30pm Ecotrust’s Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center Rooftop food and drink sales and music from DJ Pickle Barrel 721 NW 9th Ave. Portland, OR All ages, open to the public, $10-$20 Children 12 and younger attend for free www.portlandfermentationfestival.com
Open-to-the-public, all ages celebration of fermented food and drink. Bring kraut, try kraut. Bring miso, try miso. Come out for Portland's fermented food and drink skill sharing, recipe sharing, and tasting event of the year. We are very pleased to announce that this year's special pre-tasting event (special ticket must be purchased to attend this panel) will be a panel of fermentation experts. Nat West of Reverend Nat's Hard Cidery, David Barber of Picklopolis, Eric Finley of Chop Butchery & Charcuterie and Josh Grgas from Commons Brewery will answer questions and talk all things food/drink fermentation. Bring questions!
Come celebrate pickling season at the Fifth Annual Portland Fermentation Festival at Ecotrust. Taste and share live, fermented food and drinks made by professionals and home fermentation enthusiasts at the annual event that brought out more than 500 attendees in 2013.
Talk to fellow fermenters, exchange cultures and recipes, get advice from local food fermentation enthusiasts, and sample everything from sour pickles, miso and kefir to cheese, hard cider, and mead. Enjoy rooftop food and beverage sales from Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Commons Brewery and Bingo Sandwiches and music from DJ Pickle Barrel as well as fermentation demos from Claudia Lucero author of One-Hour Cheese, Gabe Rosen chef-owner of Biwa, Eric Finley butcher-owner of Chop Butchery & Charcuterie and Heidi Nestler teacher of Heidi Nestler Cooking Classes.
Tickets will be available online at portlandfermentationfestival.com on September 30th! Admission for the 7 or 8pm Thursday tasting sessions is $10. For $20 you get to attend the 7 pm tasting as well as fermentation demos and the 6pm panel of experts on all things food/drink fermentation.
Visit the website above for more information on how to enter your fermented goods and cultures for the event.