2018 NYC Fermentation Festival

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This March, we attended New York City's annual Fermentation Festival organized by the NYC Brewer's Guild.

It was heartening to see such support and interest from the city's diverse community for Cultured Coffee alongside all things fermented. 

Here are some of the top fermentation trends we noticed at the show:

Healthier Vegetables, with a Twist

Many of the vendors at this year's show are working to make new versions of traditional foods or explore concepts like double-fermentation.

For example:

  • Contraband Ferments, a Brooklyn fermentation duo, combined different forms of traditional fermentation with a display of miso-fermented foods.

Not content with merely fermenting vegetables, many of the companies at the show also explored different flavors and textures to set their products apart.

For example, the delicate yet flavorful turmeric kraut from Hudson Valley fermentation lab Hawthorne Valley is finely-shredded in comparison to its crisp and robust counterpart from Massachusetts vendors Real Pickles.

Craft Fermented Beverage Revival


Mead, a traditional gluten-free alcoholic drink made from fermented honey and spices, and kombucha, made from tea, were the tipsy stars of this year's show.

With lines queueing for a taster, it looks as if mead is set for a craft revival of beer-like proportions. New York mead makers in particular, as well as braggot (mead's maltier cousin) producers, may get a boost from proposed changes designed to support small producers by allowing them to sell their beverage onsite and by the glass. 

Kombucha-makers, in the meantime, each vied for attention with a range of increasingly exotic flavors. For example fellow Brooklyn producers Pilot Kombucha, our booth neighbors at the show, showed off a line of kombuchas with floral and citrus flavors (as well as coffee!).  

eatCultured's Cultured Coffee also went down well with those looking for a healthier caffeinated  pick-me-up at the show. 

Traditional Fermented Foods Are Big Again

picklesThe crowds jostling for position to sample local cave-aged cheeseartisanal vinegar and traditional Japanese foods like natto, made from fermented soy beans, showed renewed consumer interest in traditional fermented crafts and flavors. 

Vinegar specialist and author Michael Harlan-Turkell, manning the festival's fermentation-focused book stand, fielded questions from consumers eager to deep-dive into the specialist techniques used to make both vinegar and other fermented foods. 

Finally, the large selection and popularity of craft beers at the festival indicate this century's craft beer revival in the United States shows no signs of abating. 

In summary, the abundance of recipes and vendors at the show were a positive sign that the plant-based fermentation movement is gaining momentum. Here's to that!

Explore the world's first first smart fermented whole bean coffee from eatCultured: Cultured Coffee  

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