Fermentation: the drinker’s favorite chemical reaction. It’s a magical transformation wherein a yeast enzyme converts sugars into simpler compounds thus turning the average, all-ages beverage into an adults-only elixir of celebration. If you love beer, wine, or spirits then you’re a fan of fermentation.
But wait a minute! The wonders of fermentation aren’t confined solely to alcoholic libations; there’s also a whole world of fermented foods! Sauerkraut? Yeah, that’s fermented. Kimchi? That, too. Kombucha tea? Heck, you already know the answer. Where would we be without fermentation? Well, we’d be sober and we’d definitely not have anything good to put on our bratwursts. That’s not a world I want to live in and that’s not a world the Fermentation Festival & Market wants to see, either.
The Fermentation Fest—to be held Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th at the Highlands Masonic Center—is a celebration of fermented foods and drinks. Participants at the festival will include breweries, wineries, distilleries, sauerkraut and kimchi makers, and kombucha brewers (for a full list of participating companies, click here). Attendees, in addition to eating and drinking their way around the festival, can also educate themselves with demonstrations on brewing kombucha, kefir fermentation, cheese making, and vegetable fermentation.
Drinkers, foodies, and biochemistry teachers—this festival is for you! I’ll see you at the Masonic Center (3550 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO); you don’t even have to know the secret handshake, you just need to purchase your tickets by clicking here (prices range from $15 to $50 depending on what you’d like included).