Travel the Farm/Art DTour October 1-10

With trailheads in Plain and Sauk City, this self-guided drive through Wisconsin’s working farmland is punctuated by site-responsive artworks, local food markets, roadside poetry, educational Field Notes and pop-up fermentation events. The 50-mile agri/cultural excursion highlights connections between the arts and agriculture, and brings people together from across the rural-urban continuum to celebrate the land and those who care for it.

What's the difference between Fermentation Fest and the Farm/Art DTour?

If you’ve been following us for a while, you may recall that the Farm/Art DTour, where live cultures converge, started in 2011 as a feature of Fermentation Fest.

With the ongoing pandemic, we’re unable again this year to host a full roster of in-person fermentation classes. But there will still be fermentation-related experiences that bubble up from time to time over the ten days of the DTour (don’t worry, you’ll still be able to enjoy local beers, cheese and sourdough!)

This year, the DTour takes center stage with an abundance of artwork, performances, roadside poetry, food, and agri/cultural experiences. We look forward to seeing you October 1-10.

How did Fermentation Fest get started?

Fermentation Fest began in 2010 when Wormfarm hosted a traveling Smithsonian exhibit at the Woolen Mill Gallery in downtown Reedsburg, WI. Key Ingredients: America by Food invited us to explore our regional footways and traditions including fermentation.

Where does the event take place?

The Trailheads for the 2022 DTour are the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce in Sauk City, WI and the Kraemer Community Library in Plain, WI.

Reedsburg was the trailhead for Fermentation Fest from 2010-2019.

In 2020, when the Farm/Art DTour route moved to southern Sauk County, the historic Witwen Park became the main hub for fermentation demos, music performances, participatory activities and community engagement.

Revisit the 2021 Fest

In fall 2021, we did things a little differently by collaborating with researchers at the Grassland 2.0 project to host a special "grassland edition" of Fermentation Fest.