LA Fermentation Festival

This weekend, after stuffing myself at the LA Street Food Fest on Saturday, I attended the inaugural Los Angeles Fermentation Festival in Venice on Sunday! The festival originated in Santa Barbara, but expanded to LA this year.  It took place at the Venice Arts Plaza, a location that was surprisingly difficult to “Google” because it’s actually made up of three organizations working out of the same address:  Beyond Baroque, Kiss the Ground, and SPARC.  Profits from this event went to these organizations.

When I arrived and saw the relatively small layout and limited samplings of food and drink I was initially disappointed, but that feeling was short lived.  While nearly all exhibitors had samples on hand, this was not an eating-centric festival.  Instead, this was a space for fermentation enthusiasts to share their experiences on pickling, brewing, etc.

With my expectations properly adjusted, my family and I had a darn good time talking to exhibitors, participating in the hands-on activities and demonstrations, and, yes, sampling some delicious kombucha (by Health-Ade), kombucha (by The Bu Kombucha), and did I mention kombucha (by Fermentation Farm)?  (They were all really good, and really quite different from each other.)

Kombucha at the LA Fermentation Festival

Kombucha at the LA Fermentation Festival

 

Of the foods I sampled, the three that stood out to me the most were some vegan pâtés made from sprouted almonds from Bara’s Fresh, the assortment of kimchi from Wildbrine, and this house-made black garlic—some voodoo about cooking garlic slowly in a rice cooker until it turns dark and rich—from Sama Sama Kitchen.

Bara's Fresh Almond Pâté at the LA Fermentation Festival

Bara's Fresh Almond Pâté at the LA Fermentation Festival

 

Wildbrine's Kimchi at the LA Fermentation Festival

Wildbrine's Kimchi at the LA Fermentation Festival

 

Sama Sama Kitchen's Black Garlic at the LA Fermentation Festival

Sama Sama Kitchen's Black Garlic at the LA Fermentation Festival

 

Since the samples were not enough to make a meal, several vendors were on-hand, some selling sandwiches and salads (Gjusta Bakery), and others selling grilled sausages (Wine Country Sausage, who were also selling their house-made charcuterie).

Gjusta Bakery's Sandwiches at the LA Fermentation Festival

Gjusta Bakery's Sandwiches at the LA Fermentation Festival

 

Wine Country Sausage's Pepperoni Sticks at the LA Fermentation Festival

Wine Country Sausage's Pepperoni Sticks at the LA Fermentation Festival

 

Hands-on activities at the festival included a SCOBY petting zoo from Kombucha Kamp, which was fun for the kids, DIY pickling stations, and workshops on how to make ferment fruit, preserve lemons, and make kimchi!  The whole family got in on the fun!

DIY Pickling Station at the LA Fermentation Festival

DIY Pickling Station at the LA Fermentation Festival

Kimchi Making Workshop at the LA Fermentation Festival

Kimchi Making Workshop at the LA Fermentation Festival

 

 

While I am an avid consumer of fermented goods, I’m likely not the target audience for the LA Fermentation Festival, but I’d consider returning if they bring it back agan to LA.  Unfortunately, I missed out on the alcoholic “Farm-to-Bar” area, more of a reason to return next year!

Every Festival Needs a Guy in a Funny Suit

Every Festival Needs a Guy in a Funny Suit

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LA Fermentation Festival
681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
http://fermentla.org/

15. July 2015 by The Offalo
Categories: Beer, Events and Festivals, Kombucha, Pickles | 1 comment

One Comment

  1. Hello Offalo,
    We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself at LAFF! It is a community event with lots of people coming together to share all things fermented. The Hands-on demos and vendors are always a big hit, but we hope you made it to the other side of the festival where we had more demos, speakers, Screamin’ Pickle Contest and Farm-to-Bar. Thanks for blogging about us. If any of your readers don’t want to wait until next year, the Santa Barbara version is September 20th. fermentsb.org

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