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The 7th annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival is part of a larger grassroots movement that is changing the way we view our food, our connection to the earth and our ability to thrive. We connect our attendees to local and regional experts who share the history, farming practices, benefits and preparation of fermented, cultured and traditional foods that nourish our gut microbiome. We collaborate with cutting edge researchers who are defining the important role beneficial bacteria play in our health and the health of our planet.

Our all-ages experiential one-day festival invites attendees to enjoy samples from fermented food and beverage artisans, learn from more than fifty presenters on four stages, and participate in hands-on activities.


  • Nurture what Nature Gave You” Theme featuring fermentation, science and health care industry professionals on how fermentation directly impacts health.
  • DIY Fermentation Stations, where attendees can participate in hands-on demonstrations that show how easy it is to make traditionally fermented foods such as citrusy water kefir soda, spicy heirloom tomato salsa, fermented zucchini chips, Four Thieves kraut and onion relish.
  • Pickled Pavilion and Culture Corner, where fermentation experts will share the history, benefits and preparation of fermented foods such as Macadamia nut yogurt, pinquito bean miso, papaya salsa, raw chocolate butter pudding and wild soda.
  • Dozens of Ferment-centric Exhibitors, featuring 75+ different types of local and regional fermented foods samples, products, and supplies. 
  • 21+ Farm-to-Bar Area, where attendees can taste traditionally crafted wild ale, cider, mead, jun, shrubs, distilled spirits, fermentation-inspired cocktails, and other creative libations.
  • Culture Chat featuring one-on-one learning opportunities with fermentation and health experts
  • Bacteria Buddy Passport Program featuring hands-on activities for bacteria farmers ages 4-12 years old.

NEW FOR 2017!

  • Emphasis on the microbiome and glyphosate research and the most recent data from our collaborative study with Slow Food Ventura County.
  • DIY Fermentation Stations where you can make four different fermented foods throughout the day on YOUR schedule. This new and improved hybrid of our DIY Pickle Station and Fermentation Station Stage allows you to see more talks, spend more time with exhibitors, and still have the opportunity to learn hands-on how to make your own ferments.
  • Extended Farm-to-Bar Hours - Farm-to-Bar hours have been extended to mirror the festival hours - 11am-5pm - that's one more hour to enjoy the dozens of local libations available for sampling.
  • Farm-to-Bar relocates to the grassy field just inside the festival entrance, where grass and shade abound. 
  • All Access Farm-to-Bar Education - The Farm-to-Bar stage has been moved just outside the Farm-to-Bar area so that ALL festival attendees can listen to and engage with our informative talks and demos.
  • Live Music On Stage - The Farm-to-Bar stage will highlight traditional alcohol fermentation education the first half of the day and live music from our area's best musicians the second half of the day. The stage's new location guarantees all attendees access.

GA Ticket includes:

  • Festival admission, 11am-5pm
  • Dozens of fermented foods and beverage samples
  • All talks, demonstrations and festival activities

GA + Farm-to-Bar Ticket includes:

  • General Admission Ticket PLUS:
  • Access to exclusive 21+ Farm-to-Bar area
  • Collectible drinking glass
  • Tastings of traditionally fermented alcoholic beverages such as jun, mead, cider, sake, feral beers, wild wines and fermented cocktails

GA + Farm-to-Bar + Pickle BUs Ticket includes:

  • General Admission + Farm-to-Bar Ticket PLUS:
  • Round-trip transportation from Carpinteria and Santa Barbara locations [see various pick up time options]
  • Carpool to the Festival in GREEN style - Jump on the School Bus is the GREENEST transportation company in Santa Barbara and provides an eco-conscious and safe way to get to and from SBFF
  • All ages welcome; free for children 15 and younger with a paying adult

Profits from the festival directly benefit Slow Food Ventura County and the collaborative microbiome projects they are spearheading to further our understanding of the billions of microbes that live within our immune system, the role that they play, and how fermented foods and probiotics contribute to the health of our immune system.