What is fermentation?

Fermentation is the process by which microbes and yeast act on sugars in food that happen to preserve those foods for later consumption. One result of vegetable fermentation is nutrients become more available to us and B vitamins such as  folic acid, riboflavin, and niacin are created. Lacto-fermented foods have been known to treat irritable bowel syndrome and to fight the side effects of antibiotics.

Why should I consider taking a fermentation workshop?

If you would like to take more control of your diet, have an interest in cooking and/or food preservation, or want to try something new, a fermentation workshop is for you.

What is offered in a workshop?
Fermentation workshops last approximately two hours and include information about the fermentation process, benefits of fermented foods, a demonstration and tasting of homemade fermented foods including a variety of flavored sauerkrauts, and the opportunity to make your own sauerkraut. Each participant will go home with a quart of sauerkraut to ferment at home along with a "kit" for creating more fermented goodies in the future.
What is a fermentation kit?
The fermentation kit consists of a wide mouth, quart sized mason jar, Masontops pickle pipe and a Mastontops pickle pebble.
What do I need to bring to a workshop?
Just bring an apron, a sense of fun and an inquisitive mind. We'll provide the rest including knives, cutting boards, ingredients and fermentation kits.
What is a home workshop?

Wow Wow can offer the same culinary hands-on experience in the familiarity of your home. Home workshops are great for small groups of friends, for birthday celebrations, showers, book clubs, neighbors, and family gatherings. 

How to I schedule a private workshop for my group?

Contact Wow Wow at or call 703-336-7800 to schedule your workshop. We will be happy to tailor the event to accommodate your needs and interests.

​What is the fee for a home workshop?

​$60 per person for a group of 3 - $180.

$55 per person for a group of 4 - $220.

$50 per person for a group of 5 - $250.

$30 for each additional participant beyond 5.

If you'd like to add a yogurt making demonstration (which includes the host keeping a quart of homemade yogurt!) add an additional $30.


Payment can be made by  cash, check, or credit card. When scheduling a home workshop, half of the fee for your event must be paid in advance. When paying for a public workshop, use the credit card payment feature on this website.

Secure Ordering & Payment Options

​Public workshops must be paid in advance. Home workshops must be paid at least 50%in advance with the balance by cash, check, or credit card.

​Cancellations and Refunds

Because of the preparation necessary for a successful workshop the refund policy is:

Full refunds are available for cancellations more than one week prior to your event.

One week to within 2 days of an event, 50% of the fee is refundable.

No refunds for cancellations within 2 days of an event.

If a cancellation is due to inclement weather, a new date/time will be arranged.

Finished Pink Sunshine Kraut

Prep for Pink Sunshine Sauerkraut

Don't forget the carrot, lemon and ginger

Shred and mix.

Homemade yogurt with apple and honey

What do you want to ferment?