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Mouthful: Plenty to taste at Fermentation Fest

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Fermentation Fun: Sunday’s Farm to Fermentation Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, with hands-on activities, a wide array of tastings and a sauerkraut competition, open to anyone. It takes place at the Finley Community Center (2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New this year is a root beer float bar, hosted by The Kefiry of Sebastopol. The Kefiry makes a Triple Root Beer, which will be paired with Straus Family Creamery ice cream.

Workshops and demonstrations take place nonstop throughout the day, with homemade kimchi, umeboshi, beet kvass, cheese-making, meat-curing and digestive health among the topics. You can learn how to make your own fermented sour pickles, or sample cheeses paired with cider, mead and wine.

General admission is $25. VIP admission, which includes access to the Libation Lounge, is $45. The Madame Fromage Cheese Pairing is an additional $15 and advance tickets for this are highly recommended, as it is expected to sell out. Children aged 13 to 18 pay $15 and kids 12 and under are admitted free.

For advance tickets, visit farmtofermentation.com.

Proceeds from this year’s festival benefit Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprenticeship Program.


Caws for Paws: On Friday, August 22, Negri’s Restaurant hosts the 6th Annual Caws for Paws, a spaghetti feed that benefits Sonoma County Animal Services.

It takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is just $20 per person.

In addition to a spaghetti dinner, animals will be available for on-site adoption and t-shirts will be available for purchase. There is a raffle as well, with great prizes.

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