Frequently Asked Questions

Classes

How do I register for classes?
Do classes have age limits?
What is the refund policy?
Is there a waiting list for classes that are full?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Are class spaces handicapped accessible?
Are scholarships available for classes?

Farm/Art DTour

Where do I buy a DTour Map?
Where does the DTour start? Can I start it from either end?
Is this a beer festival?
Can I take pictures throughout Fermentation Fest?
What time does everything begin and end? What is the best time to enjoy Fermentation Fest?
How long does it take to drive the DTour?
Does the DTour cost anything?
How can I get the most out of the DTour?
Is there food on the DTour?
Can I bike the DTour?
Are animals allowed on the DTour?
Is there cell phone service on the DTour?
What happens if a pasture performance is rained out?
Where do I park if I stop along the DTour?
Are there restrooms on the DTour?
How can I be sure I’m not trespassing?
What else is there to do in the area?
What is the Wormfarm Institute? Does it really grow worms?

 

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

Over 40 classes are offered in 2016, and they fill up quickly, so register early! All registration takes place online.
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DO CLASSES HAVE AGE LIMITS?

Most of our classes and events are designed for adults. For all classes and events involving alcohol tasting, participants must be 21 or over. Child-friendly classes include: Hand-Built Beer Steins and Coffee Mugs (Oct 2 and Oct 9), Sculpture with Straw and Twine, and Fermenting 101Learn more about kid-friendly activities along the DTour.
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WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

Refunds requested by Monday, September 19, 2016, will be offered in full, less a $5 fee per class refunded. After September 19, we will offer a refund of 50% of the class price. If you need to request a refund, please contact info@fermentationfest.com.
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IS THERE A WAITING LIST FOR CLASSES THAT ARE FULL?

To get on a waiting list for a class, please email info@fermentationfest.com with your contact information and the name and date of the class that you would like to be waitlisted for.
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DO I HAVE TO BRING MY PRINTED TICKET TO THE EVENT?

No. The classes and events will have printed rosters for all registered participants.
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ARE CLASS SPACES HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE?

Some are, but not all. To verify accessibility for a specific class or classes, contact us at info@fermentationfest.com.
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ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR CLASSES?

A limited number of 50% scholarships are available. Apply for a scholarship online.
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WHERE DO I BUY A DTOUR MAP?

All the locations where you can buy a map are listed here

WHERE DOES THE DTOUR START? CAN I START IT FROM EITHER END?

The best way to plan your DTour is to preview the route using our basic online map, then purchase the comprehensive DTour map at Fermentation 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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IS THIS A BEER FESTIVAL?

Fermentation Fest includes places that offer locally and regionally brewed beer, but the Fest is much more than a beer fest. Fermentation Fest is a celebration of food, farming, our rural heritage, and culture! It is a Live Culture Convergence that brings together all kinds of “cultures”: agriCULTURE, live cultures found in natural, healthy foods, and the arts featured along the Farm/Art DTour.
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CAN I TAKE PICTURES THROUGHOUT FERMENTATION FEST?

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, tag them with #FermFest.
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WHAT TIME DOES EVERYTHING BEGIN AND END? WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO ENJOY FERMENTATION FEST?

The Farm/Art DTour is available every day during the Fest. We recommend taking the trip between 10 am – 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, or 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 – 4 pm. Classes are concentrated on the weekends at scheduled times; most require advance registration.
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DRIVE THE DTOUR?

Allow about 4 – 5 hours to drive the full DTour route. 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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DOES THE DTOUR COST ANYTHING?

The DTour is free, thanks to the generous support of sponsors, funders & partners, and individual contributions. To get the most out of the DTour experience we highly recommend purchasing a Map or a Passport and these sales go directly towards supporting the Fest.  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. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities or donate now.
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HOW CAN I GET THE MOST OUT OF THE DTOUR?

Allow plenty of time (4 – 5 hours), and follow the map in numerical order. If traveling from out of town, make it a day-long or 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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IS THERE FOOD ON THE DTOUR?

Two Food Chain stops offer food to eat onsite or to take away. Food Chain vendors serve on both weekends of the Fest, and during the week from 10 am – 2 pm. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes on and near the route. See the Visitors Guide for more information.
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CAN I BIKE THE DTOUR?

Absolutely! Experienced riders will enjoy biking the route, which typically takes 5 – 8 hours.
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ARE ANIMALS ALLOWED ON THE DTOUR?

Pets are permitted if kept on leashes at all times and cleaned up after. Please be respectful of landowners and other DTourists.
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IS THERE CELL PHONE SERVICE ON THE DTOUR?

Cell phone and Wi-Fi service is spotty along the DTour. Thanks to generous support from Bug Tussel Wireless, Food Chain I is a Wi-Fi hot spot. Make sure you purchase a DTour map before heading out to keep attuned to DTour offerings in the event cell phone service is not available.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF A PASTURE PERFORMANCE IS RAINED OUT?

Some performances may post a rain venue, or may reschedule for a different day.
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WHERE DO I PARK IF I STOP ALONG THE DTOUR?

You can park on the road shoulder or designated areas close to the Art Works and Pasture Performances.
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ARE THERE RESTROOMS ON THE DTOUR?

Port-a-Potties are available at Food Chain locations in Loreto and La Rue. Each town has restaurants and taverns with restrooms for patrons. Please support local businesses along the DTour.
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HOW CAN I BE SURE I’M NOT TRESPASSING?

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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WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN THE AREA

Reedsburg and the surrounding area offers destination attractions including the 400 State 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. For details on where to eat, stay, and play, check out our Visitors Guide.
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WHAT IS THE WORMFARM INSTITUTE? DOES IT REALLY GROW WORMS?

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.
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