As I mentioned in the last post, I am very excited for the First Annual East Coast Fermentation Festival, taking place during the Kennett Square Farmers Market this Friday, October 9th from 2-6PM (rain or shine). The festival will be composed of two areas of special displays, tastings, and information along with all the great regular and first Friday market vendors. The first area of note--is the "Drinkable Garden" located between the parking garage and the entrance to the Genesis Health Ventures. For a mere $3 (and an id proving you are 21 years of age or older) you will be able to sample from a great line up of local beer, wine and spirits-- including Victory, Twin Lakes, Stargazers Winery, and the extremely interesting and fairly new Root (and root beer tasting liquor). Also in the area will be tastings from Talulas and a fun interactive display from Rolling Barrel events.
Moving down the side walk you will be able to enjoy the music of Hezekiah Jones from 3-4PM and then Spinning Leaves from 5-6PM located directly across from the Genesis Health Ventures entrance.
The remainder of alley and then all of State Street will be filled with regular farmers market vendors, the perfect place to stock up on fall treats like pumpkins, apples, cabbage, some of which you might be inspired to ferment--perhaps your own hard cider brew or the perfect sauerkraut for an octoberfest celebration.
The final area of note will be located across the street in the area between Newtons and Bedbugzz--the extension of the brick alley way we have appropriately named "Fermentation Alley". This area will be filled demonstrations, tastings, and the opportunity to learn more about home fermentation with on hand experts from Harvest Market Natural Foods, April Coburn Herbwyfe, Zukay live foods, and Home Sweet Home Brew. We will even have ceramic mug makers Tom Hitner and Lyla Kaplan on hand to provide the perfect receptacle for your homemade brew. So bring your check book and your questions and get ready to learn everything there is to know about the magical, delicious, and healthful world of fermentation.
For a listing of the demonstration schedule stay tuned to the Farmers Market Blog.