Wild World includes not only an extensive tasting from among the
world’s best winemakers, brewers, and cider- and mead-makers,
but panel and classroom discussions featuring industry guests from the local community and around the world.
In Spring of 2019, Byron Bates, a Texas native, wine importer, and early supporter of natural wine in NYC, partnered with Jeff Stuffings, founder of Austin's Jester King Farmhouse Brewery - known for making astoundingly expressive ales fermented with their local culture of wild yeast and bacteria - to launch WILD WORLD on the sprawling grounds of Jester King's farm. The first-ever festival centered not only on natural wine, but on wild fermented beers, ciders, and even meads, was born.
WILD WORLD showcases all that wild fermentation has to offer within the world of beverages. It's one hell of a good time, and unlike other natural wine and beer festivals, it's also a fact-finding mission that seeks to debunk myths of "natural" fermentation where necessary and break down the barriers that have long divided beverage communities.
The inaugural event brought together over 60 wild-fermenting producers from 5 states in the US, and a host of outstanding producers from Mexico, France, Italy, Spain and Austria. 800 guests from within the beverage industry and among the general public were treated not only to a comprehensive beverage tasting, but to local food, music, fermentation classes, and panel discussions with beverage producers and industry insiders.
For more info on the Austin fair, head on over to our Past Events page.