Sponfest is a week-long celebration and showcase of the very best in wild and traditionally fermented food and drink from the UK and beyond, taking place across four venues in London – The King’s Arms, The Axe, The Mermaid and TT Liquor from April 16th – 22nd.
Spontaneous fermentation. As nature intended. Products born from the yeast and bacteria present in the air. Humans have employed Mother Nature’s service of spontaneous fermentation throughout the millennia, and Sponfest is a celebration of this less controlled – but often more rewarding – process, that turns the simplest of things into something undeniably special.
During the seven days of Sponfest you can expect some of the world’s most innovative and traditional beers, from the likes of Belgian traditionalists Cantillon, through to modern innovators like Beavertown’s Tempus Project. Exclusive dishes utilising fermented foods from exciting London restaurants such as Som Saa & Primeur, paired with rare barrel-aged beers from Wild Beer Co and The Kernel.
Enjoy an afternoon at our ‘farmers’ market offering up some of the best cheeses, sourdoughs and kefir from local producers, or an introduction to natural wine with one of Norway’s most renowned black metal musicians alongside much, much more.
• APRIL 16TH • Sponfest opening party feat. Cantillon @ The King’s Arms • APRIL 17TH • An introduction to natural wine w/ Kristian ‘Gaahl’ Espedal @ TT Liquor • APRIL 18TH • Beer dinner w/ Wild Beer Co, Som Saa + Shep’s @ The Axe • APRIL 20TH • An evening with The Kernel + Jack Sorrell of Primeur @ The Mermaid • APRIL 21ST • Fermented farmers market featuring Dusty Knuckle, Cobble Lane, Eaten Alive, Provisions and Ferment Revolution. Followed by a showcase of the best of British wild fermentation, including Beavertown, Burning Sky, & Oliver’s Cider @ The Axe • APRIL 22ND •Closing party