Whether you simply have a passing interest in mushrooms or are a serious forager of the wild varieties, fall offers several options to gather with fellow mushroom folk and celebrate these fabulous fungi at a mushroom festival.
Classes, workshops, cooking demos, and mushroom hunting expeditions are usually part of the ongoing festival so depending on what day you arrive and what it is you hope to accomplish, mushroom fans will find something to keep them amused. Learning about wild mushrooms can be quite a serious endeavor and rightly so, as every year uneducated mushroom hunters choose the wrong ones to ingest and can become quite sick or even poisoned to death. This is why you want to hunt with a certified mushroom forager and if you’re looking for one, these are the places where you’ll find the most accomplished.
If you’re just interested in seeing what a mushroom festival is all about, you’ll be welcomed to wander and browse the various vendor booths and stalls. If nothing else, you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for these incredible and exotic gifts of nature.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival - Eugene, OR - Oct 30 to Oct 30, 2016
Wild Mushroom Cook off - Lincoln City, OR - Nov 12 to Nov 12, 2016
Kennett Square Mushroom Festival - Kennett Square, PA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
31st annual event in the Mushroom Capital of the World. Held on the weekend after Labor Day. Attendance is estimated at up to 100,000 guests.
Texas Mushroom Festival - Madisonville, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
A day of all things mushroom in the Mushroom Capital of the World.
Yachats Village Mushroom Fest - Yachats, OR - Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2017
Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival - Mendocino County, CA - Nov 3 to Nov 12, 2017
Events take place throughout Mendocino County, which is home to more than 3,000 mushroom varieties.