Festival of fermented foods at Aberystwyth University

Professor Nigel Holt

Professor Nigel Holt

05 April 2024

From kombucha to kefir and sauerkraut, the benefits of fermented foods for our minds and bodies will be explored at a Festival of Fermentation at Aberystwyth University in April. 

The event is open to all and will showcase some of the research being carried out at the University on kombucha, fermented apple cider vinegar, beer brewing, tea production, microbial foods and other products. 

It will bring together academic researchers, fermented food and drink producers, and industry bodies as well as members of the public interested in finding out more about this ancient processing tradition and how research is informing developments today. 

A full programme of activities will be held between 10am and 3.30pm on Friday 19 April at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, with a mix of talks, panel discussions and case studies as well as a kefir and sauerkraut-making demonstration and a chance to taste a few fermented products.  

There will also be a display area showcasing a range of fermented food and drink products from Wales alongside industry bodies and academic research projects. 

Ahead of the main programme, there will be an informal reception on Thursday evening 18 April with a  free showing of the documentary film ‘Fermented’at 6pm at Aberystwyth Arts Centre cinema.  

The event is being organised by the Department of Psychology at Aberystwyth University, in collaboration with the Department of Life Sciences. 

The Head of the Department of Psychology, Professor Nigel Holt, said:  

“Fermenting foods is a centuries-old tradition but in recent years there’s been a growing interest in the process and its potential benefits. Here in Aberystwyth, we’re doing some really exciting research looking at the psychology related to the consumption of fermented products. This is one of a number of research projects currently underway. Our Festival of Fermentation in April will be a celebration of the work being done on fermentation - from foods that could improve gut health and well-being to products that may help us forge a sustainable future." 

Admission on the Thursday and Friday is free including refreshments but attendees need to register on Eventbrite by 12 April to secure their place:www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gwyl-eplesu-festival-of-fermentation-tickets-860940936517 

Further details are available on Eventbrite or email ferment@aber.ac.uk if you have any questions.