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*Japanese Fermentation and Preservation

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*Japanese Fermentation and Preservation

Time: May 1, 2016 from 1pm to 3:30pm
Location: Strathcona Field House
Street: Strathcona Park, 857 Malkin Ave. (just east of Hawks, near corner of Chess St., outside of the west entrance to Cottonwood Community Garden, near the tennis courts)
City/Town: Vancouver
Phone: RSVP here or to Limit 10 participants, advance registration advised.
Event Neighbourhood and Type: strathcona, field house, workshop, fermenting, japanese preservation techniques
Organized By: VV Neighbourhood Food Networks (Ross Moster), Atsumi Hashimoto and Makiko Suzuki (Tonari Gumi Community Garden), and Yi Stropky (As We Know It)
Latest Activity: May 1, 2016

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Event Description

Part of VV's As We Know It food and culture project.

The Japanese have a long history of using fermented foods as part of their everyday life. In part, Japan has so many fermented type of foods due to the country's temperature and humidity levels that are conducive to the reproduction of bacteria and other microorganisms that stimulate fermentation. This workshop will introduce the Japanese preserving method of Koji: a unique fermentation method that has become a cult favorite for quick pickling or marinades.

During this workshop we will:

1) Taste the differences of salt and umarni flavouring

2) Learn about Koji

3) Explore different ways to use Shio-koji and “3-5-8” Pickling

4) Sample different foods processed using these methods

Workshop Facilitators:

Atsumi Hashimoto – Atsumi is the lead for the Tonari Gumi Community Garden and is a retired lab technologist

Makiko Suzuki – Makiko volunteers at the Tonari Gumi Community Garden and Cougar Annie’s Garden – Boat Basin BC

Today's event includes a short discussion about traditional and contemporary foods with As We Know It artist Yi Stropky.

VV will have a seed library present - you can get some free seeds for your garden or swap or donate some seeds.

Suggested donation: $12 (cost of materials included), cash or cheque. Limit 10 participants. This workshop is now full. Register here or to Advance registration advised.

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