Wisconsin State Journal
GAYLE WORLAND | email@example.com | 608-252-6188 |Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 11:00 am
The 10-day Fermentation Fest that begins Friday near Reedsburg is being marketed in cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee as, at the very least, an autumn drive through some of the prettiest back roads in southern Wisconsin.
But the multi-faceted event — billed as a “live culture convergence” that celebrates the “culture” in “agriculture” — also is designed to introduce visitors to cheesemakers and writers, picklers and sculptors.
In other words, a rich, bubbling mix of farmers, foodies and artists.
“We call it Fermentation Fest because the concept of fermentation includes thought and philosophy and poetry, as well as beer and chocolate and wine and bread,” said Donna Neuwirth, whose organic vegetable farm and artist retreat near Reedsburg, the Wormfarm Institute, is helping to get Fermentation Fest off the ground.
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