FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Fermentation Fest

Farm/Art DTour

 

Q. How do I register for classes?

A. Over 40 classes are offered in 2016, and they fill up quickly. So register early. All registration is online. Learn more and register here.


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Q. Are scholarships available?

A. A limited number of work-study scholarships are available to attend classes for free or at a reduced price. Contact us at info@fermentationfest.com for more information

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Q. Are children welcome at Fermentation Fest classes?

A. Classes are for adults only. See our Fun for the 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 and the surrounding area offers destination attractions including the “400” State Bike Trail with bike rental, a Pioneer Log Village and Museum, 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. October weather in Wisconsin can be unpredictable – it is often dry, with moderate temperatures, but can also be rainy and cool. Check for weather updates and bring outerwear as needed including good walking shoes and comfortable, layered apparel.
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Q. What if I didn’t register for classes in advance?

A. All registration is managed through our online registration system which will let you know if it is possible to get into classes on the day you wish to attend. Classes tend to fill up so register in advance if possible.
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Q. Are there places to stay in the area?

A. Reedsburg has many fine accommodations, as do nearby communities of Baraboo, Spring Green and Sauk Prairie. The Fest is within 15 miles of Wisconsin Dells with thousands of rooms. More information is available in our online Visitor Guide.

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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 recommend taking the trip between 10 am and 4 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and 10 am – 2 pm Monday through Thursday. During these hours 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. Fermentation Fest includes places that offer locally and regionally brewed beer, but the Fest is much more than a beer fest. The Fest is a celebration of food, farming, our rural heritage and culture! t is a Live Culture Convergence that 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. To verify accessibility for a specific class or classes, 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 share them with your friends! We request two things: Please respect the beliefs of any Amish you encounter, as they wish to not be photographed, and if you post your photos to social media, use #FermFest.

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

A. The best way to plan your DTour is to preview the route using our online map, then purchase the comprehensive map at Fest headquarters and other locations near and on the DTour. All official stops are numbered on the map and described in the map notes. Although you can start your tour from either direction, we recommend going in the direction indicated on the map, as some installations are more visible if approached from a certain direction.

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Q. Can I experience the DTour on a bike?

A. Absolutely! Experienced riders will enjoy biking the route, which typically takes 5-8 hours. Download a cue sheet on our cycling page or pick one up at Fest headquarters in Reedsburg.

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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. Cell and Wi-Fi service is spotty along the DTour. Make sure you purchase or download a DTour map before heading out. 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 rain soaked 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. However, donations (which are tax-deductible, payable to Wormfarm Institute) are gratefully accepted to support the artists, performers and Fermentation Fest staff who work year round to make the DTour a reality. Click here to donate.
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Q. How does parking work on the DTour?

A. DTour visitors can 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-long or a weekend trip to allow time to fully enjoy the experience. Visitors are strongly encouraged to get out of their cars to take in the art works, performances, and surroundings – and in some cases become part of the installation themselves. Drive carefully and be respectful of 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. Port-a- Potties are available at Food Chain locations 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 cycling takes about 5-8 hours. Your time on the route will vary depending on how much time you spend at art installation sites and Pasture Performances. Many choose to drive the DTour over two days.
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Q. Is there food on the DTour?

A. Two Food Chain stops offer a variety of food to eat on the premises or take away. Food Chain vendors serve 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 and the Visitors Guide 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! Formed in 2000 with an artist residency program, Wormfarm Institute is a not-for- profit organization that explores the links between urban and rural communities within and beyond the food chain, creating a setting for artistic collaboration. Our name is derived from Charles Darwin’s quote, “Every fertile grain of soil has passed at least once through the gut of an earthworm.” Fertile soil is a metaphor for a hospitable environment for the creative expression of artists and writers. The Wormfarm Institute does include a farm that grows worms that do their part to make the literal fertile soil used to grow organic produce on the farm. 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 wormfarminstitute.org.

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