Introduction to Fermented Food and Drinks


Saturday 25th January 2025Saturday 25th January 2025

This course will be held at our new venue in Chudleigh (TQ13 0AA).

We invite you to an introductory 3 hour session to discover if making fermented food and drink is something you want to learn more about. We will make a super tasty Central American Sauerkraut called Curtido and teach you how to look after it when you get home. We will also sample some other ferments from our full day course (Advanced Food Preservation Techniques) so you can decide if you want to learn more!  

Fermentation was traditionally a method of storing food but is also commonly used in food production, coffee, wine and chocolate, three of the most consumed products in the world are all fermented during production.  Fermentation is also widely recognised for the health benefits associated with the good gut bacteria Lacto Bacillus which is naturally produced during the fermentation process.

Introducing fermented foods into your diet opens up a whole new range of textures, flavours and health benefits. It’s fun, healthy and tasty!

This is a very relaxed workshop, so come and have some fun.

If this is a gift a physical voucher can be purchased for first class post here or second class post here.

For up to date details on how we are managing Covid 19 please click here.

Schedule of the day

09:30 Welcome, refreshments and introduction

Demonstrate Curtido preparation followed by practical tasks for guests


Opportunity to taste a range of fermented products from around the world


Finish Curtido


Recap day, Depart till next time


We design our courses to be fully inclusive and will make every effort to make them available to all. If you have a disability or a require support to take part in our courses please let us know in advance so we can ensure your experience is maximised.



”I went on Colin's food and drink fermenting class loved every minute. Enjoyed the food drink and the making of my own Curtido also i enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the company of the other class members. I couldn't recommend it highly enough fantastic thanks ever so much Colin.” W Downes, Facebook

”I have been buying a lot of their products for a while now but today I went on their Fermented Foods and Drinks course. Really interesting and great fun!” R Barclay, Facebook

“I attended the fermentation class this morning and it was just brilliant!
The space is beautiful. Collin is a great teacher. Very relaxed and a wealth of knowledge. Very friendly and helpful. I loved learning and tasting all the different types of foods. Learnt a lot and can’t wait to try another course. I would totally recommend any of the courses ..... a real treat!” G Mueller, Facebook

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Lovely space for the introduction to fermenting

Informative and enjoyable.
Colin has amazing knowledge and great to see, taste and be amazed at how versatile this method of preserving is.

Thank you for your lovely review, we hope to see you again soon.

Hazel patterson
Fantastic informative course

Had a fabulous time at the fermentation course, got to try lots of different things but loved the fact that the process for each one was explained as well so easy for you to recreate at home. Can't wait for the foraging course!

Thank you for your lovely review. See you back at the Cookery School soon.

Fun day

I can thoroughly recommend this course 'Introduction to Fermented Foods'.
The cookery school was easy to find and easy to park.
The half day course was fun and I have learnt a lot of new skills from using knives (safely) to chop ingredients finely to the science behind fermenting foods and their health benefits.
Colin was welcoming, helpful and made it easy to fully participate.
I loved the welcome refreshments - one of which was yarrow, spruce tip and mint tea. It set the tone for Colin's philosophy - healthy nutrition using local ingredients with a known provenance.
This course has given me the enthusiasm to cook more and return for further courses.

Thank you for your lovely review. Good luck with the cooking.

Judith Millman
A fun and informative morning

I was gifted a wild foraging and cooking course with Colin which I loved, and still use the information & recipes.
So I thought I'd find out a bit about fermentation. The morning was relaxed, but packed with information and tips. We also got to taste many different foods, sauces and drinks. Fascinating and something I will be exploring further.
Colin's enthusiasm and knowledge is second to none.
Thank you.

Thank you for your lovely review and for returning for more!

Sarah B

I'd thoroughly recommend this course. I learned a new skill and had a great time too. Colin is very knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for his craft really makes it a greater to and more indepth learning experience. Thank you Colin.

Thank you for your review Sarah, hopefully we will see you again soon.