New York City is having its first ever Fermentation Festival and I bet the city's residents are stoked! If you aren't sure which enjoyable foods are fermented, think kombucha, beer and pickles. Exciting, right?
Tasting Table reports that the festival will feature more than 30 vendors, including local businesses such as Brooklyn Brewery, Kombrewcha and Mama O's Kimchi. Samples will be available of all kinds of fermented goods, from boozy to family-friendly. There's something in it for everyone!
The tickets are on sale now and the Festival is on Feb. 25, so go ahead and register if you're close by, or if you're willing to travel for tasty fermented foods. The Festival website has a ton of good information about what will be available during the event, and tells us what fermentation actually is (honestly, I just knew it produced good food). In case you're curious, it's "the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat," says the website.
Okay, that didn't sound very appetizing, so I'll stick with thinking about pickles and brews. Not only is this a great way to support local businesses, but some nonprofits will be getting involved as well. Just Food is one of them; it's an organization that works with the community to increase access to healthy and locally grown foods. Another nonprofit getting involved is the New York City Brewers Guild, which is an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the NYC brewers and craft beer industry. It's always good to have someone looking out!
There will be vegetable pop-up workshops for the kids and beer-by-the-glass for the adults. How much more fun can you make veggie eating for kids? Even I'm interested. There will be live music, as if everything else wasn't enough to spark your interest. The acoustic music will be provided by Homebrewsicians. I couldn't think of a more appropriate-sounding band for such an occasion. There are even DIY homebrew meetups! Get involved brewing your own fermented beverages!
The NYC Fermentation Festival will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 25. Click here to purchase tickets.