Fermenting Fundamentals: A Workshop Whisking Great Barrier into a Probiotic Paradise. Photo / Local Food Initiative

Fermenting Fest: Gear Up for Gut-Friendly Workshop

Grow Food Aotea is stirring up community interest with a fermentation workshop designed to unlock the secrets of kitchen alchemy. On Saturday, March 9, islanders are invited to gather at Okiwi Passion from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM for a skill-sharing session that promises to convert humble garden produce into a cornucopia of cultured delights.

Fermenting Fundamentals: A Workshop Whisking Great Barrier into a Probiotic Paradise. Photo / Local Food Initiative

Grow Food Aotea is stirring up community interest with a fermentation workshop designed to unlock the secrets of kitchen alchemy. On Saturday, March 9, islanders are invited to gather at Okiwi Passion from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM for a skill-sharing session that promises to convert humble garden produce into a cornucopia of cultured delights.

Fermentation, an age-old practice of preserving food, is making a modern-day comeback as a way to not only extend the shelf life of harvests but also to boost nutritional content and add a flavorful zing to meals. The workshop is set to cover a range of ferments from the tang of sauerkraut to the effervescence of kombucha, alongside the creamy goodness of yogurt and kefir.

Local enthusiasts will guide attendees through the fermentation process, offering hands-on experience and expert tips. “Fermentation is an art that goes beyond mere preservation,” shares Caity Endt, one of the workshop leaders. “It’s a celebration of flavors, a boon for health, and a testament to sustainability—all wrapped into one.”

With the approach of cooler months, the timing couldn’t be better for residents to add these skills to their culinary repertoire. For a $20 fee, which supports the workshop’s running, participants will not only gain invaluable knowledge but also leave with their own starter ferment and the necessary tools to continue their fermentation journey at home.

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This event, presented by Grow Food Aotea and funded by the Local Board, is part of an initiative to bolster island living with sustainable food practices. Given the limited spots, those interested are encouraged to book quickly to secure their place in this popular workshop.

To join the fermentation fun and discover how to turn everyday ingredients into probiotic powerhouses, reach out to Caity Endt at info@okiwipassion.co.nz, or contact her at 021 212 7153 by call or text.

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