Sunday with Friends


Sunday February 21 Zoom Event (Click for call)
Meeting ID: 287 521 6492
Passcode: FC1

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February 21, 2021– Click to Register

A discussion of African spice blends and cultures as interpreted by the diaspora of Africans throughout the world, the creation of Caribbean and Creole food and basically all Southern Cooking, and more. Hearth baked and prison and slave bread and Western kenyan fermented milk and ash.

A simply amazing array of applications of koji to regional African resources including Eland and Wildebeest, interpretations of standards like koji-cured bacon and koji cured bresaola, along with some unique experiments using koji to create new flavors and textures in meats and drinks by Sacha Wilson, some unique recipe demonstrations, and a Gullah-Geechee story and a Hoppin’ John recipe from Ebonee-McCorvey.

Making Mopane Garum and a discussion of the context in which it is made including a history of family hunger during which termites and other insects – actually, a delicacy – were eaten during hungry times by Anja de Klerk.


The videos are broadcast at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup. Please make sure to be a verified Vimeo user. Otherwise, you will not be able to view the videos for any event.


March Madness

These 3 events of #FermentsandCultures2021 offer presentations on making shio-koji, using koji as an agent to create foods from otherwise wasted food sources, African spice blends and cultures of the diaspora of Africans throughout the world, the creation of Caribbean and Creole food, Asian fermentation techniques using Corn, Squash, Rice, Nuts or Roots for vegetable fermentation, drinks, baked goods, misos and pickles.


February 21 – 12 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time – Diaspora of Africa. $10 for event plus video viewing. All 3 events are no fee for presenters. $45 for all 3 for non-presenters and volunteers.

Use the pulldown! Here: paypal.me/FermentsandCultures


Dent Corn Koji

March 21, 2021 – Tonics and Ferments 10 AM to 12 PM ET – 5 minute videos in our Vimeo library viewable for months by registrants, and a live event at time above. Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Sacred Beers. Meads. Shio-Koji. Dashi. Bone broths. Shoyuzuke. Medicinal brews. Doboroku. Foraged rescue remedies. Fire tonic. Miso soups. Mushrooms. Cultural histories. Lactofermented brines. Amasaje. Shrubs. Seaweed salad. Tree bark water kefir. Fresh Cheese. Vinegar. Chocolate. Filamentous Fungus. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Tea. Kombucha.Jun. Things to spiritually and emotionally and physically propel you from the winter into Spring!


If you’d like to present at any of these events, or would like to have your business, book, restaurant, webpage, classes or yourself listed let us know. right away!


• April 11, 2021 – 10 AM to 12 PM ET – Corn, Squash, Rice, Nuts and Root VegetablesAsian Techniques to make Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Fish or Meat Marinades, Sauces, Sake, Rice wine, Shio-koji, Jangs, Bokashi, and baked goods.


$45 for all 3 events including Zoom meeting and associated videos, or see pull down menu. Use paypal.me/FermentsandCultures Contact us at kojiandpickles@gmail.com to discuss presentations, videos, interviews, talks you would like to create, or to become an intern or volunteer. We are actively soliciting input from people worldwide to share one or more videos for these sessions.


Each event has a live Zoom event at the following time and dates, Eastern Standard. All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event.


Spring, Asia, Africa

Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Sacred Beers. Meads. Shio-Koji. Dashi. Bone broths. Shoyuzuke. Medicinal brews. Doboroku. Foraged rescue remedies. Fire tonic. Miso soups. Mushrooms. Garums. Cultural histories. Lactofermented brines. Amasake. Shrubs. Seaweeds. Tree bark water kefir. Fresh Cheese.

Vinegar. Chocolate. Filamentous Fungus. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Tea. Kombucha. Jun. Things to spiritually and emotionally and physically propel you from the winter into Spring! Corn. Koji. Buckwheat rejuvelac. Tempe. Amino Pastes. Shoes. Sake. Rice wine. Jangs. Bokashi. Sourdough. Sweets.

Sacha Wilson‘s Koji cured Bresaola

These 3 events of #FermentsandCultures2021 offer presentations on the above – hopefully! – and also making shio-koji, using koji as an agent to create foods from otherwise wasted food sources, African spice blends and cultures of the diaspora of Africans throughout the world, the creation of Caribbean and Creole food, Asian fermentation techniques using Corn, Squash, Rice, Nuts or Roots for vegetable fermentation, drinks, baked goods, misos and pickles.


February 21 – 12 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time – Diaspora of Africa

Ebonee McCorvey and Family bringing the Gullah-Geechee real

A discussion of African spice blends and cultures as interpreted by the diaspora of Africans throughout the world, the creation of Caribbean and Creole food and basically all Southern Cooking, and more

$10 Fee. All 3 events are no fee for presenters. Use the pulldown! Here: paypal.me/FermentsandCultures


February 21 – 12 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time – Diaspora of Africa with


All events are priced differently but $45 for these 3 events includes the Zoom meetings and viewing of associated event videos until May 2021. Videos are only available on Vimeo in secured showcases that require addresses and passcodes to find and view. Please use: paypal.me/FermentsandCultures


March 21, 2021 – Tonics and Ferments 10 AM to 12 PM ET – 5 minute videos in our Vimeo library viewable for months by registrants, and a live event at time above. Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Sacred Beers. Meads. Shio-Koji. Dashi. Bone broths. Shoyuzuke. Medicinal brews. Doboroku. Foraged rescue remedies. Fire tonic. Miso soups. Mushrooms. Cultural histories. Lactofermented brines. Amasaje. Shrubs. Seaweed salad. Tree bark water kefir. Fresh Cheese. Vinegar. Chocolate. Filamentous Fungus. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Tea. Kombucha.Jun. Things to spiritually and emotionally and physically propel you from the winter into Spring!


If you’d like to present at any of these events, or would like to have your business, book, restaurant, webpage, classes or yourself listed let us know. right away!


Corn with A.sojae
Corn with A. sojae for all corn shoyu

• April 11, 2021 – 10 AM to 12 PM ET – Corn, Squash, Rice, Nuts and Root VegetablesAsian Techniques to make Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Fish or Meat Marinades, Sauces, Sake, Rice wine, Shio-koji, Jangs, Bokashi, and baked goods.


$45 for all 3 events including Zoom meeting and associated videos, or see pull down menu. Use paypal.me/FermentsandCultures Contact us at kojiandpickles@gmail.com to discuss presentations, videos, interviews, talks you would like to create, or to become an intern or volunteer. We are actively soliciting input from people worldwide to share one or more videos for these sessions.


Each event has a live Zoom event at the following time and dates, Eastern Standard. All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event.


India – Ferments/Cultures

All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in.

Go to the following link to register  https://conta.cc/3mJoNrk
$45 for all five events unless you have already bought a Seasons Pass, received a full scholarship, or made a video presentation. But you must register at this new address! We keep uploading new videos as we go along until February 2021.

Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event.

Each event has a live Zoom event. The December 27th event is from 10 AM Eastern Time to 11:30. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87614648556 • Meeting ID: 876 1464 8556 • Passcode: NAGPUR


To access these videos you must be registered with Vimeo. Vimeo does not charge a fee to regsiter, although they really want to get you to subscribe on a monthly basis. Be persistent if you do not want to purchase a monthly Vimeo plan. Look for really small print! The option is there.


This program covers fermentation, preservation, increasing food resources, science, traditional and novel applications of microbes, food justice, soil development, farming, fungus and bacteria as environmental tools, and the preparation of food and drink through fermentation, preparation and cooking techniques.

Event event has a specific focus on a topic that often is a geographic region that includes the techniques and cultures that make the foods and drinks from France, Japan, Russia, Armenia, Iran, Scotland, Taiwan, China, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, England, The Baltics, Georgia, The Caucuses, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Chile, India, Egypt, Chile, Israel, Finland, Denmark, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Palestine, and other African and South American countries and immigrant diaspora throughout the world. 

Here is one of the videos from India and the last 5 events. There are hundreds more.


Serbian CosPlay

There are five remaining events in the #Zymes2020 International Fermentation Festival. To register for all 5 we request $45 dollars. If you are having financial hardships fill in the 5 events for $20 segment. There are also other options. Just go to the registration page and check it out. Or send a note with your full name and email address to kojiandpickles@gmail.com. Here is the link: https://conta.cc/3k5Xp5V

All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup. Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. You must register on Vimeo and follow us on Vimeo if you want access to streamed videos. They are separate from the Zoom calls.



Russia, The Caucasus and Balkans with Jelena Belgrave and Chef Ken Fornataro host Dr. Darra Goldstein, Olia Hercules, Cortney Burns, Zuza Zak, Inês Neto dos Santos, Belgrade Pot Community, Vaida Barzdaite, Chef Sean Doherty, Mallory O’Donnell, and others


This program covers fermentation, preservation, increasing food resources, science, traditional and novel applications of microbes, food justice, soil development, farming, fungus and bacteria as environmental tools, waste management, land and water access and the preparation of food and drink through fermentation, preparation and cooking techniques.


Happy Diwali

There are five remaining events in the #Zymes2020 International Fermentation Festival. To register for all 5 we request $45 dollars. If you are having financial hardships fill in the 5 events for $20 segment. There are also other options. Just go to the registration page and check it out. Or send a note with your full name and email address to kojiandpickles@gmail.com. Here is the link: https://conta.cc/3k5Xp5V

All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup. Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. You must register on Vimeo and follow us on Vimeo if you want access to streamed videos. They are separate from the Zoom calls.



Russia, The Caucasus and Balkans with Jelena Belgrave and Chef Ken Fornataro host Dr. Darra Goldstein, Olia Hercules, Cortney Burns, Zuza Zak, Inês Neto dos Santos, Belgrade Pot Community, Vaida Barzdaite, Chef Sean Doherty, Mallory O’Donnell, and others


This program covers fermentation, preservation, increasing food resources, science, traditional and novel applications of microbes, food justice, soil development, farming, fungus and bacteria as environmental tools, waste management, land and water access and the preparation of food and drink through fermentation, preparation and cooking techniques.


Ferments and Cultures Videos and Upcoming Events

There are five remaining events in the #Zymes2020 International Fermentation Festival. To register for all 5 we request $45 dollars. If you are having financial hardships fill in the 5 events for $20 segment. There are also other options. Just go to the registration page and check it out. Or send a note with your full name and email address to kojiandpickles@gmail.com. Here is the link: https://conta.cc/3k5Xp5V

All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup. Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. You must register on Vimeo and follow us on Vimeo if you want access to streamed videos. They are separate from the Zoom calls.

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Celebrate. This challah bread made from a recipe of a Jewish immigrant that made it to the US in the 70s. At that time she was already old and had no idea where her children were. So I was honored as she showed me how she made such light, fluffy and tasty bread and so many other things. She was grateful for all the ingredients I made sure she had to work her magic. Every day. She came to work every day whether or not she was scheduled. Like so many other immigrants to this country she made the lives of everyone else better. Although I’m overjoyed that we now have a new leadership team I haven’t ever forgotten about the children she left behind. Or the children that were put in cages and concentration camps in the US in the last four years. Back to work on Monday to fight for the people of Georgia, and the people of the entire US. Unfortunately the main thing that united us was our extreme repulsion and dislike of Trump, his family, and his enablers. Today his lying sentinels are still spreading out trying to foment hatred and sow division. They must be countered every day. And they must be held accountable. for everything they have done. For the kids. For the harassment and pain inflicted on people that just wanted to work. That just wanted to breathe. Celebrate but #neverforget. #sourdoughbread. It’s time to share bread and fish with everyone. #bidenharris2020 #ossoffforsenate #warnockforsenate #atlanta #georgia #fermentsandcultures #zymes2020

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Russia, The Caucasus and Balkans with Jelena Belgrave and Chef Ken Fornataro host Dr. Darra Goldstein, Olia Hercules, Cortney Burns, Zuza Zak, Jessica Alonzo, Inês Neto dos Santos, Belgrade Pot Community, Vaida Barzdaite, Chef Sean Doherty, Mallory O’Donnell, and others



This program covers fermentation, preservation, increasing food resources, science, traditional and novel applications of microbes, food justice, soil development, farming, fungus and bacteria as environmental tools, waste management, land and water access and the preparation of food and drink through fermentation, preparation and cooking techniques.


Native American, Latin, African, Caucasian, Asian, Roots – A vegan event.

All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event. Register: https://conta.cc/36U25re

Each event has a live Zoom event. The October 25th event is for 2 hours. People are invited to share their vegan ferments or foods or beverages with those on the call, although the call is hosted by Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey – codchef ✊🏽💪🏽🔪🔥✨🌽🌮🎃 , Ed Ferrada of fermentemos (https://www.fermentemos.cl) and Kirsten K. Shockey of Fermentation School, and Ferment.Works Dave will definitely be talking up corn, and the other sisters.

As always, at every event, there is an opportunity to request a scholarship, reduced fee, or free entry because you are flat out broke.

To access videos you must be registered with Vimeo. Vimeo does not charge a fee to regsiter, although they really want to get you to subscribe on a monthly basis. Be persistent if you do not want to purchase a monthly Vimeo plan. Look for really small print! The option is there.


This program covers fermentation, preservation, increasing food resources, science, traditional and novel applications of microbes, food justice, soil development, farming, fungus and bacteria as environmental tools, and the preparation of food and drink through fermentation, preparation and cooking techniques.

Event event has a specific focus on a topic that often is a geographic region that includes the techniques and cultures that make the foods and drinks from France, Japan, Russia, Armenia, Iran, Scotland, Taiwan, China, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, England, The Baltics, Georgia, The Caucuses, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Chile, India, Egypt, Chile, Israel, Finland, Denmark, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Palestine, and other African and South American countries and immigrant diaspora throughout the world. 


Octoberfest is upon us. #FermentsandCultures Videos and Upcoming Events

On Oct 4th the live chat version of The Silk Road (Kosher/Halal) is taking place. We have been editing and loading all the newer videos. Hopefully we’ll be able to send out a note to registrants and start screening.

All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup. Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. October 4, Part 2 https://conta.cc/3j5HK5Q These videos are password protected.

The Part 1 of The Silk Road (Kosher/Halal) as well as the French Ferments videos are all at the showcase that registrants already have a passcode for. All of these videos and all the new videos will be in a part 2 showcase that requires a new passcode.

The information for the live chat for Part 2 on October 4th, 1 PM to 2 PM (New York Time), The Silk Road, Kosher and Halal including Israel and Palestine event is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81518628478 Meeting ID: 287 521 6492, Passcode GRAB7

Whether or not you have a Seasons Pass you must register. When you do you get the passcode. There is an event fee for each event, or you can purchase a Seasons Pass for $137.

As always, at every event, there is an opportunity to request a scholarship, reduced fee, or free entry because you are flat out broke.

To access these videos you must be registered with Vimeo. Vimeo does not charge a fee to regsiter, although they really want to get you to subscribe on a monthly basis. Be persistent if you do not want to purchase a monthly Vimeo plan. Look for really small print! The option is there.

We think Vimeo is a great deal that let’s you control your content and avoid advertising. Vimeo does not push content you don’t want to see into your face like Instagram, nor restrict access to things you really want to see by applying algorithms that make you watch their advertising like Instagram does.

We purchased the most expensive Vimeo plan so you don’t need to. But it is one of the reasons we ask for fees for our events and screenings. We try to have a live chat portion for each event but if enough people do not register for each event we will not have them.


Fermentations and Cultures Event Hosts: Jelena Belgrave, Payal Shah, Nickawanna Shaw, Marika Groen, Anton Nicola, Peiman Khosravi, Ebonee McCorvey, Kirsten Shockey, Zoe Mitchell, Connie Chew, Dr. Johnny Drain, Maria Mantilla, Ken Fornataro, Julia Skinner, Robin Sherrill, Alex Gunuey, Zoe Mitchell, Dave Smoke-McCluskey, Amy Kalafa, Alex Gunuey, and Ed Ferrada.

After the entire event is over we hope to create a book and a documentary for sale that will benefit all the presenters and volunteer staff for the entire program.


This program covers fermentation, preservation, increasing food resources, science, traditional and novel applications of microbes, food justice, soil development, farming, fungus and bacteria as environmental tools, waste management, land and water access and the preparation of food and drink through fermentation, preparation and cooking techniques.

Event event has a specific focus on a topic that often is a geographic region that includes the techniques and cultures that make the foods and drinks from France, Japan, Russia, Armenia, Iran, Scotland, Taiwan, China, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, England, The Baltics, Georgia, The Caucuses, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Chile, India, Egypt, Chile, Israel, Finland, Denmark, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Palestine, and other African and South American countries and immigrant diaspora throughout the world. 


Ferments and Cultures Videos and Upcoming Events

All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup. Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in.

To access these videos you must be registered with Vimeo. Vimeo does not charge a fee to regsiter, although they really want to get you to subscribe on a monthly basis. Be persistent if you do not want to purchase a monthly Vimeo plan. Look for really small print! The option is there.

We think Vimeo is a great deal that let’s you control your content and avoid advertising. Vimeo does not push content you don’t want to see into your face like Instagram, nor restrict access to things you really want to see by applying algorithms that make you watch their advertising like Instagram does.

We purchased the most expensive Vimeo plan so you don’t need to. But it is one of the reasons we ask for fees for our events and screenings.

For every event there is a registration page. Register for The Silk Road and Halal and Kosher (including Israel and Palestine) events here: September 28, Part 1 https://conta.cc/36721UI and October 4, Part 2 https://conta.cc/3j5HK5Q These videos are password protected. No password, no watching.

We try to have a live chat portion for each event but if enough people do not register for each event we will not have them.

Live Chat Info (Zoom)

The information for the live chat for Part 1 of our September 28th https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81518628478 Meeting ID: 815 1862 8478 Passcode: HALAL , 1PM to 2 PM EST (New York Time) and October 4th, 1 PM to 2 PM (New York Time) The Silk Road, Kosher and Halal including Israel and Palestine event is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81518628478 Meeting ID: 287 521 6492, Passcode GRAB7

Please Register

Over 95% of those that have a Seasons Pass did not purchase it. Very hard working volunteers were given one as a way to thank them for volunteering for this International Fermentation Festival, but mostly to thank them as a way to thank them for creating videos for the events.

If you are only interested in a specific event, just register for that. Again, we need to raise money to cover our expenses. If you can’t afford anything, say that on the registration form.

If you don’t register for either a Seasons Pass or an event you’d like to attend you won’t get updates or announcements or passcodes for that event. Passcodes will be re-instituted in October.


Fermentations and Cultures Event Hosts: Payal Shah, Nickawanna Shaw, Marika Groen, Anton Nicola, Peiman Khosravi, Ebonee McCorvey, Kirsten Shockey, Zoe Mitchell, Connie Chew, Dr. Johnny Drain, Maria Mantilla, Ken Fornataro, Julia Skinner, Robin Sherrill, Alex Gunuey, Zoe Mitchell, Dave Smoke-McCluskey, Amy Kalafa, and Ed Ferrada.

We don’t keep track of what events you attend. If you miss a specific event after the 7 day period you will not have access to the videos for that event.

We will not refund a partial amount of a Season Pass fee for any reason, even if we can’t put on any more parts of this event.


After the entire event is over we hope to create a book and a documentary for sale that will benefit all the presenters and volunteer staff for the entire program.


This program covers fermentation, preservation, increasing food resources, science, traditional and novel applications of microbes, food justice, soil development, farming, fungus and bacteria as environmental tools, waste management, land and water access and the preparation of food and drink through fermentation, preparation and cooking techniques.

Event event has a specific focus on a topic that often is a geographic region that includes the techniques and cultures that make the foods and drinks from France, Japan, Russia, Armenia, Iran, Scotland, Taiwan, China, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, England, The Baltics, Georgia, The Caucuses, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Chile, India, Egypt, Chile, Israel, Finland, Denmark, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Palestine, and other African and South American countries and immigrant diaspora throughout the world.