Portland Fermentation Festival

Videos of the 2018 Portland Fermentation Festival

Our ninth annual 2018 Portland Fermentation Festival at Ecotrust was a dream come true with special guests travelling all the way from Tokyo for it! This year's festival Panel of Experts theme was Japanese ferments and included Kaoru Shibata and Machiko Tateno of Kitchen Nippon, Yuji Shimada from Kombucha Ship and festival co-organizer Heidi Nestler of Portland's Wanpaku Natto. Thank you so much to Travel Portland's Jeff Hammerly and Yoko Furukawa for translating the panel! I really enjoyed moderating it.

My dear friend and festival friend, Earnest Migaki of Jorinji Miso, took four wonderful short videos of this year’s festival and recently posted them to YouTube. I decided to put them all in one place here so that they’re easy to find. If you weren’t able to attend, or if you simply want to revisit the magic, you can do so below with part 1 and 2 of the Panel of Experts or part 1 and 2 of the festival tastings.

Thank you to everyone who came out and made the night so special!

For a full list of everyone who participated this year head here.

For 2018 festival photos head here.

Part 1 of the Panel of Experts:

Part 2 of the Panel of Experts:

Part 1 of the festival and set-up:

Part 2 of the festival, toward the end of the final tasting:

Portland Fermentation Festival 2018 Exhibitors, Vendors and Demo Leaders

Festival co-organizers Claudia Lucero and Heidi Nestler put together this rad thank you that went out to 2018 Portland Fermentation Festival attendees along with a list of all exhibitors, vendors and demo leaders. I’m sharing it here so that you can find all this good info in one place. Hooray for STINKFEST!!!

From the email:

Thank you SO much for coming out to taste, share and enjoy our annual "Stinkfest!" We would not have such a great festival without you.



Are you wondering where to find that delicious bread, kombucha or kimchi you loved? Do you have a burning question about natto or vinegar that you didn't get to ask the demo leaders? We're here to help!

Below is the complete list of this year's exhibitors, demo leaders and food vendors. Reach out to them, take their classes, support their businesses and keep the fermented food goodness flowing all year long. If you have any feedback or suggestions for next year, reply and let us know what's on your mind. Have a lovely day PFF peeps!

P.S. Scroll to the bottom to link to Liz Crain's (our fest's founding organizer) traditional post-fest blog post. Can spot yourself in a photo? ;)

9th Annual Portland Fermentation Festival - 2018

Demo Leaders

Natto - Heidi Nestler

Cheese and Molds - Claudia Lucero

Sourdough - Charlene Murdock & Richard White

Kimchi and Vinegar - Heather Arndt Anderson
Classes in Portland via AirBnB Experiences

Tasting Room Exhibitors

Careen Stoll Ceramics

Choi's Kimchi


Fizz Kid Soda (not a business)

Jorinji Miso

Kombucha Ship (from Tokyo)

Machiko Tateno & Kaoru Shibata (Kitchen Nippon from Tokyo)


Oregon Brineworks

Reverend Nat's Hard Cider

Soma Kombucha

Stinging Kombucha Hot Sauce

Tabor Bread

Thubten Comerford

Urban Cheesecraft

Vivian Lee Kimchi

Wanpaku Natto

Wild Food Adventures

Rooftop Food Vendors

Reverend Nat's Hard Cider



Jimbo's Playlist (enjoy that rooftop vibe anytime!)

Liz's Post Fest Post (spoiler, adorable toddler making sauerkraut!)

XOXO, from the entire festival team

P.S. Here is some of the coverage of the event: KGW short news spotKGW longer news spotPortland Tribune

Seventh Annual Portland Fermentation Festival 2016

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Here we go again! The date for the SEVENTH Annual Portland Fermentation Festival at Ecotrust (as always -- we love Ecotrust!) has been set and we're happy to let you know that it can serve to jump start your Halloween weekend this year on Thursday, October 27th from 6-9:30pm. We also encourage you to come out and sample a lot of briny and full of flavor food and drink to help brighten your mind and outlook so that you get out and vote on Election Day less than two weeks later. Do it!

Below are all the details from the press release that we have set so far for this year's stinky good time!


Organizers & Media Contacts:

Liz Crain lizcrain at gmail dot com

George Winborn gw.winborn at gmail dot com

David Barber briney at picklopolis dot com

Seventh Annual Portland Fermentation Festival Thursday, October 27th 6-9:30pm Ecotrust's Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center Rooftop food and drink sales and music curated by DJ Jimbo 721 NW 9th Ave. Portland, OR All ages, open to the public, $10-$20 Children 12 and younger attend for free

Please join us on the evening of Thursday, October 27th (Just days away from Election Day! Vote! Please encourage others to vote!) at Ecotrust for Portland's annual, open-to-the-public, all-ages celebration of fermented food and drink. Bring miso, try miso. Brink sour pickles, try sour pickles. Come out for Portland's premier fermented food and drink skill sharing, recipe sharing and tasting annual event.

Come celebrate pickling season at the Seventh Annual Portland Fermentation Festival at Ecotrust. Taste and share live, fermented foods and drinks made by professionals and home fermentation enthusiasts at the annual festival that brought out 600-plus attendees in 2015. This year's special pre-tasting event will be a panel of fermentation experts including Nat West of Reverend Nat's Hard Cider (He's bringing chicha to sample at this year's festival! All of the corn will be chewed pre-ferment!) and other local food and drink fermentation experts soon to be announced.

Admission for the 7pm or 8pm Thursday tastings and fermentation demos is $10. For $20 attend the 6pm panel of experts on all things food/drink fermentation in addition to the 7pm tasting and fermentation demos. Enjoy rooftop music, food and drink from Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Bingo Sandwiches and others TBD.

Festival coverage past and present:

KGW Photos from last year's festival at Food Lover's Guide to Portland Cooking Up a Story KBOO Food Show Portland Monthly Willamette Week Portland Mercury OPB

Twitter: @PDXFermentFest Facebook: Portland Fermentation Festival