I first tried Vox Kombucha at Feast of Fields, an annual fundraiser for Carefor’s health and community services. A celebration of fall, local chefs worked with organic and sustainable food producers to each create a signature dish for event-goers. Hand crafted cocktails, local wine and craft beer were also on tap. It was in this delicious setting that I tried Vox—and fell in love.
Based in Wakefield, Eva Vanderberg and Ryan Wiles are the duo behind Vox Kombucha. They met through Wakefield’s music scene and hit it off. Eva has been brewing kombucha for more than a decade “but never thought to share it with the world until Ryan suggested that we start this business together, a few years ago. I resisted at first, knowing that starting a small business comes with many challenges, but he wore me down and I’m so glad that he did! Vox Kombucha has been an incredibly fulfilling project, especially as it’s gained momentum this year. I’m more of a maker than a seller, so we’ve focused on consistently creating high quality, innovative kombucha that speaks for itself, growing our business organically and gradually. And people have been noticing Vox as something special.”
We at Vox are big foodies, and love to showcase the beautiful flavours of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and aromatics through the medium of kombucha.—Eva Vanderberg
Described by Eva as “a fizzy fermented tea,” kombucha is “the perfect combination of lightly sweet, a little tart, extremely refreshing, delicious, and deeply nourishing.” She went on to explain that much like craft beer, there are many ways to brew kombucha and the final products changes from one producer to the next. “We at Vox are big foodies, and love to showcase the beautiful flavours of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and aromatics through the medium of kombucha. My ideal foods are those that are both healthy for our bodies and exquisite from a culinary perspective, and that’s the standard that I go for when creating kombucha.”
In addition to kombucha, they recently expanded to fermented vegetables: due to limited supply, they were only available at the Wakefield Market. Down the road, the plan is to increase production. Fermented vegetables seems like a natural pairing to kombucha, and in fact, Eva has been fermenting vegetables “for as long as I’ve been brewing kombucha, and in fact managed the Juniper Farm sauerkraut operation for years. Fermented vegetables are another food that, when done well, can hit that ideal combination of delicious and nutritious.”
I have a lot of farmer friends growing beautiful things, I can’t think of a better source for ingredients!—Eva Vanderberg
If you follow Vox on Instagram @voxkombucha, you’ll see frequent trips to local farms to pick up supplies. While the two main ingredients in kombucha (tea and sugar) aren’t local, they go to right to farmers for as many other ingredients as possible. According to Eva, “staying local makes so much sense to me for a bunch of reasons: it’s way lower impact than importing foods, it supports the local economy and ecology, it allows for human connection between me and the grower, I can see the lifespan of the food from seed to final product, there are incredible flavours that come from this region… the list goes on. I have a lot of farmer friends growing beautiful things, I can’t think of a better source for ingredients!”
When asked if there is anything else we should know, Eva said that “Ryan and I are active musicians, gigging regularly, so when you buy Vox Kombucha, you’re supporting the arts. Vox is Latin for ‘voice’, a nod to the fact that we both sing. Also, two of our kombucha flavours are named after my daughters!”
So the next time you raise of glass of Vox Kombucha, take pride in knowing you’re supporting local arts and producers. Cheers!
Vox Kombucha can be found seasonally at the Wakefield Market and Lansdowne Market. Year round, you can find them at groceries stores in Wakefield, Chelsea, and Gatineau, Quebec, as well as in Ottawa, Ontario. Check out the full list of locations online (they just expanded to Quitters Coffee and will be at the Landsdowne Christmas markets every Saturday and Sunday in December). You can also order a 12 bottle “Vox box” online, with free local delivery.