frequently asked questions


why are tickets $30?

We like to think you get what you pay for and we certainly hope our festival attendees agree. Our family has been producing this event for 6 years and each year, we pour our heart and soul into making sure you have a FUN, engaging, educational and inspiring festival experience. We vet our exhibitors and our speakers and hold them to the highest standards of local, organic and sustainable - we don't promote anything at this event that we wouldn't eat or use ourselves. We keep the event small and we offer numerous opportunities to get hands-on with fermentation. You make your own fermented foods on site and hear from nationally renowned chefs, fermentation experts and healthcare professionals on the benefits of beneficial bacteria, fermentation and organic agriculture. Returning festival goers know to show up early and stay all day because there are SO MANY talks, hands-on demosactivities and exhibitors to engage with. We charge only what we must to make this festival happen and profits from our event directly benefit Slow Food Ventura County.

If you cannot afford a festival ticket, or would simply prefer to attend for free, we encourage you to volunteer and contribute 3 hours of your time to helping us make this event the best fermentation festival ever - this is a community driven and supported event and we'd love to have you be part of it!

What is the difference between the GA and farm-to-bar ticket?

General Admission gets you access to the main part of the festival - 3 stages featuring dozens of speakers, demonstrations, informative panels and live music, 50+ exhibitors giving out samples of their fermented foods, sharing information, and offering engaging activities, DIY Fermentation Stations where you can make your own ferments, 20+ intimate Culture Chat sessions with fermentation and health experts and a host of other festival activities.

General Admission + Farm-to-Bar gets you everything noted above PLUS access to the alcohol portion of the festival - 20+ exhibitors giving our samples of their traditionally fermented alcoholic beverages made just for the event, cocktails made with locally distilled spirits and fermented mixers, a stage featuring local brewers, farmers, distillers and mixologists, and a souvenir SBFF glass to taste to your heart's desire. MUST BE 21 AND HAVE FARM-TO-BAR TICKET TO ENTER FARM-TO-BAR AREA - SORRY, NO CHILDREN. 

I bought a GA Ticket, but now I want to enjoy the Farm-to-Bar.

You can either upgrade at the ticket booth day of, or you can email us at to change your ticket. We may have a limited number of upgrades on site day of, so we recommend that you take care of your ticket upgrade before coming to the event.

Will there be tickets available at the door?

Yes, there will be General Admission tickets available for sale at the door. Door prices are $10 more than pre-sale, which you can purchase online up until 3pm the day of the event. Farm-to-Bar tickets always sell out early, so we cannot guarantee that these will be available day of. 

I want to see it all - how do I prepare?!

We recommend taking time to explore the website to ensure you don't miss the talks, demonstrations, and exhibitors you are most excited about - you can also grab a program from the Ticket Booth on site and take a few minutes to note the items you don't want to miss. A few suggested To Do's from our team:

  1. Catch a talk on the Pickled Pavilion, Culture Corner or Farm-to-Bar Stage
  2. Do a hands-on demo at the DIY Fermentation Station
  3. Stop by Culture Chat to talk one-on-one with health and fermentation experts
  4. Peruse the 50+ exhibitors and taste their unique ferments - purchase a jar or two to take home
  5. Take your kids through the Bacteria Buddy Passport Program
  6. Enjoy a seasonal brew or two in the Farm-to-Bar Area [make sure you have a Farm-to-Bar ticket! Limited upgrades day of]
  7. Lay on the grass and listen to the tunes while you munch on prepared foods from the Food Court

What's the deal with parking? Is it free?

We offer complimentary on site parking. However, we encourage festival attendees to carpool and consider taking alternate transportation: jump on the pickle bus, bike, city bus, uber/taxi, etc. Bike racks available on site care of Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition [bring a lock!]. We also have reserved parking in the front lot at the main entrance for those who have a handicap parking sticker and a drop-off zone for those who need it.

Should  consider jumping on the pickle bus?

Yes! We are pleased to be partnering with Jump on the School Bus to offer a safe and convenient ride to and from the festival with pick-up locations in Carpinteria, the Funk Zone and Upper State Street. Roundtrip ride is only $10 and includes a complimentary cup of Whalebird Kombucha - and you get to ride the bus with our very own Patti the Pickle! Busses depart the festival at the end of the event. Purchase a bus ticket here.

What should I bring with ME?

The festival is outdoors, and there are many shady zones, but please come prepared with sun protection [hats, sunblock, etc]. We also encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle, blanket or low-back chair for the Stow House lawns, and a bag for any goodies you take home with you.

Do I need to bring cash?

You can, but we also have an ATM on site in case you need cash to purchase a ferment or two from one of our festival exhibitors.

Is the festival ADA accessible?

Rancho La Patera & Stow House is a beautiful, flat venue with a mixture of paths and grass. Almost the entire area is easily accessible, save for a few lawns that may be be hard to traverse; although if you have someone to help push your wheel chair, you should be just fine. We also have reserved parking in the front lot at the main entrance for those who have a handicap parking sticker and a drop-off zone for those who need it.

do you allow dogs?

Because of the nature of the event and the limited space on site for pets to roam and have their own space, we do not allow dogs in to the event. However, registered service dogs are allowed to accompany the person they service.

Other questions?

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