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 sauerkrauts (and other fermented foods) 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 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?
Home workshops cost $250 for up to 5 participants. Each additional participant beyond 5 will cost $30.
Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. When scheduling a home workshop, at least 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 by credit card. Home workshops must be paid at least 50% by credit card 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.
WATER KEFIR FAQ
What is water kefir?
Water Kefir is a non-dairy, slightly effervescent, probiotic drink. It is made from water, sugar, and kefir "grains." The grains are bacteria and yeast that feed on the sugar in an anaerobic environment. Most people flavor the base water kefir with fruit.
What does it taste like?
Water kefir tastes like a soda, but is considerably healthier. Wow Wow produces Lime/Basil, Lime/Ginger, Lime/Mint (Mojito), and just plain Lime. Other fruit flavors will be available in season.
What are the benefits of drinking water kefir?
Like other probiotics, water kefir contributes to good gut health. Unlike yogurt or milk kefir, water kefir has no dairy and so it is good for the dairy intolerant. Water kefir helps with digestion and helps produce healthy flora in the intestine.
What is the difference between water kefir and kombucha?
Although both are probiotic, water kefir utilizes lactic acid and yeast in the fermentation process (the same bacterial strains as in vegetable ferments) while kombucha uses acetic acid and has a black tea base.