About a year ago, my sister and I embarked on a mission to organize an event to celebrate fermented foods. We both love fermenting and do it as a means of preservation, for health benefits, and to create intoxicating libations :). Fermentation was one of our society’s first acts of culture but unfortunately, fermenting foods is a dying practice.
We came up with the idea of having a “progressive workshop” that entailed five different workshops at five different businesses in our downtown area of McMinnville, Or. Each workshop was about an hour long and covered, the science of fermentation, kombucha, hard cider, kefir, and fermented vegetables.
We had different experts from our community lead the workshops and the event was free. It was a huge success with a great turnout and many happy community members ready to go home and start fermenting their own projects.
I was inspired to see what can be achieved when community comes together. All the businesses donated their space and the workshop leaders donated their time. All this allowed a great exchange of information. Passing along knowledge is important and makes us human. We have a rich culture and a rich history that we can all learn from. In what ways have you been taught about our history and how do you plan on sharing it with others?
A big thank you to: