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Ferment the Seasons

from £195.00

Join our Fermentation guru Rachel de Thample and learn to transform seasonal ingredients into gut-friendly ferments.

Get to grips with gut-friendly ferments with fermentation expert Rachel de Thample. Learn to make a range of fermented produce, all with top quality seasonal ingredients.

The day will focus on the healthy end of fermenting starting with krauts and kimchis. The course will cover fermented batters like dosas, blinis and farinata, and touch on delicious fermented dairy. You will also discover how to ferment fruit and create sparkling good-for-you drinks like kombucha and kefir.

The day will cover all the techniques and basics you need to get started. It’ll be bursting full of hands-on making – you’ll leave with a stash of soon-to-be bubbling jars to take home, a recipe pack weighted with wisdom, a tongue-pleasing array of tasters and a guide to how you can apply your newly-found knowledge as the seasons ebb and flow.

If you'd like to take your fermentation skills even further, check out our more advanced course: Next Level Fermentation


• • Make your own kraut and kimchi using ingredients from the River Cottage Kitchen Garden

• Learn about fermented batters and dairy

• Delicious two course lunch featuring fermented foods

• Opportunity to wander around the farm

• Learn about ferments drinks such as kombucha, jun and kefir

• Find out how fermentation can be used to enhance sweet creations as well as savoury

• Discover how recipes can be altered to suit the best produce of the season

• A complimentary recipe pack featuring all the recipes you learned throughout the day

  • Ferment the Seasons

    A great day, learnt so much. Love the location. Looking forward to experimenting with the recipes at home. Wonderful hospitality and attention to detail.

    Helen Attended 24 March 2023

    4.7 out of 5
  • Ferment the Seasons

    I highly recommend this course. It is the perfect way to start your journey into fermenting. It encouraged me to have a go and experiment with all types of food. Rachel is so approachable and helpful and her passion for healthy food and living is so evident that you really leave...

    Penny Attended 20 September 2021

    4.7 out of 5

Your day

10:00 - 17:00

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your host and settle in with a tea or coffee in hand.

  • Session One

    You’ll start the day with a breakfast taster featuring some of Rachel’s favourite ferments such as scrambled eggs on blinis with fermented mushroom pickles.

  • Session Two

    We’ll then get stuck right in learning how to ferment grains and dairy to make them more digestible. We’ll mix up a stunning batch of fermented Russian blinis or Italian farinata and a kombucha crème fraiche which you can shake into butter.

  • Session Three

    Next we will dive into the world of lacto-fermentation as Rachel teaches you how to make your own sauerkraut and fun seasonal version of kimchi such as a springy beetroot and rhubarb or an autumnal curried parsnip kraut with pears from our orchard and garden herbs.

  • Session Four

    Fruit has so many fun options when it comes to fermentation and Rachel will guide you through her favourite fruit ferments. Embracing honey from our own bees, we’ll be making a honey-fermented jam.

  • Lunch

    Lunch will feature a smattering of some of Rachel’s favourite ferments such as pumpkin kimchi dumplings or oat-crumbed mackerel with honey-fermented rhubarb with thyme.

  • Session Five

    The afternoon will focus on healthy homemade drinks as Rachel shares her love for fermented tea – aka kombucha, introducing you to a honeyed version called ‘jun’. You’ll also learn how to make water kefir with key instructions on how to tailor basic brews into seasonal masterpieces. You’ll get to try Rachel’s brews with her season spins such as Marmalade and toast kombucha and Rhubarb and elderflower kefir.

  • Departure

    There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before heading back up the hill for 5pm.

    You’ll take home a copy of the recipes you've created, the jars of kraut and kimchi you'll have made, as well as kombucha crème fraiche, honey-fermented jam and a kombucha scoby so you can get brewing at home.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

Stay in our famous Farmhouse, click here. For other local accommodation click here.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food and Travel Magazine 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2018