This is the trio behind Portland’s annual Fermentation Festival, which gathers the city’s ardent home picklers, professional fermenters and curious eaters to swap secrets and nibble bits of each other’s best kraut, kefir, kimchi, miso, cucumber pickles and other fermented wonders. You really never know who or what will show up at the event, which is held at Ecotrust.
“There are always surprise ferments,” explains Crain, who is also the scribe behind the Food Lover’s Guide to Portland.
“Last year there was delicious fermented salmon, and the year before
that we had sticky, stinky (for brave eaters) natto.” On the eve of the
city’s third Fermentation Fest, which is slated to include “ghost
pickles, home-captured sourdough rye and fermented cabbage tonic,” we
asked the organizers to explain, in pictures, exactly how to ferment
anything. Still have questions? Head to the fest.