Fermentation Masterclass with Rachel de Thample

08 Oct 2020, Richmond
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Spend the day at Petersham Nurseries mastering fermentation techniques. Chef and author Rachel de Thample will teach you how to make and manage your own sourdough starter, how to make really amazing sauerkraut and kimchi using seasonal produce, you’ll also learn about fermenting with honey, as well as mastering a variety of fermented drinks such as kombucha and kefir.


A glimpse of the day...

Welcome drinks with a taster of Rachel’s sourdough crumpets and honey fermented jam. A chance to view your copy of the recipe pack of all the things you’ll learn throughout the day.

An introduction and demonstration of how to make your sourdough starter and sourdough crumpets.

You will make your own sourdough starter to take home.

Demonstration on how to ferment with honey.

Lunch from the Petersham kitchen including a selection of fermented goodies to try.

Walk through the Petersham Nurseries Kitchen Garden.

Inspired by tasters from lunch and what’s in the garden, you will learn how to make sauerkraut and kimchi using autumnal produce.

You will make your own seasonal sauerkraut.

Kombucha taster and water kefir demonstration and tasters made using seasonal flavours such as Chamomile and Pear Kombucha and Elderberry Echinacea Kefir. You’ll also learn how to pickle using kombucha and ferment nuts & grains using kefir.

There will be plenty of opportunities during the day and at the end of the masterclass to ask any questions you may have.

Rachel de Thample has worked in the kitchens of Marco Pierre White, Heston Blumenthal and Peter Gordon. She currently teaches fermentation and preserve courses at River Cottage HQ in Devon and is currently writing the River Cottage Fermentation Handbook and the River Cottage Bees & Honey Handbook. She’s has a number of other books under her belt, including Tonics & Teas. She also teaches Wild Food Cookery at Made in Hackney. Her passion lies in local, sustainable food. Before working for River Cottage she was the Head of Food for the pioneering organic box scheme Abel & Cole. She lives in Crystal Palace, London and has helped set up numerous local food initiatives, including the award-winning Crystal Palace Food Market.

NB. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please note parking is restricted in the surrounding area and we encourage our visitors to travel via alternative means of transport whenever possible.
08 Oct 2020, 10:00 – 16:30
Petersham Nurseries

Church Lane

Off Petersham Road



TW10 7AB
Tickets £165