Ten Days of Food, Farms and Fermentation in Reedsburg

Weaving through the spectacular Driftless Area around Reedsburg is the fifty-mile-long Farm/Art DTour. As the main attraction exploring the timeless connections between land and people, the Farm/Art DTour complements the cooking demos, food samples and culinary seminars on the menu at the nationally-acclaimed, ten-day-long Reedsburg Fermentation Fest kicking off in early October.

Billed as "a live culture convergence," the Fermentation Fest is a delicious and educational way to hone your cheese-making or baking skills, ferment your own sauerkraut and dill pickles, or sample a spectrum of live cultured and homemade dishes.

With numerous culinary classes on all things fermented – including chocolate, sourdough bread, kombucha, kefir, beer, wine, hard cider, homemade soda, sausage and corned beef – there’s plenty to taste. Plus, workshops on beekeeping, raising chickens and making compost jumpstart participants eager to live the good life.

Visitors never know what to expect around the next bend, hill, turn or town. The Farm/Art DTour combines art, live performances, educational exhibits and breathtaking scenery.

On the DTour are Farm Forms, captivating art installations by farmers, artists and community groups, as well as unique artist-made Roadside Culture Stands selling fresh, locally grown produce. There are also Field Notes, rural culture education sites where hayfields, dairy farms, wetlands or cornfields are interpreted for visitors.

Pasture performances of music, dance and theatre are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays of the fest. 

Looking for someplace to stay after some fun at the fest? Check out these five nearby cabins in the Baraboo Hills.