Invitation to Public Meeting

November 3, 2016

    Please join us for this public meeting to discus Fermentation Fest – past and future! We want you to share feedback, with us as part of the Fest’s annual process of post-event reflection and evaluation. Participant evaluations have played a key role in shaping each year’s event and now having completed our sixth […]


November 2, 2016

Fermentation Fest has rapidly grown in the six years we have been running, and we believe in the importance of taking a step back before taking steps forward. To that end, the decision has been made to continue much of Fermentation Fest annually but to shift the Farm/Art DTour to every other year or to […]

Thank you!

October 31, 2016

After a wonderful nine days where art, farming, food and learning converged in Sauk County we are feeling incredibly grateful to the many individuals and organizations who made Fermentation Fest possible this year. We wish to thank all those who contributed towards another successful event, bringing thousands of people to beautiful Sauk County. On behalf […]

Acknowledged by White House

October 7, 2016

  As we are in the midst of Fermentation Fest, it’s great to see our achievements are being recognised on a national level – The White House Rural Council has included our work as part of the USDA results. You can read the full article here (we are mentioned about half way down – ‘Driving […]

Special Events for Final Weekend

October 5, 2016

  Let’s celebrate Fermentation Fest together – Friday night’s Pig Roast and Sunday afternoon’s Apple Pie Contest.   (Who Doesn’t Love) a Pig Roast?!  Friday, October 7, from 4 – 7 pm. A Pig Roast at Farm/Art DTour Food Chain 1, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Loreto. Wisconsin River Meats will season and smoke a pig […]

Buy a Dtour Map!

September 19, 2016

  Buy Your Map on Your Way to the DTour Beautiful and super-useful Farm/Art DTour map created by our friends at Cricket Design Works. This essential DTour item outlines all you’ll need to know along the route, including key information for all map stops with background details on artists, installations, Farm Forms and much more. […]

Fabulous Fermented Feast

September 10, 2016

A Fabulous Fermented Feast! What better way to celebrate “a Live Culture Convergence” than a six-course dinner prepared and served by a sampling of South Central Wisconsin’s robust community of chefs, artisans, and producers. This unique fermented feast welcomes special guest Sandor Katz, world renowned fermentation revivalist who will serve as the Feast’s culinary tour […]

Calling All Performers!

August 4, 2016

  Fermentation Fest 2016 is looking for performers – very broadly defined– dancers, musicians, actors, farmers, acrobats, contortionists and anyone in between – to enliven the Farm/Art DTour, a 50-mile, self-guided drive through the scenic farmland of Sauk County, Wisconsin. We are assembling a series of short performances (we call them ‘Pasture Performances’) that use the […]


July 12, 2016

  A short film from Fermentation Fest 2015 – documenting the ever so important URBAN/RURAL FLOW. The film is produced by the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Creative Placemaking Group and follows their discovery trip to Fermentation Fest last year.  Each year we work on both ends of the continuum to increase rural/urban flow, adding value, excitement and inspiration […]

Fermentation Fest – Chicago

June 30, 2016

Join us at Lagunitas Brewing, Chicago on August 15, 5:30 – 8:30pm. Learn to make your own yogurt, vinegar, and hot sauce, sample fermented salamis, kimchi, and pickles, purchase artisan-made fermentation crocks, and enjoy Lagunitas ales! 100% of proceeds from the evening (general admission tickets and beer sales) will support Wormfarm Institute and Fermentation Fest. Purchase your […]

Call for Poetry

June 17, 2016

Fermentation Fest invites submissions for short poems which will feature in Fermentation Fest 2016. The short poems – PassWords form part of the Farm/Art DTour and are inspired by the Burma Shave roadside advertisements that appeared throughout the country from 1925 to 1963.  Each advertisement was a catchy poem or jingle spread out over a series of signs […]

Invitation to create Farm Forms

June 7, 2016

Fermentation Fest are looking for local farmers, landowners or businesses along the Farm/Art DTour to bring to life their creative ideas. We would like to invite you to showcase your creativity by constructing a ‘Farm Form’ for the 6th annual Fermentation Fest. The Farm/Art DTour, a 50+ mile, self-guided drive through the scenic farmland of […]


May 25, 2016

Wormfarm Institute spotlighted by the UC Food Observer, a daily selection of must-read news on food policy, nutrition, agriculture and more, curated by the University of California as part of its UC Global Food Initiative. Read the full article here.

Nina Macheel Hired As Managing Director

January 15, 2016

New management role has been created to support the dramatic growth of Fermentation Fest

Congratulations to Passport Drawing Winners!

December 18, 2015

  At Fermentation Fest this past October, we launched a DTour Passport designed to enhance the travelers experience.  DTourists were invited to punch a card at each art installation along the route. Completed punchcards were entered into a drawing to win one of four weekend getaways in Baraboo, Sauk Prairie, Spring Green, and Reedsburg Wisconsin. The […]

Thank You Fermentation Fest 2015 Supporters!

November 6, 2015

Thank you to the funders, sponsors, media partners, volunteers, staff, and others who made Fermentation Fest 2015 a success!

Daily Specials – Oct. 11

October 11, 2015

Sunday Oct. 11 includes featured speaker Rachel Reynolds Luster, a contortionist, a brass quintet and more!

DTour Passports Now on Sale!

October 10, 2015

DTour Passports are now on sale for $30. Enhance your 2015 Fermentation Fest experience while supporting ongoing programming!

Daily Specials – Oct. 10

October 10, 2015

View special events, performances, and last minute additions for Saturday, Oct. 10

Daily Specials – Oct. 9

October 9, 2015

Friday, October 9 features the World Premiere of Forward, a new work by Matteo Roberts and Zach Johnston as a part of the Wormfarm DComposition Project at the Old School Art Asylum in Lime Ridge, a Fermenter’s Swap Party in Reedsburg as well as Food Chain vendors and Pop-Up stops along the DTour!