Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fermentation Celebration: quick overview

     Saturday began with groggy eyes, slow movements, and a major craving for some kombucha! Kombucha is this amazing drink (okay, an acquired taste for sure) that is vinegary, supposed to aid your digestive system and provide energy. It's got spice and is more like a live tea because of the active enzymes and microbes buzzing around in it. I used to live on this while living in Vermont. It is technically considered a non-alcoholic beverage, because it have less than a 0.5% alcohol level, but I swear, it gets me a bit buzzy!
     Getting closer to the broader picture and overall point, Saturday was the second Fermentation Celebration! This event is celebrating all things fermented and even local. Loads of beer, pickled items, and of course kombucha. The first Fermentaion celebration did so well that a second one was organized, entrance fees doubled (10,000W->20,000W) and the space increased(now divided in between two streets versus one!) The event started at 1 and came to a close around 5. I met up with friends, we wandered the event and I met some pretty passionate people! Restaurants gathered together providing locally brewed beers, local salsas, home-made maekgoli, vegetarian goat cheese. The entire event reminded me of the farmer's markets back in VT. Meeting the providers and producers, getting connected, hearing their genuine only want to support the community!
Here's a collection of shots I gathered!
fermented cilantro salsa from Phillies (photo taken by VeganBeats)
KOMBUCHA!!! from Le Vert (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     I met this community of brewers from 'Homebrew Korea' and they were awesome! These guys got into brewing because of the general lack of good beers in Korea, and organized a self-brewing community. These guys all brew at home, meet up discuss beer...super passionate and really into brewing! Updates to come!!
He makes IPA's!! ^^* (photo taken by VeganBeats)
  A popular restaurant (near Noksapyeoung) called Noxa provided a lot of fermented samples. Their own cheese, mild and spicey salsa, raw salad dressing, and a green smoothie! (photo taken by VeganBeats)
my beautiful friends waiting for beer! (photo taken by VeganBeats)
...and drinking it! (photo taken by VeganBeats)
great sport! (photo taken by VeganBeats)
pickled cherry tomatoes and apple wine! (photo taken by VeganBeats)
         The event was full of people, really community orientated and brought me home! I'm not into beer, honestly, but a good quality IPA, I can't deny! And the genuine excitement and passion all these people had for their creations, I couldn't help but want to support! Is this the new wave of Korea? Is this what may come next? 

This is only the beginning I feel in terms of food and products available, more local, more involved...maybe Vermont isn't so far away!

~~~This weekend already has so much going on, and wonderful things have been happening....concentrated posts to come ^^*!~

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