Cultured South to kick off its opening weekend in May with Fermentation Fest

Golda Kombucha will be available at Cultured South / Photo provided by Golda Kombucha

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Golda Kombucha will be available at Cultured South / Photo provided by Golda Kombucha

The long-awaited fermentation company from the owner of Golda Kombucha has announced its opening date.

Melanie Wade will open Cultured South May 20 in the Lee + White development at 1038 White St. off the Beltline’s Westside trail.

The company will feature a kombucha bar and fermentation marketplace that will sell fermented food and beverage products including Golda kombucha (a fermented tea drink), vegan cheeses, kefir, Jun, drinking vinegars, wild ferments, cold brew coffee and other probiotic-rich offerings.

The 6,000 square-foot warehouse will house areas for production, tastings and retail and will allow customers to taste, take home and learn about the making of kombucha, and will offer seating along the Beltline.

This will mark Golda’s third expansion since launching in 2013 and will see the company move from its former facility on the Eastside.

This year, Wade founded Cultured South as the parent company encompassing Golda Kombucha, Pure Abundance Cashew Cheese and other forthcoming probiotic-rich, fermented fare.

Cultured South will join several other high-profile projects moving into the Lee + White space including Wild Heaven Beer,

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, ASW Distillery, Doux South Pickles and Honeysuckle Gelato.

The space will also host events, including the second installment of Fermentation Fest at 6 p.m. May 20, as well as fermentation and yoga classes and collaborations with other craft beverage breweries.

Created to grow awareness about fermentation and provide education on the history and benefits of fermented foods, Fermentation Fest will feature fermented products from around two dozen local and regional producers, educational science demonstrations, seasonal kombucha on tap, kombucha mocktails and live music. Fermentation pros are encouraged to bring their own cultures  for a "culture swap," and guests can get samples from food truck and "mobile wellness cafe" Alkaline Junkie, as well as other fermented foods and drinks including chocolate, coffee, vegan cheeses, beer, cider, honey and sourdough crackers and breads.

Proceeds from the fest will be donated to Community Farmers Markets, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote a diverse local food culture.  General admission tickets are available for $10 online here (kids under 15 may attend for free with an adult). Libation Glass Passes can be purchased for $15 and include a souvenir ATLFF tasting glass and five tasting tickets redeemable from any beverage exhibitor at the festival.


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