Agenda & Speakers


Detailed agenda and invited speakers list coming soon

Track Description Topics Covered
Food and Flavor Hear from leading chefs, authors, and food producers on the latest fermentation techniques, flavors, and innovations. Developing New Flavors & Techniques
Trends from Around the World
State of the Art in Fermented Beverages
Business, Legal, and Regulatory Learn how to launch and grow a fermentation business, and navigate the industry's legal and regulatory hurdles. Launching & Growing a Fermentation Business
Consumer Marketing & Branding
Trends in Regulation & Compliance
Science, Health, and Research Discover the science behind fermentation, how to monitor and manage it, and current research into its health benefits. Fermentation Defined
Fermented Foods, Health & Probiotics
Monitoring & Managing Fermented Microbiomes

Why attend

FERMENTATION 2021 is the first event that brings together everyone involved in the world of fermentation -  producers, retailers, chefs, scientists, authors, suppliers, and regulators to share knowledge, experience, and strategies for growth.

Together we will explore the power of fermentation to build flavor, preserve food, and enhance health,  and discuss how we can document and promote these benefits to the public.

  • Get practical tips on how to grow your fermentation business
  • Uncover the trends driving the industry
  • Hear about the state of the art in health and scientific research
  • Network with a diverse group of fermentation experts
  • Find your next supplier, new seller, or business partner
  • Enjoy the endless things to see, do, and experience in Chicago

Who Should Attend

  • Producers of fermented foods, beverages, supplements, and ingredients, and those that use fermentation in their production processes (major product categories listed below)

Alternative Proteins
Hard Cider



We also welcome producers of products that are oxidized (eg, tea) and cured (eg, salumi, jerky).

  • Suppliers, service providers, retailers,  distributors, brokers, and importers of fermented foods, beverages, supplements, and ingredients
  • Chefs and other food service professionals
  • Academics, scientists, and researchers
  • Health and food technology professionals
  • Food/beverage writers, editors, educators, and public relations professionals


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FERMENTATION 2021 will be held at the
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile 

540 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(Driveway Entrance on 541 North Rush Street)

We have negotiated a discounted room rate FERMENTATION 2021 attendees. Rooms are available for stays November 2 -12.

You must book your room by October 31 using the link below to receive the discounted rate.

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Save up to $200 (40%) When you purchase your ticket in advance:

Purchase your ticket by Standard Academic/Health/Non-Profit
August 13, 2021 $295
(Save $200/40%)
(Save $120/40%)
September 10, 2021 $345
(Save $150/30%)
(Save $90/30%)
October 8, 2021 $395
(Save $100/20%)
(Save $60/20%)
November 5, 2021 $445
(Save $50/10%)
(Save $30/10%)
Onsite $495 $295


Your registration gives you access to all tracks and sessions and includes a 1-Year Membership to The Fermentation Association.

Save an additional 10% when you register 2-4 people. Interested in registration for a group of 5 or more? Contact us for information on special discounts.

Refund Policy: Tickets are non-refundable, but you may transfer your ticket to another person. An exception to this policy may be granted if your travel or participation is restricted due to pandemic health regulations issued by federal, state or local authorities.

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