Fermentation Fest Featured in PBS Newshour

November 3, 2018

Jeffery Brown of PBS Newshour recently visited Reedsburg for Fermentation Fest as part of the ‘American Creators’ series. Watch the video below: This festival aims to bridge the urban-rural political divide ‘in a time of rot’ (PBS Newshour)

Farmers and Artists Collaborate with the Land

October 10, 2018

Regina Flanagan of St. Paul, Minnesota visited Fermentation Fest this year and wrote about her experiences in Art • Landscape • Design LLC Travel Log. Read the full article here: Landmarking: Farmers and Artists Collaborate with the Land 

Fermentation Fest in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

October 9, 2018

Mary Louise Schumacher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel traveled to the Driftless region for the 2018 Fermentation Fest. Read her full article for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel here: Thousands journey to Driftless Area for culture, agriculture and political subtext (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Graminy to Premiere New Composition about our Living Breathing World Oct 13

October 1, 2018

  What we breathe in another breathed out, and what we breathe out another will breathe in. As part of this year’s Fermentation Fest, Wisconsin’s award-winning “class-grass” band, Graminy, will premiere an original composition portraying this fundamental exchange of life. This will be a ticketed event along the Farm/Art DTour on Saturday, October 13 in […]

2018 Passwords Winners Announced

September 11, 2018

The winners of the 2018 Passwords competition have been announced! Guest judge, former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland selected four winners and four honorable mentions. The winners are: Brenda Axt, of Greenfield, WI, Krista Eastman, of Madison, WI, Pamela Johnson, of Brooklyn, WI, Laurel Radzieski, of Scranton, PA. Works by these poets will be featured […]

Fabulous Fermented Feast

September 6, 2018

Friday, September 28, 6 – 9:30 p.m. Madison College – Truax Campus in Diane’s Delicious Diner 1701 Wright Street B1287 Madison, WI 53704 Dinner, music, fermented beverages & special guest  Wormfarm Institute and the Madison College Culinary Arts Program invite you to the upcoming Fabulous Fermented Feast! Join us for a festive multi-course meal of locally-sourced dishes with an emphasis on fermentation, […]

Celebrating the Revival of North America’s Most Historic and Delicious Fermented Beverages

September 5, 2018

By Gary Paul Nabhan, Featured Fermenter, 2018 Fermentation Fest Few Americans would have guessed that Americans in the second millennium would be once again making and drinking the very same fermented beverages that had slaked the thirst of both indigenous and immigrant dwellers on this continent for centuries. And yet, with the revival of many […]

Fermentation Fest Calls for “PassWords” Poetry Submissions

July 23, 2018

Fermentation Fest invites writers to submit short poems for PassWords, a Farm/Art DTour feature modeled after the Burma Shave roadside advertisements, which appeared throughout the United States from 1925 to 1963. Each advertisement was a catchy poem or jingle spread out over a series of signs that motorists read as they drove by. Up to […]

Announcing 2018 Farm/Art DTour Artists

June 26, 2018

Regional and International Artists Mark the Return of the Farm/Art DTour Suzanne Husky, San Francisco, CA working on Milky Way Farm/Art DTour 2016 After an open call, drawing 60 proposals from eight countries, and a lively exchange among a jury of six arts professionals, the artists of the 2018 Farm/Art DTour have been selected! Six regional and […]

Seeking Farm/Art DTour Coordinator

January 4, 2018

Wormfarm Institute is seeking a Farm/Art DTour Coordinator – a key project position for the 8th annual Fermentation Fest. This position focuses on planning and implementing the Farm/Art DTour and works closely with Program Director, Executive Director and Logistics Coordinator for a smooth running high quality event.

Call for Artists: 2018 Farm/Art DTour

January 4, 2018

  The Farm/Art DTour is a  50+-mile self-guided tour through the beautiful working lands of Sauk County, Wisconsin punctuated by Art Works (large-scale temporary art installations), Pasture Performances, PassWords (roadside poetry) Field Notes (interpretive signage), and more. The DTour is part of Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence, 10 days of classes, tastings, and […]

2017 class and event schedule now live!

August 1, 2017

    The 7th annual Fermentation Fest is upon us!  We have more classes than ever to choose from and we’re thrilled with the international flavor of this year’s ferments. Register online for over 60 classes, hands-on workshops, tastings, lectures, and demonstrations, taught by renowned foragers, fermenters, artists, chocolatiers, poets, bakers, and brewers.

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 […]