Ferment! Ferment! began 3 years ago to encouraging home fermentation. Each year it has grown and provided loads of fermentation inspiration! Attendees brought an incredible variety of samples to share and there were four fantastic workshops. It was a festive crowd with fantastic things to taste. You couldn’t help but strike up conversation with the person next to you as you pointed out the great drink or an amazing fermented food item you just tried and they NEEDED to taste!
There were tasting tables for dairy, grains & legumes, vegetables (kim chees, krauts, and more that you never imagined!), alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. As well as “Other Ferments” for creations the hosts hadn’t even thought of! The selection and creativity was SO impressive!
There was every vegetable imaged from traditional pickles to various flavors of amazakes. There was banana rum kefir cheesecake, rosemary garlic, roasted tomato cashew cheese, Russian rye kvass, sourdough tortillas, as well as tempeh pigs in a blanket with fermented ketchup and sauerkraut. And, in the DIY spirit of the event, there was a table with cultures you could try – folks brought containers of sourdough, jun, kombucha scobies, yogurt, and kefir starters for others to explore fermentation.
Workshops included demonstrations and tons of tips from experts. Presenters included Angela Davis of Fermentation Matters
discussing “Sour Power: Probiotic Veggies for Vibrant Health”; Cherly Paswater of Contraband Ferments, who demonstrated a dairy-free nut cheese recipe; James Kinne, who provided a primer on tasting and fermenting techniques for sour beers; and Ken Fornataro (https://culturesgroup.net/ ) presented how the kefir cultures can be used for fruit drinks, milk drinks, yogurt and cheese and the nutritional benefits.
It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday! Here’s the recipe for what what I brought as a sample item. I made it with my homemade yogurt. It was super tasty:Yoghurt & Spinach Dip, ‘Borani Esfanaaj’, in the Persian Manner.
So get out there and ferment! I know I’m full of new ideas! If you want some direction, the check out NYC Ferments. NYC Ferments is an active meet-up group that began the same year of Ferment! Ferment! If you want to learn about and exchange fermented goods on a regular basis, be sure to check them out.