Fermented feasts and choosing SA

By Melissa Keogh

While you’re tucking into some camembert and tossing back some kombucha at next weekend’s Ferment the Festival, keep an eye out for the State Brand.

I Choose SA Day is on Saturday, October 21, and in celebration the Brand South Australia team will be at the three-day Ferment festival encouraging foodies to choose SA products and services.

Cheese genius and head of Woodside Cheese Wrights, Kris Lloyd, is combining the worlds of chocolate, cheese, bread, sauerkraut and kimchi to bring Ferment the Festival, the first event of its kind in Australia.

More than 120 SA producers will showcase their wares from October 20-22 at Rundle Park, Kadlitpina, with many of the state’s renowned artisans hosting fermentation masterclasses and food and drink labs.

Woodside Cheese Wrights cheesemaker Kris Lloyd is bringing the inaugural Ferment the Festival to Adelaide in celebration of all food and drinks that rely on the process of fermentation to exist.

Cheese genius Kris Lloyd is bringing the inaugural Ferment the Festival to Adelaide in celebration of food and drinks that rely on the natural process of fermentation to exist.

Fermentation is the natural process responsible for making cheese, bread, smallgoods, beer, wine and gin.

Entry into the festival starts at $30 and people can graze between food stalls, enjoy lunch on the grass or settle in with a drink at the beer garden, tea bar, gin bar or whisky lounge.

The festival program includes workshops, demonstrations and pop-up labs where you can indulge in the best fermented products, including chocolate and charcuterie.

Inside South Australia guest writer Jessie Spiby from Jessie Does Food will host a food lab cooking dumplings and kraut pancakes (tickets $30).

Emily Salkeld from Langhorne Creek’s Small World Bakery will be sharing the secrets of sourdough bread (tickets $25) while expert Pepe Saya will be making homemade butter (tickets $30).

Ferment The Festival runs for three days, with Saturday, October 21 falling on I Choose SA Day.

Ferment The Festival runs for three days, with Saturday, October 21 falling on I Choose SA Day.

Swing by the I Choose SA stand on either of the days to purchase an I Choose SA tote bag (to carry all those fermented goodies in) and enter our I Choose SA Day competition where you could win 1 of 100 totes filled with local goodies.

Limited edition I Choose SA t-shirts, featuring a print by SA artist Emma Hack, will be available.

If you can’t wait until Ferment to snap up State Brand merchandise, visit Shop South Australia.

When snapping selfies with your plate of fermented veggies or an icy gin and tonic, don’t forget to tag Brand South Australia and use the hashtags #ichoosesa and #ichoosesaday!

Visit I Choose SA to find out how you can support our State by choosing South Australian businesses, products and services.

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