About Fermentation Fest

Wormfarm Institute presents – Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence taking place annually in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Fermentation Fest celebrates live culture in all its forms, from dance to yogurt, poetry to sauerkraut. Farmers, chefs, artists, poets and cheese makers converge in the beautiful working lands of Sauk County with a series of tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes, art events, performances, food carts and more.

Classes, Tastings and more

Each weekend, Reedsburg features a series of tastings, lectures and hands-on classes celebrating local abundance and making it last. From cheese making techniques and home-crafted beer secrets to yogurt and pickling made simple, the Live Culture Convergence has it all!

Authors, chefs, bakers, scientists, chocolatiers, and cheesemakers will provide plenty of food for thought. Over twenty classes will be held by experts on topics from fermented vegetables and hot sauces, to chocolate and coffee fermentation. Attendees will learn take-home skills, enjoy samples, and experience hands-on what fermented foods have to offer.


Farm/Art DTour

The Farm/Art DTour is a 50-mile self-guided backroads tour by car, bike or buggy through the beautiful, unglaciated hills and valleys of Sauk County that carries over the full 10-day event.

The DTour is punctuated by temporary art installations and artist-built mobile Roadside Culture Stands selling fresh, locally grown produce. You’ll also find Field Notes (rural culture education sites), Farm Forms (creations made by farmers, area businesses and community groups), Pasture Performances and more!

New things are bubbling up every day that are not included on the map. Keep your eyes peeled for “rogue installations” and pop-up stops.