OUR ANNUAL FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE FERMENTATION!
The 2018 festival will be Saturday, March 24th from 1-6pm at Lakeview Arena.
Tickets sales will start in December. Tickets will be $35 online and $40 at the door.
Please follow the Spring Ferment Facebook page and this page for updates.
Designated Driver admission is $5 at the door and includes a festival glass and two tickets for kombucha. Designated Drivers need not register in advance, and there is no limit on Designated Driver tickets; all are welcome.
The ticket price includes 15 beer / wine / mead / cider / kombucha / cheese servings and a commemorative glass. A score of Michigan breweries, wineries, cideries, meaderies, kombucha makers, and cheese makers will provide their fermented products. Extra tickets can be purchased at the festival. There will be several food vendors on site providing a wide variety of delicious food for purchase. Live music provided by local bands. All proceeds will be donated to local charitable organizations. Tickets are limited to 1000 attendees in an effort to keep the festival intimate and uncrowded.
Here’s the 2017 list of of our beer, cider and mead vendors. We hope to invite all of them back for 2018 and add a few more:
Petoskey Brewing Company
Right Brain Brewing
Upper Hand Brewery
Short’s Brewing Company
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Cognition Brewing Company
Marquette Home Brewers
Threefold Vine Winery
Algomah Acres Meadery
Mackinac Trail Winery
Superior Culture Kombucha
Q: Is parking available at the event?
A: Lakeview Arena has a fairly large public parking lot.
Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Tickets are non-refundable. The festival will occur rain or shine.
Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
A: If you bought an e-ticket online then you do not need to bring a printed ticket to the festival; your name is on the will call list. If you bought a paper ticket in person at a pub or store then you need to bring that ticket for admission. All guests need an official picture ID for admission to the festival, so we can verify your age.
Q: What is considered scalping, and why is it so bad?
A: Selling tickets for more than face value is considered scalping and is against the law. We reserve the right to invalidate any tickets discovered to have been scalped. For this reason and others, we strongly encourage you NOT to buy second-hand tickets for which the seller is asking more than face value.
Q: Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
A: All festival attendees must be 21 or older to enter, even if they are designated drivers and are not drinking. A valid government ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) is required for festival entry, with NO exceptions.
Q: If I enter on a DD ticket and change my mind, can I drink at the festival?
A: No, anyone entering the festival on a Designated Driver ticket will not be served beer, wine, or mead or permitted to drink beer at the event. Any marked Designated Driver found to be drinking beer, wine, or mead will be immediately ejected from the event. If you want to drink any beer, wine, or mead at the festival, you should plan on buying a full-price drinking ticket.
Q: Can I bring my 18-year-old son/daughter with me as a Designated Driver?
A: No, all guests entering the festival must be 21 or older with a valid photo ID, even if they are entering on a non-drinking DD ticket.
Q: Can I bring my baby / young child with me into the event?
A: Children and infants are permitted only if they are carried (a child backpack) for the entire festival, for their own safety and the safety of our guests. No children on foot or in strollers are permitted. Thank you for understanding that these festivals are adult-only events.
Q: Can I leave the festival and come back in later?
A: Yes – guest’s hands will be stamped for re-entry.
Q: Where do I pick up my glass and drink tickets?
A: You can pick up these items upon entering the festival.
Q: Is there food available at the festival?
A: Yes. We have several food vendors with beer-friendly menu items for purchase. There are also tables and chairs set up around the festival site for you to sit down to enjoy your meal.
Q: What items am I allowed to bring into the festival with me?
A: Guests may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages with them into the event provided that nothing is in a glass container. Backpacks, hydration packs, coolers, folding camp chairs, small 10×10 maximum sized tents, picnic blankets and umbrellas are allowed. The following items are not permitted on festival grounds: outside alcohol, glass containers, children not being carried, animals*, bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates/rollerblades, strollers or motorized vehicles.
*With the exception of licensed service dogs as required by the state of Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdcr/FAQs-12-27-16_546656_7.pdf