Beer. Kombucha. Yogurt. Sauerkraut. We know them as yummy. They are also the products of fermentation. And on Saturday, you can learn more about fermented foods and beverages, from local sources to how to make your own, at the third annual Eugene Fun with Fermentation Festival.
Brought to you by The Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance, the festival happens Sat. Jan. 14, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WOW hall, 291 W. 8th, Eugene, Oregon. The event is a fundraiser for Food for Lane County and WVSFA.
Admission is on a sliding scale of $10-20 per person, or $5 with 2 cans of food. Children 12 and under are free.
Sample Fermented Food Goodness from 25+ Eugene ARea Food Businesses
Over 25 local businesses are expected to participate in the festival. Local natural foods businesses will showcase, demonstrate, and provide free samples of locally produced cheeses, chocolates, coffees, wines, beers, kombuchas, breads, tempeh, pickles, and many other local fermented delicacies. Local food carts Devour and Viva Vegetarian Grill will be serving their menus as well, which will highlight fermented ingredients.
Demos and workshops show you how you can put the power of fermentation to work in your kitchen
The event has an educational focus, centered on discovering the many ways that fermentation is practiced with many foods. The stage demonstration schedule features local blogger Jennifer Burns Levin, Nutritional Therapist Yaakov Levine, Eight…Nine Tempeh, Falling Sky Brewery, and OSU Master Food Preservers. There will also be a kids zone, raffle prizes, and beer/wine bottle sales downstairs.
About the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance
The Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance is a regional trade association comprised of companies that promote natural food businesses through relationships, education, and sustainable business practices. The alliance endeavors to nurture new and existing businesses by sharing best practices and acting as mentors, educate the community about the health benefits of natural and organic foods, and foster a network to assist in regional sourcing of ingredients and raw materials. WVSFA works with the city and county on issues affecting the viability of natural foods businesses, and to foster and develop access to distribution channels. For more information, please visit www.wvsfalliance.org