11.05.17 // Magical Meads + Ancient Alchemy with Marissa Percoco // 5:30-8:30pm
Delve into the ancient art of mixing honey--the nectar of the flowers of plants gathered by the bees--with local fruit, flowers, roots & herbs to create divine expressions of beverage bliss. This hands-on event will guide participants through the process of harvesting ingredients and preparing them for the mead, discussing basic qualities of flowers, fruits, roots, etc. & how to handle & use them. Then we'll blend these things together with water & honey, feeding the wild yeasts, to create the beginnings of a most delightful beverage! This is a beginner's class, so we will briefly discus ratios of sweetener, the qualities of various sugars, & have an overview of wild, open & cultured fermentation. We'll end with a brief discussion on racking, bottling & storing your brews while sampling a few lovely examples of fermentation and alchemical magic!
$25-50 per person, sliding scale.
Marissa Percoco and her four children have been exploring community for years, traveling the backcountry on a shoe-string, from coast to coast through deserts, mountains, hot springs and oceans. Learning plants, animals, stories, songs and local ways of weaving into harmony with the environment is her family's passion. Fermentation is a special love of Marissa's, and she's been lucky enough to study with several very knowledgeable folks over the years. Wild fermenting and 'liberation from refrigeration' are special areas of obsession, with an addiction to discovering new uses for strange & exotic plants. Marissa is deeply rooted in the Earthskills movement and is now nesting in Barnardsville, NC. To learn more about Marissa and what she's up to, check out her website at www.wilderlandia.org