FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES

DIY PICKLE STATION

Learn how to make fermented vegetables of all kinds at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market DIY Pickle Station. This hands-on experiential learning zone features in-season, local, organic produce and teaches attendees how to use a simple brine to preserve and ferment their favorite produce.

BACTERIA BUDDY PASSPORT PROGRAM 

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 very special raffle prize! Check in at the ticket booth for more information.

Passport activities include: Make a Vinegar Battery with Brassica & Brine, The Probiotic Standoff with Whalebird Kombucha, Bacteria Trivia with Just Thrive Probiotic & Antioxidant, How I met your "Mother" with Broken Clock Vinegar Works, Un-Mash your Trash with Isla Vista Food Co-op, Pickled Pigments with Ferment'n, Grow your own Sprout Sunflower with First Steps Farm and Culture Petting Zoo with Kombucha Kamp.

CULTURE PETTING ZOO

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-on-Tap Kombucha Lounge, located under the oak trees in the center of the festival. Lounge on the grass and sip local and regional kombucha on tap while you expand your fermentation family with good vibes and delicious conversation. 

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!

Authors who will be at the Mountain Feed & Farm Supply booth for a signing [books will be available for sale all day]:

Authors who will be selling and signing all day from their exhibitor booth:

  • Melissa Henig of Raw Paleo Melissa and author of “Raw Paleo”
  • Hannah Crum of Kombucha Kamp and author of "The Big Book of Kombucha”

RAFFLE

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 Foodbank of Santa Barbara 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.