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CRITTER is holding a kimchi contest next Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 5 pm at the Studio for Urban Projects in San Francisco, 3579 17th Street (between Dolores and Guerrero). In addition to eternal glory, the makers of the best three pickles will win cash prizes. There’s still time to make a quick batch. See the details on the CRITTER blog or RSVP at or 415.674.2861.

Even if you don’t enter the contest, you should come to flex your tastebuds and help judge. Now, the question is, should I enter with my long-running batch that’s been fermenting since January (in the picture) or make up a fresh one?

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I’m joining other picklers, urban farmers, and foodies on April 3 in Oakland, California, for some fun at Ferment Change. Folks are bringing fermented food and drink, potluck style, and there will be music by Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment, a Balkan-klezmer-jazz band. Watch the video or read this review in the East Bay Express.

The show costs $10-30 and supports City Slicker Farms, an awesome group that helps develop gardens in the back yards and empty spaces of West Oakland, a part of the city that gets the short end of the stick when it comes to development, environmental hazards, and access to sources of good nutrition. Read about what they do in this Wall Street Journal article.

I’ll be bringing homemade natto. For more on that look at my article on making natto [update: now requires a subscription] in the magazine Craft.

If you want to bring something to the potluck, you can and you should! Find the info at the Ferment Change blog.

The details:

What: Ferment Change: A celebration of Urban Agriculture, Food Justice, Fermented Food, and Community. To benefit City Slicker Farms in West Oakland, California.
When: Friday April 3, 2009
Where: Humanist Hall, 390 27th st, Oakland, CA 94612 map
Time: 7:30-10:30pm
Cost: $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds

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