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Belfast in a ferment over 'King of Kraut'

By Staff Reporter

Belfast fermentation author Dearbhla Reynolds is hosting the so-called 'King of Kraut' at a special event celebrating all things fermented on Thursday.

Sandor Katz, a globally-acclaimed author who has made the New York Times best-seller list with his book The Art of Fermentation, will share the secrets of his 25 years' experimenting with fermented foods.

He is speaking at an event at First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street.

Ms Reynolds said Katz - who has earned his nickname from his love of sauerkraut - had become to fermentation "what Elvis was to popular music".

She said: "A new generation is once again becoming interested in fermentation, so with stories from his recent travels in the East and rural China, those who attend can learn the intrinsic role that fermentation plays in other cultures and how this is the missing food we need to reintroduce to our western diets.

"This is enlightened eating, this is living food, this is heightened tasting and no better way to hear if from the advocate who wants people to see the world and bacteria in a new way."

She added: "The event sold out within a few days of being announced, so I have moved it to a bigger venue. It is impossible to convey the vastness of this topic and the extent of its existence around the world. Sandor Katz has immense knowledge, having travelled widely to remote places to discover various traditional techniques and has taught over 1,000 courses and workshops on the topic spanning over a 25-year relationship with these foods.

"They are foods that teach you from experience, making him a wonderful authority on the topic. As these foods gain popularity for many reasons, including the hottest health topic of gut health, it is a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by someone who has such extensive knowledge and international regard."

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