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Fermentation Festival is a first-of-its-kind event in Atlanta is planned for Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse in downtown Decatur. Building on the success of other local fermentation festivals in Boston and San Diego, The Homestead Atlanta and Golda Kombucha will host a day of family fun to celebrate living foods and beverages and the artisans who produce them.

Fermentation enthusiasts, real food lovers, and those interested in the benefits of living foods are invited out to shop our Makers Marketplace featuring fermented goods from bread to kimchi, cheese to charcuterie. In between shopping, visitors will be treated to live music, cooking demos, and yoga sessions at our Wellness Pavilion and can explore the DIY Fermentation Station where everyone can learn to make and take home their own jar of pickled local vegetables. Continuing with the education component, we are looking forward to Georgia Tech's Science Corner with microscopes to view live bacteria and expert speakers to educate our visitors on the benefits of living foods.

Other noteworthy events include our Culture Swap, where fellow fermenters can exchange cultures, as well as a Homebrew Competition with some of the city’s most prestigious brewers as judges. Additionally, adults can enjoy our Fermented Beverage Garden serving different locally fermented drinks including coffee, beer, wine, cider, kombucha, and more! 



Fermentation Fest is a celebration of culture & community.  The gathering promotes health and wellness through nutrient-dense, probiotic, "real food" as well as generating a healthy community through idea exchange and education. From workshops and demos to literal culture exchanges, the event is the perfect place to exchange ideas, knowledge, recipes, scobys, starters, and more. Plus, it provides a marketplace to support local artisans and food producers from right here in Atlanta!


Kimberly Coburn

Kimberly is an Atlanta-born, Atlanta-based writer, organizer, and educator. She has spearheaded several grassroots initiatives connecting individuals with the local food movement as well as serving on the board of local and national sustainability nonprofits. In 2013, Kimberly founded The Homestead Atlanta, an education initiative dedicated to fostering regenerative communities through self-reliance and sustainability education. She is honored to be a 2015 National Arts Strategies Creative Community fellow and a 2016 Slow Food International Terra Madre delegate. She loves all things fermented and has a science lab's worth of jars and crocks bubbling in her kitchen, pantry, above the fridge, beneath the get the idea.

Melanie Wade

Melanie Wade is Founder of Golda Kombucha, Georgia’s first and finest sparkling kombucha tea. Inspired by a treasured family recipe and fruit and herb flavors native to Georgia, Melanie began developing kombucha while in college and has since expanded across the Southeast.

Golda Kombucha is more than a business venture to Melanie—it’s part of her family’s history. Melanie’s kombucha recipe and the culture used for fermentation were passed down from her grandmother Golda, the business’ namesake. A living testament to wellness, Golda is 95-years-old and resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She has been brewing and perfecting her unique kombucha recipe for over 40 years, now passed down to Melanie.

Shawn O’Neill

Shawn O’Neill is the owner of Soffritto PR and a seasoned PR and event-planning professional.  Managing the event development, sponsorships, and media outreach for Fermentation Fest, she brings over 10 years of industry experience and a host of connections to the mix.  Shawn is a real food lover and spends her spare time canning her own pickles and making kombucha.



With the goal of educating Atlantans on the power and fun of living food, Fermentation Fest relies on sponsorships to create an esteemed festival that is accessible to the whole community at no cost. Below are the sponsorship packages that we are offering. Interested in supporting this exciting food event? Contact us or fill out our sponsorship form.

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