When it comes to small-batch, artisanal foods and goods producers, Humboldt's got it made. We've got cider makers, gluten-free bakers, award-winning brewers, cheese-makers, chocolatiers, picklers, distillers, winemakers and more. And we've got one of the most vibrant arts scenes in the state. How great would it be to sample a little bit of all that in one spot? Humboldt Made and the Arcata Playhouse are putting on an event where you can do just that. Nibble and knock back tasty fermented foods amid art performances and live music at the Humboldt Fervor Fest happening Saturday, Aug. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Creamery District ($60 premium includes distilled spirits sampling, $40 general, kids free).
It's a great way to see and taste some of Humboldt's entrepreneurial spirit (and spirits) and support local small businesses and arts. The benefit for Humboldt Made and Playhouse Arts features a who's-who of local producers including (and this is just a sample, too) Wrangletown Cider, It's Alive Kombucha, Humboldt Chocolate, Humboldt Kimchi, Cypress Grove Chevre, Alchemy Distillery, Arise Bakery, Mad River Brewing and Pickled Planet. Depending on whether you go premium or not, you can sample distilled spirits as well as hard cider, beer and wine, fermented non-alcoholic drinks and fermented foods. On the artsy side of things, groove to music by the Paula Jones Band, Firesign, Jenni & David and the Sweet Soul Band and Asha Nan, and enjoy performances by No Limits Dance Academy and Partik Motwani. As with any good festival, this one has a healthy line-up of arts and craft vendors, too. Oh, and for those interested in fermenting at home (not the same as sitting on the couch, soused) there will be demos and learning opportunities on the flavoring and preserving process.
— Kali Cozyris