The Fermentarium is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting the small-scale production of “real” fermented food and drink.
The Fermentarium began its adventure in fermentation in 2014 at the Blackhorse Workshop, Walthamstow, London. At first the emphasis was on baking sourdough bread and pizza-making in a cob oven in the yard as well as sourdough bread-making classes.
In 2014 Simon and David wanted to share their experience and knowledge of fermenting and began to run lactic fermentation classes and then were joined by Anna in March 2016 and began to add further courses such as Kombucha, Soft fermented drinks, Cultured Condiments and Dairy Ferments.
In November 2016 following redevelopment at Blackhorse Workshop we moved down the road to Gnome House, a lively community centre with lots of space.
In 2016 we published a book Ferment, Pickle Dry - Ancient Methods, Modern Meals, which explored not only fermenting but also pickling and drying and packed with recipes to show how to combine these products in everyday meals.
In 2017 we took part in an episode of the BBC programme Trust Me I'm a Doctor, where we not only gave Michael Mosley his first taste of sauerkraut but taught him how to make it. Our kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and cottage cheese were tested against commercial varieties by Dr Paul Cotter from the Teagasc Research Centre in Cork and scientists at the University of Roehampton, who found that "There were some striking differences between the products. While the homemade foods and products made by traditional methods contained a wide array of bacteria, some of the commercial products contained barely any." (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38800977)
We have taken part in numerous community events and festivals to promote fermentation and worked in fermented product development for a number of high profile companies.
In 2020 in response to the covid lockdowns we developed live online courses which we run via Zoom. We wanted these courses to be as interactive as our in person courses, so we run most across two sessions and have an accompanying Whatsapp group.
We can also arrange corporate events and private courses. We are always positive about collaborating with other groups so if you have something in mind do get in touch!