According to their website, Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence is an annual celebration of live culture in all its forms, from dance to yogurt, poetry to sauerkraut. Presented by Reedsburg, Wisconsin-based Wormfarm Institute, Fermentation Fest brings together farmers, chefs, artists, poets and performers in the beautiful working lands of Sauk County, WI for nine days of tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes, art events, performances, food carts and more. An important part of the Fest is a Farm/Art DTour; This is a 50+ mile self-guided loop through central Sauk County, Wisconsin punctuated by site-responsive art, roadside poetry, local food, pasture performances, and more.
In 2016 I conducted a mixed methods evaluation of the Farm/Art DTour portion of the Fest. Through surveys of Fest attendees and a focus group of key individuals, I helped event organizers understand the impact of the DTour on the local communities, as well as its overall value in the larger Fest context.