DIY fermentation STATIONs

A new offering for 2017, the DIY Fermentation Stations are a hybrid of our DIY Pickle Station and Fermentation Station Stage. For more info, click here.


For our youngest bacteria farmers, ages 4-12, the Bacteria Buddy Passport Program provides families the opportunity to tour the festival and experience hands-on fermentation activities and learning sponsored by a variety of festival exhibitors. Children who complete the passport by stopping at each location are entered to win a pair of tickets to SBFF 2018! Check in at the ticket booth for more information.

  • Doctor Fermenter's Elixir Lab by Agro Industries Rosas
  • Compost Critter Identification by Explore Ecology
  • Seed Bombs by Fairview Gardens
  • Bicycle Blender by Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
  • Food & Water Trivia by Food & Water Watch
  • Probiotic Toss w/ GreenLove Superfoods
  • Yeast Air Baloons by Isla Vista Food Co-op
  • Culture Petting Zoo by Kombucha Kamp
  • Back-to-School Backpack Fitting by Santa Barbara Family Chiropractic
  • The Probiotic Standoff by Whale Bird Kombucha


Located in the Kombucha Lounge, The Kombucha Kamp Culture Petting Zoo is a hands-on experience for everyone. Our bacterial buddies help us stay healthy and strong. Enjoy getting up close and personal with some of the "good bugs" that keep our bodies in balance by creating delicious fermented drinks. Samples of jun, water kefir, milk kefir & Kombucha plus some fun treats make for an entertaining experience that will thrill the little ones and Mom & Dad too!

Kombucha lounge

Stop by the Kombucha Lounge, located under the oak trees in the center of the festival. Lounge on the grass and sip Whalebird Kombucha and Revel Jun Kombucha on tap while you expand your kombucha knowledge and fermentation family with Kombucha Kamp and their Culture Petting Zoo. Good vibes and delicious conversation guaranteed. 

Book signings

We have several speaker/authors who will be signing their newly released books at SBFF this year.  Stop by, chat and get your personalized copy! Books will be available for sale on site.

11am-5pm: Hannah Crum author of The Big Book of Kombucha

At her booth Kombucha Kamp, located in the Kombucha Lounge

1pm-2pm: ALEX LEWIN AUTHOR OF Real Food Fermentation and Kombucha, Kefir and Beyond and the blog Feed Me Like You Mean It

At DIY Fermentation Station #1

TIME TBA: JULIA LOGGINS AUTHOR OF Dare to Detoxify and It Takes Guts to be Happy

At the Pickled Pavilion Stage following the Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Childhood Panel 


Check out more than 50 awesome raffle prizes from our exhibitors, speakers and sponsors. Tickets are $1 each. Sales end and prizes are raffled off at 3pm. 100% of proceeds benefit Slow Food Ventura County, our non-profit partner.

Experience the ranch & Museum at stow house

While you're at the festival, experience historic Rancho La Patera by walking through the gardens, taking a guided tour of the Stow House, exploring the Visitor Interpretive Center, and by hands-on exhibits in the History Education Center. Please begin your museum experience by stopping by the Visitor Interpretive Center & Museum Store. Open 1pm-4pm; guided tours start at 2pm and 3pm; FREE with festival admission.