CULTURES AND FERMENTS VIRTUAL World TOUR



Registration required, no fee –  https://conta.cc/2IUeNwl

Photo: TheNorthernCompany.no

An introduction of the final five events of the season. A really fascinating look at what people are doing around the world. An exhilarating glimpse of #Zymes2021 – Visiting a bio-farm and having lunch with Naoki Hiromoto and Judy Heo in Fujinomaya, Shizuoka Prefecture with Connie Chew.

Zoe Christiansen and the team of The Northern Company in Norway present stunning seaweed harvesting and cooking journeys, the people of Belgrade Pot Community make an amazing award winning plum wine plus other delectables, Inês Neto dos Santos describes several of her installations and works from around Europe and beyond.

Amy Kalafa and Alex Gunuey share their French family vacation with their young daughters, and Chef Ken Fornataro presents a recipe from the East Village of decades ago. Mirna Bamieh, Founder of The Palestine Hosting Society shares one of her vegan cheese fermentations from happybellyfish.com

Meredith Leigh of https://www.fermentationschool.com/courses/koji-charcuterie discusses garums of centuries ago througout the world, offering her US interpretaion to a marrow garum.


Photo: TheNorthernCompany.no

Photo: TheNorthernCompany.no

Or register for all 6 Events: Season Pass: International Ferments and Cultures:  https://conta.cc/3k5Xp5V

  • Japan: Ferments and Cultures 12/4/2020
  • International Holiday Cultures and Ferments 12/6/2020
  • Asian Fermentation Festival – Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, China, Malaysia 12/20/2020
  • Africa Ferments and Cultures – East to West with Sandor Katz 12/20/202
  • India: Ferments and Cultures 12/20/202


Want to Share some Videos?

All of our program videos for each event are the work of people that have been planning and working on them – sometimes for months – so your time is not wasted on stupid or uninteresting or blatantly promotional stuff. If people happen to be selling a book, or product or online classes or consultation services or generating customers or clients for a restaurant or bar or organization they are encouraged to include that in their videos. We can’t pay people what their time and efforts are really worth, so we encourage them to get the most out of the experience, even if it’s just learning how to present themselves.


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You need to plan. Start filming now.

The actual process of fermenting and culturing can take time. Sometimes, days, often weeks, a few take months or years. So start filming now and send us a very small 30 second clip so we can’t prevent you from wasting a lot of time producing an inaudible or unviewable video. That happens all the time, and it can be easily prevented.

So if you would like to be involved with #Zymes2021plan now and let us know! kojiandpickles@gmail.com


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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.