About Fermentation Fest

Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence is an annual celebration of live culture in all its forms, from dance to yogurt, poetry to sauerkraut. Presented by Reedsburg, WI-based Wormfarm Institute, Fermentation Fest brings together farmers, chefs, artists, poets and performers in the beautiful working lands of Sauk County, WI for nine days of tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes, art events, performances, food carts and more.

Classes, Tastings and more

From saurkraut to hot sauces, from chocolate to coffee, beer and wine, from yogurt to sourdough bread, over one-third of what we consume is fermented. Fermentation Fest features authors, chefs, bakers, scientists, chocolatiers, brew masters and cheese makers over two consecutive weekends, offering 40 classes and lectures that celebrate the abundance and transformation of fermentation. Learn skills you can use at home, enjoy samples, and experience hands-on ways to bring fermentation into your daily experience.

Farm/Art DTour

This 50 mile self-guided tour through the hills and valleys of Sauk County is available to “DTourists” every day of the ten-day Fest. The DTour is punctuated by temporary art installations and artist-built mobile Roadside Culture Stands gathered in two Food Chain sites where fresh, locally sourced food is sold to enjoy onsite or take home as preserves and artisanal specialties to enjoy later. Field Notes (rural culture education sites), Farm Forms (creations made by farmers, community groups and businesses), Pasture Performances and other attractions make every mile of the DTour rich with discovery and surprises.


Be sure to buy a map at the Fest headquarters or at stops along the DTour to learn the background, history, and details of the DTour art, the food, the land.