Attendees at the 2017 festival took home a jar of their own carrot pickles from the Do-It-Yourself Fermentation Station.

Curious about fermented foods? Check out Atlanta Fermentation Fest 2019

Maybe you’re thinking about consuming more fermented foods because you’re interested in the health benefits you’ve heard about, or you care about how fermentation makes food more delicious and more digestible. 

Then you’ll want to come to the March 24 Atlanta Fermentation Festival. Organizer Melanie Wade of Golda Kombucha and Cultured South has partnered with Georgia Organics and The Farmer Fund to provide one place where you can sample products from more than two dozen local and regional producers, enjoy seasonal kombucha on tap, learn the science behind fermenting and meet people who care about and are working in this fast-growing world of food and beverage preparation. 

Atlanta’s first Fermentation Festival took place in 2017. Organizers weren’t sure what to expect or who would come. It turned out, lots of people came and they loved it. 

They loved learning about the science behind fermenting and meeting the people who make the cheeses, beverages, pickles and crackers they enjoy. 

And they wanted more. This year the festival will be held at the Cultured South brewery and marketplace in West End. 

What will you find? 

At the Atlanta Fermentation Festival, you can learn about the science behind fermentation.
Photo: Sophia Nicole Gallagher

There will be food producers with samples of their products to share. You can sit in on the talks and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day. Food history researcher Julia Skinner of Root will give a history of ferments. The founders of Cherokee Moon Mixology will explain how they forage and ferment their elixirs, shrubs and tonics. Kraig Torres of Hop City will demonstrate the basics of home brewing. 

Cheese is just one of the many fermented food products available for sampling at the Atlanta Fermentation Festival.
Photo: Sophia Nicole Gallagher

In partnership with The Homestead Atlanta, there’ll be a Food and Culture Swap where attendees bring and swap homegrown and foraged produce, homegrown foods, backyard eggs, pickles and more. 

The Dames + Dregs Beef Festival is hosting the Libation Lounge. Guests, 21 and over, can purchase a pass and receive tasting tickets to trade for 2 or 3 ounce pours of fermented alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 


Atlanta Fermentation Festival 

Sunday, March 24, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cultured South Kombucha Bar, Lee + White Development, 1038 White Street, Atlanta

Free general admission. Tickets for Libation Lounge are available for those 21 and older, $10 for five tasting tickets, $15 for five tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. 

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