Fermentation Demos

Cider Making

Join The Experts From Botanist & Barrel from 12pm -12:45pm for a FREE Demo on Cider Making!

Ferment that fruit: Ugly fruit deserves love too!  

Botanist and Barrel believes fermentation doesn’t have to be complicated and is better with little to no manipulation.

Learn how to make wine or cider with almost any and every fruit.   Lyndon Smith, cellar-man and owner of Botanist & Barrel, will lead a fast-paced demonstration about fermenting at home. The demo will focus on the big do’s and don’ts, highlighting the natural fermentation process.  The demo should give you the confidence and basics, so when you get home to ferment you wont get stuck wondering what to do next! 


Art of Sourdough

Join Us From 1pm-1:45pm for a FREE Demo on Sourdough with Rich Orris! Ever Want to Learn The Fine Art Of Sourdough Bread Making From a Local Master Baker? This is Your Chance! Don't Miss It-

Basics of Sauerkraut

Join Lars Peterson of  Fermenti. from 2pm-2:45pm for a FREE Demo, journeying through the basic understanding of handcrafting your own fermented, lactic-bacteria, probiotic-rich foods. In this demo you will learn why you need them in your diet and how this form of preservation cuts food waste, food budgets and increases nutritional value. The demo will cover basic tools, techniques, and general recipes for fermenting sauerkraut at home. 

Cider Vinegar and Tonics

Join Stephanie Poetter of Locally Good from 3pm-3:45pm for a FREE Demo on Cider Vinegar and Tonics. Full of beneficial probiotics and enzymes, antibacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic, high in potassium, and can help balance your body’s Ph. What are we talking about? Apple cider vinegar of course! Come learn how to make ACV and other fruit vinegars from scratch, so you can enjoy all of the amazing health benefits at home for a fraction of the price of a good, small batch vinegar. Whether drinking for health, using in a marinade, or splashing on a fresh salad, you will love having your own vinegar on hand. The taste of a homemade ACV is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… so smooth with none of the harsh bite! You will also learn how to make what is traditionally known as fire cider. Vinegar starters will be available for purchase to inoculate your first batch and help you get started faster. 

Raw Cacao & Fermented Vegan Cheese

Join Us From 4pm-4:45pm for a FREE Demo on Raw Cacao and Fermented Vegan Cheese from Brynda Becthold of MannaPlannet!  Reishi Cacao Elixir & Vegan Cheeze

      Did you realize that cacao (chocolate) is fermented?  Raw cacao beans are not roasted and therefore will retain more of the phytochemicals known to enhance our well being than roasted chocolate. Combined with reishi mushroom tea, coconut cream, hazelnut essence and more, this luscious beverage is to be highly esteemed!  

This will be followed by the preparation of a non-dairy cultured "cheeze" made primarily of nuts.  Both recipes are vegan, mostly raw organic, gluten free and sampling will be available.  

        Small donations for cost of ingredients will be appreciated but optional and color recipe booklets will be for sale at the Mannaplanet raw cacao treats booth.

      Brynda Bechtold has been a self appointed researcher of all things health and food for over 47 years.  She owned a small health food store in low country SC in the 70's and has been an artist all her life.

She has been married to Bill for 40 years, they have 2 adult children and live in Alexander, NC having arrived in Asheville 38 years ago. She offers classes, raw cacao events and operates Mannaplanet, a raw cacao treat business. Find her healthy treats at West Village Market and The Block off Biltmore.

Jun Kombucha

Join Us From 5:15-6pm for a FREE Demo on Making Jun with Asheville's Own Jun Expert Shanti Volpe of Shanti Elixirs! 

 Shanti Volpe, RN, BSN, IBCLC is a nurse, perinatal educator, lactation consultant, wife and mother. Her interest in holistic health led her on a transformation journey where she became a beekeeper and Jun brewer. Delighted with finding another form of gut health for her family she began playing with the magical living Jun culture using her Blissful Bee honey. It didn’t take long for her family, friends and coworkers to urge her to make more. With much love and support from family and friends and the demand for these sacred elixirs, Shanti gave birth to Shanti Elixirs, LLC in March of 2017. Her company is dedicated to helping people find peace and balance both internally and externally while honoring environmental stewardship. 

Shanti will be facilitating an interactive workshop with an in depth discussion and demonstration on the ancient art of Jun brewing. Jun is a fermented effervescent tea, rich in healthy acids and probiotics. It has become known as the “Champagne of Kombucha” due to its light, smooth, and unique flavor profile. Jun is a unique cousin to kombucha and has the added benefits of green tea (bioactive compounds and powerful antioxidant properties) and raw honey (antibacterial, antifungal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties). She will be sharing her secrets for making high-vibe, fermented honey-based elixirs for body, mind and spirit.

In Booth Demos

FUR-menting For Animals!

Join Noel Thurner for FREE Ongoing In Booth Demos on Fermenting for Animals. 

How does one get beneficial bacteria into your pet’s gut? Easy: fermented vegetables—in an application we’ll call FUR-ments. I have created a new way to craft FUR-ments using the scraps of food one would either discard or compost. This is the ultimate in up-cycling food from your preferably organic and locally grown vegetables. This not only keeps these ‘wastes’ out of the landfill, but provides a nutrient-dense and fiber-rich fermented ‘vitamin pack' for one’s pets. My booth will be an ongoing demonstration of the age old technique of fermenting but with our beloved dogs' and cats' gut health in mind.