The Triangle Ferment Fest is a unique food festival in the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Pittsboro) that both teaches and celebrates all things fermented. This one day festival consists of demos, presentations, and hands-on workshops.
The 2019 fest was a success — despite the rain!
Over 500 folks come out for the first annual Triangle Ferment Fest to learn about and sample fermented food and drink. The day started out with a fun hands-on kimchi workshop led by Mama Kwon that had people signing up at the last minute until it was at capacity. The next workshop also had numerous last minute signups, and attendees were treated to an engaging talk by Sarah Michalski on how to brew their own kombucha at home. Two presentations rounded out the list of events, both sold out before the festival began: well-known artisan baker Lionel Vatinet of La Farm taught attendees how to make sourdough bread, and microbiologist Fred Breidt from the USDA taught how to ferment foods safely.
Outside under the vendor tents, festival goers had fun learning about different types of ferments, signing up for upcoming classes, and sampling and buying fermented foods and related products from our passionate vendors. For those new to fermenting, our Ask-an-Expert table had several experts from NCSU available to answer questions. And our culture share booth had ginger bug and beet kvass to sample, and green tea kombucha and kefir starters to take home.
We’ve already started thinking about next year’s festival! If you’re interested in joining us, we’re forming a steering committee to expand on this year’s festival and help guide the planning for next year. E-mail us if you’re interested! firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors who made the 2019 festival possible!
The 2019 Triangle Ferment Fest’s Signature Sponsor: Harmony Farms
Natural Foods * Supplements * Organic Juice * Smoothie & Organic Coffee Bar
Harmony Farms was started in 1974 by Marian Wall and Tommy Dean as a natural grocer and supplement store to bring the cleanest foods possible to the community. Originally located in Chapel Hill, Marian moved it to Raleigh two years later, and then opened the store in its current location in 1984.
The current owners, Nancy and Steve Long, individually came to Harmony Farms as customers in the late 1990s, both dedicated to bringing healing practices to area residents, Nancy as a Doctor of Naturopathy, and Steve as a Certified Health Specialist. Not long after Nancy and Steve met, they realized they had similar goals and dreams — to escape corporate America and offer healing practices in a sustainable environment. Nancy and Steve married in 2004, and a year later, when Marian decided to sell the store, she contacted the Longs, who purchased it from her. They were honored to take over the iconic store and build upon the amazing foundation Marian had built.
To this day, Harmony Farms is dedicated to the very best and cleanest vendors of organic foods and products. They are also dedicated to:
- Growing & educating a healthy community
- Supporting organic & sustainable practices
- Qualified sourcing & local vendors
Harmony Farms’ dedication to local vendors is seen in their being the first to support and carry Tribucha and Lyrix Elixirs kombucha in their store!
Harmony Farms is located in North Raleigh, at the corner of Creedmoor and Millbrook. Stop in and check out their wide selection of fermented foods the next time you’re in the area. harmony-farms.net