Pittsburgh Fermentation Festival

Ferment Consumer Profile Opportunity for American Gut Studies

Summary:  Just sharing a fun educational event, that literally could change your health, wellness, and vitality, occurring this Sunday, February 28, 2016, in Pittsburgh should you be nearby. The FREE event is Pittsburgh’s Fermentation Festival I’ll be attending and profiling ferment consumers and vendors for consideration in upcoming American Gut fermenting microbiome studies! Stop by and fill out the questionnaire!

Be a part of this unique FREE Ferment Consumer Profile Opportunity for American Gut fermenting microbiome studies and help further the understanding of the “How” and “Why” ferments modulate our immune system! For an added bonus… attend 5 workshops and learn how to ferment while you are at the festival. The workshops are led by an incredible battery of knowledge! I’ll be sharing how to make lactose-free grassfed yogurt that is part of the healing diet protocols (PALEO (some camps), SCD, GAPS, UMass IBD-AID).  Learn why fermented and traditional foods is part of WHAT EATING REAL WHOLE FOODS LOOKS LIKE.  For a start, read below for Cleveland Clinic’s 5 reasons why you should be consuming ferments.

Attend these 5 Workshops and Learn from:

Trevett, Legume Bistro: Applications for Fermented Vegetables: Ways to Incorporate Fermentation into your Daily Cooking. 10:30am- 11:45am

Jennetta, Prescription Foods: The Health Benefits of Fermented Foods 12pm- 1:15pm

Naomi, Red Star Kombucha: Kombucha 1:30pm- 2:45pm

Greg, The Pickled Chef: Kim Chi 3pm- 4:15pm

Mike, A Few Bad Apples: Hard Cider 4:30pm- 5:30pm

DIY fermenting is EASY and delicious!  Or… check out the vendors that do it for you (see below for those attending)!  Stop by, learn what fermentation is all about, or just say, “Hello!”  You can read more about Pittsburgh’s Fermentation Festival here, here, and here.  The Facebook Page is here.

FESTIVAL DETAILS & Ferment Consumer Profile Opportunity for American Gut Studies

Pittsburgh’s Fermentation Festival is a free family-friendly event Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 10am- 5pm.  A $10 contribution will give access to five workshops where you can learn from masters all about fermenting. Workshop registration begins at 9 am or preregister online here),   For the flat $10 fee you can choose to attend as many workshops as you wish with the workshops running throughout the day.

Biome Onboard Awareness, LLC will be profiling FOR FREE ferment consumers and vendors for consideration in upcoming American Gut fermenting microbiome studies.  Stop by and fill out the questionnaire!
Local businesses that will be sampling and selling fermented products include:
  • Sauerkrauts from Prescription Foods and Laurel Vista,
  • Kimchi from Clarion River Organics, The Pickled Chef and Ferment Pittsburgh,
  • Kombucha from the Coop and Red Star,
  • Cider from Stanton Heights-based community group Bad Apples, and
  • Wild yeast brews from Hop Farm Brewing Company.
  • Plus, Family Farm Creameries will be releasing a brand-new kefir ice cream for the event.
Why should you consume ferments?

Below, Cleveland Clinic explains 5 Reasons You Should Add More Fermented Foods to Your Diet…  Don’t worry… This doesn’t mean you have to eat lacto-fermented pickles for breakfast, lunch and dinner for gut health!  The byproducts of fermentation (and thus the benefits) vary depending on the type of food that is being fermented — whether it’s cabbage or cheese.


You can’t digest your food alone. Good bacteria help break down what your body can’t. This fermenting and metabolizing results in other substances that are beneficial.

Did you know? Insoluble fiber (found in whole grains) is good for you — but it’s not easily fermented.  So it doesn’t really contribute to diversity of your gut microbiota, or good bacteria. For a diverse gut microbiota, you need plenty of soluble fiber (think: dried beans, oats, oranges).


The good bacteria fight the bad – and usually win! Every day, you swallow pathogenic, or disease causing, bacteria.  But you don’t (always) get sick from it because your tiny microscopic helpers take care of it through various victory strategies.
Did you know? Good bacteria create acidic fermentation byproducts – which lower your intestine’s pH, decreasing the
chance for bacteria to survive. They also compete for food
supply and squatting rights on your intestinal lining. Plus,
they secrete antimicrobial proteins that kill off bad bacteria.


Your body needs help making certain vitamins. Good bacteria are to thank for synthesizing, or producing, many fat-soluble vitamins.
Did you know? The list of vitamins you have to thank probiotic
bacteria for includes vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, & K.


A healthy body needs balance. It’s true. Tiny bacteria living in your intestines that you can’t see with your naked eye can have a full-body effect.

Research shows a less diverse gut microbiota is associated with many chronic diseases.

Did you know?  Obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma  and chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid
arthritis and lupus are all linked to having fewer good bacteria
in your gut.  Research is still ongoing into exactly why.


Help restore your gut health after taking antibiotics.
Ever had diarrhea or other intestinal problems while taking antibiotics? That’s because – while sometimes necessary – antibiotics destroy not only bad bacteria, they also wipe out the good bacteria that keep us healthy.

Did you know? Eating fermented foods (or taking probiotic supplements) will help restore your gut health to normal within a week or so after finishing treatment. Just be sure to eat a diet high in fiber and plant-based foods, which gut microbes flourish on. [Ummm…. actually research is ongoing to learn how our guts restore microbiome and the degree to which such returns to pre-antibiotic state.}\]

Here is a great summary description of various ferment bacteria.

lightbulb2Come out and learn what all the news about microbiome and ferments is all about!!!  Your gut will thank you!!!

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