FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Fermentation Fest

Farm/Art DTour

 

Q. How do I register for classes?

A. Registration for classes for the Fermentation Fest 2016 will open in August. All bookings are to be made online and we advise booking early to avoid disappointment. Join the Fermentation Fest mailing list and be the first to know about the classes – sign up here.


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Q. Are scholarships available?

A. A limited number of work-study scholarships will be available to attend classes for free or at a reduced price. For inquiries and to apply for a scholarship, please contact us at info@fermentationfest.com.

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Q. Are children welcome at Fermentation Fest classes?

A. Classes are for adults only. See our Got Kids? page for information about activities for the whole family.

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Q. What else is there to do while we’re in the area?

A. Reedsburg offers great shops, the “400” State Bike Trail with bike rental, a wonderful Pioneer Log Village and Museum and lots of other great things to see and do.
We are a short drive to Doctor Evermor’s Sculpture Park, Wollersheim Winery, Devil’s Lake and Mirror Lake State Parks, Circus World Museum, the International Crane Foundation, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, American Players Theater, House on the Rock, The Painted Forest and dozens more attractions. More details here.
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Q. How should I dress for the weather?

A. Dress however you are most comfortable, in layers and with good walking shoes. Keep a jacket in your car as October weather in Wisconsin can be unpredictable. It is often one of our most wonderful months with dry, moderate temperatures, but there can be rainy, cool days as well. Feel free to call ahead for the latest weather updates.
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Q. What if I didn’t register for classes in advance?

A. There may be space available in some classes. There will be a list of Daily Specials – these will include pasture performances, open classes and other late-breaking opportunities. There will be unscheduled surprises both along the DTour and in downtown Reedsburg.
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Q. Are there places to stay in the area?

A. Reedsburg has many fine motels and B&B’s to offer visitors in need of lodging, and everyone in the hospitality industry is preparing for a large crowd during Fermentation Fest. We want your visit to Sauk County to be a happy, memorable one! please also consider  Baraboo,Spring Green and Sauk Prairie. If we all fill up,Reedsburg is within 15 miles of Wisconsin Dells with 1000s of rooms. For a listing of possible locations, please pick up a “Discover Reedsburg” guide when you are in the area! More information here.

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Q. What time does everything begin and end? What is the best time to enjoy Fermentation Fest?

A. The Farm/Art DTour is available every day during the Fest. We would recommend you take the trip between 10 am and 4 pm Friday – Sunday and 10 am – 2 pm Monday – Thursday so that you can enjoy the Food Chain Stops, which feature artist designed and built roadside stands vending produce, pickles, baked goods, and more! Pasture Performances will be on the weekends between 10 am and 4 pm.

Classes are concentrated on the weekends at scheduled times and most require advance registration.

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Q. So, is this really just a big beer festival?

A. This answer might disappoint a few folks out there, but Fermentation Fest is about much more than beer. Fermentation is about abundance and making it last. Fermentation is transformation – from grain to beer, milk to yogurt, cabbage to sauerkraut , soybeans to soy sauce. It’s an ancient process that adds nutrients, flavor and long life to foods that would otherwise spoil. Did you know that chocolate is also fermented? Don’t forget about cheese, coffee, pickles or kimchi! Non-edible items such as compost and silage are fermented too.

Fermentation Fest is a celebration of food, farming, our rural heritage and culture! That is why we call it a Live Culture Convergence – it brings all kinds of “cultures” together… agriCULTURE, live cultures found in natural, healthy foods and the arts featured along the Farm/Art DTour.

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Q. Are class spaces handicapped accessible?

A. Some class spaces are handicapped accessible. If you have concerns about accessibility for a specific class or classes, please contact us at info@fermentationfest.com.

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Q. Can I take pictures of things that I see and experience during Fermentation Fest?

A. Yes! Please do, and show all of your friends! We only have two requests. First, please respect the beliefs of our Amish friends along the way, as they wish to not be photographed. Second, please post them to social media using #FermFest.

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Q. How do I know where to start the DTour? Can I start it from either end?

A. In the run up to and during the festival, detailed maps are available at certain locations throughout the area, or can be downloaded from the website. All official stops are numbered on the map, and identified in the event guide. Although you can start your tour from either direction, we highly recommend going in the direction indicated on the map, as some installations will be much more visible if approached from a certain direction. We don’t want you to miss something wonderful!

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Q. Can I experience the DTour on a bike?

A. Absolutely! Experienced riders will enjoy this unique method of traveling the route. Cue sheets are available on the website and at the Headquarters. See our cycling page for more information.

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Q. Are animals allowed on the DTour?

A. Pets are permitted as long as they are kept on leashes at all times and cleaned up after. Please be respectful of landowners and other DTour visitors.
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Q. Will I have cell phone service on the DTour?

A. The DTour goes through many rural areas, and cell service is likely to be spotty. It’s a good idea to pick up or print a map of the area before heading out, in addition to the DTour map located in the Fermentation Fest Event Guide. Fermentation Fest Headquarters, located at the Chamber of Commerce, is a good resource for local maps and directions.
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Q. What happens if a Pasture Performance is rained out?

A. Some performances may post a rain venue, or may reschedule for a different day. You may also enjoy the rainsoaked DTour from inside your car or with an umbrella.
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Q. Does the DTour cost anything?

A. Driving the DTour and enjoying the Art Works and Pasture Performances is completely free of charge. However, donations are gratefully accepted to support the artists, performers and Fermentation Fest staff who work year round to make the DTour a reality. Tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted. Click here to donate.
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Q. How does parking work on the DTour?

A. DTour visitors are welcome to park on the road shoulder in order to get out and see the Art Works and Pasture Performances up close. Be mindful of traffic and watch for pedestrians, cyclists and farm equipment when driving the DTour.

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Q. How can I get the most out of the DTour?

A. Allow yourself plenty of time and follow the map in numerical order – to drive the full DTour takes about 4-6 hours. If traveling from out of town, make a day or a weekend trip to allow yourself time to enjoy the experience to its fullest. While the art installations are visible from the road, visitors are strongly encouraged to get out of their cars, take in the surroundings, see the work up close, and in some cases become part of the installation themselves. Drive carefully and be respectful of your fellow DTourists and the generous landowners who make the DTour possible.
Be alert for rogue installations and other surprises!
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Q. Are there restrooms on the DTour?

A. There will be Port-a-Potties at both Food Chain stops, located in Loreto and La Rue. Each town has restaurants and taverns with restrooms for patrons. Be sure to support local businesses along the DTour
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Q. How long does it take to drive the DTour?

A. To drive the full DTour takes about 4-5 hours, and may take longer allowing for time spent at art installation sites and Pasture Performances. Cycling may take about 5-8 hours. Many choose to drive the DTour over two days.
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Q. Is there food on the DTour?

A. There will be vendors offering a variety of food items at both Food Chain stops on both weekends of the Fest, and during the week from 10-2. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes on and near the route. See the DTour map for more information.
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Q. How can I be sure I’m not trespassing?

A. Stay within the area where the Art Work or Pasture Performance is located,  use existing paths, and respect the land and its generous owners by leaving no trace.
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Q. So, what is the Wormfarm Institute? Is it really a place that grows worms?

A.This is our most common question! The answer lies in Charles Darwin’s quote, “Every fertile grain of soil has passed at least once through the gut of an earthworm.” Without a doubt, the Wormfarm does grow worms who do their part to make the literal fertile soil used to grow organic produce on the farm. Fertile soil is also a metaphor for a hospitable environment for the creative expression of artists and writers.

Formed in 2000 with an artist residency program, Wormfarm Institute is a non profit organization that explores the links between urban and rural communities within and beyond the food chain, creating a setting for artistic collaboration. Wormfarm expands the concept of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which helps reconnect consumers with the source of their food, by connecting urban and rural, people and land, culture and agriculture.

For more information on Wormfarm see: www.wormfarminstitute.org

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