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Austin Fermentation Festival Returns

By Adrienne Whitehorse, October 22, 2015, 1:00pm, On the Range

Fermentation methods dating back to 6,000 BC have in recent years seen a resurgence as the health benefits of probiotic microbes have gained more mainstream attention. That's especially true in Austin, where over 2,500 people attended last year's inaugural Austin Fermentation Festival. Now the festival is returning for a second year.

The festival, held this Sunday, Oct. 25, moves to a larger venue this year, the beautiful Victorian-era Barr Mansion in Northeast Austin, in order to accommodate more workshop attendees. Classes and demos will focus on a wide variety of topics, including cheesemaking, kombucha, tempeh, sauerkraut, and beer brewing – and perhaps less-known subjects such as Japanese miso, chutneys, fermented sausage, and an earthy tonic called beet kvass. Instruction will come from chefs of Barley Swine, Salt & Time, and Dai Due; representatives from Buddha's Brew and Whole Foods Market; and local celebrity bloggers, like Amanda Love (the Barefoot Chef) and Kate Payne (of the Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking).

This year's keynote speaker is Jennifer McGruther, founder of and author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook. Vendors this year range from community breadmaker Miche Bread to cideries like Argus Cidery and Texas Keeper and cheesemakers Dos Lunas. And it wouldn't be an Austin festival without live music. Texas Farmers Market regulars La Strada and local singer-songwriter Ali Holder provide the soundtrack to all this culture.

Tickets and the full schedule of classes and workshops available here.

Austin Fermentation Festival
Sun., Oct. 25, 9am-4pm
Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle
$25 (kids 12 and under, free)

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