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The funkiest food festival in Austin returns Oct. 22

Addie Broyles

Fermentation is so magical, it’s a wonder we don’t have more festivals to celebrate them.

Well, we have beer, wine, chocolate and hot sauce festivals and we even have a queso festival, so we are celebrating fermentation, just not in so many words.

Getting more people to appreciate and engage with the crazy world of fermentation is the purpose of the Austin Fermentation Festival, which returns to Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Road, on Oct. 22 with a dozen workshops on making everything from beer and cider to cheese and kimchi.

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The keynote speaker is Sandor Katz of Wild Fermentation, one of the most noted fermentation experts in the country, and you’ll also hear how to make cultured butter with Pure Luck Dairy, amino sauces from the chefs at Emmer & Rye, chocolate with Srsly Chocolate and kombucha with Buddha’s Brew. They’ll also screen the movie, “Fermented,” at 11 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. You can see the entire schedule at

The event is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to sample and buy dozens of fermented foods and fermentation tools from vendors from around the state.

Doors 10am, festival workshops start at 10:30am and run until 4:30pm. General admission tickets cost $20 (VIP $60, which include a drink ticket and a ticket to one of the hands-on workshops) if you buy them before Oct. 6. Kids under 12 are free. The hands-on workshops are ticketed separately and cost $15 or $20.

Proceeds benefit the Texas Farmers’ Market Farmer Emergency Fund, which offers financial assistance to TFM farmers and ranchers in times of environmental, personal or other crisis.