Upcoming Mushrooms Festivals, Autumn 2018
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Are you a fan of wild mushrooms and travels?

If you are so, go on and take a look at the top 10 upcoming Mushroom Festivals, that will take place in Europe and the USA this autumn.

In Europe

  • Cordova, Spain. August 31st – September 2nd, 2018
  • Every fall, the community of Cordova welcomes fungus-pluckers, lichen-lovers and friends of the forest & sea for the Cordova Fungus Festival. The 12th annual event will take place August 31-September 2, 2018. Hosted at the Cordova Center meeting facility with excursions throughout the surrounding Chugach National Forest, the weekend’s activities explore the natural world in the northernmost coastal temperate rainforest and celebrate the interconnected life-cycle of fungus, salmon and the forest.
    Throughout this three day event, Cordova Fungus Festival attendees will have opportunities to learn more about local mushrooms, participate in art & handcraft workshops, and celebrate mushrooms, salmon and other wild harvested foods in a Wild Harvest Feast. There will be daily guided forays, an identification table, expert key note speakers, a wine & cheese mixer, fungus classes, kids’ activities and more! Bring your baskets, mushroom knives, notepads, cameras and rain gear and join in the fun. The Cordova Fungus Festival is supported by volunteers just like you. Call the (907) 424-7260 to register or volunteer today.
    For more information take a look here.

  • Kalambaka, Thessaly, Greece. 4th Mushroom Festival of Kalambaka. 7, 8 & 9 of September, 2018
  • The Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum organizes every year at the end of the summer the annual Mushroom Festival.
    During the celebration, everybody can enjoy an abundant variety of activities, like concerts, talks and food with mushrooms, traditional dancing and many other activities.
    All activities have no charge.
    More information are available here.

  • France, Provence, St Trinit. Celebration Of Mushrooms. Sunday, 14 of October 2018
  • On Sunday 14 of October 2018, at an altitude of 859 m, the village of St Trinit welcomes all mushroom lovers and fans of traditional feasts focusing on local products.
    A great celebration day which brings people together, promotes understanding of nature and the art of living. Focus is on the mushrooms with the mycology conferences and an artisan market and a market which sells farm products. Musical entertainment will accompany the visitors and the children who can enjoy several games.
    There are multiple food packages: meal made using local products for 18€ subject to reservation on + 33 (0)4 90 75 01 85 or a meal at Bistrot de Pays de St Trinit, on + 33 (0)4 90 64 04 90.
    Free entry. Free parking at the village entrance.
    More details can be found here.

  • Sklithro, Thessaly, Greece. Mushroom Festival in Sklithro, Larissa. Sunday, 14 of October 2018
  • Sklithro is a small and very beautiful village, 60 Kilometers southeast of Larissa. During the Mushroom Festival, the visitors can enjoy a walk in the forest of oaks and beeches and also collect wild mushrooms such as Boletus, Chanterelles, Macrolepiota, Amanita etc. Then, the festivities continue with the identification of the collected mushrooms, cooking of wild mushrooms and of course with mushroom delicacies and local flavors.
    Everybody is welcome!
    A detailed presentation of the Festival can be found here.

    Mushrooms Festival in Sklithro
    Photo (by Anna Gerofoti – Sakarellou): From a Mushroom Festival in Sklithro, Larissa, Greece.

  • Italy, Venue. Carbonara di Po. Wed 31 Oct ’18 – Sun 18 Nov 2018
  • The value of a mushroom Truffle was discovered yet by the Etruscans, and later the ancient Romans actively supported this culinary idea. The name Truffle comes from the Latin word “tuber”. Truffle is extremely valued by gourmets and can reach a value of several thousand euros. The most rare, valuable and expensive truffle is the White truffle (Tartufo Bianco). The season of white truffles is autumn, when professional “truffle hunters” (tartufaio) with their dogs, trained to find truffles, prowl the Italian forests in search of rare mushrooms. In Italy, during the “truffle autumn”, several festivals and fairs take place while many dinners are organized with culinary dishes, with their main ingredient being of course the White truffle. The White truffle festival “Tartufesta” will be held in October-November in the small Italian town of Carbonara di Po, province of Mantua, in the Lombardy region, located about 170 km east of Milan. Tartufesta in Carbonara di Po invites guests to an Italian dinner with delicacies of Lombard cuisine, where all dishes of the menu are “tartufati”, that is, they contain truffles, for example, polenta with truffles, tortelli with truffles, ravioli with truffles and other Italian culinary specialties with white truffles. In addition to the truffle dinner, guests of the festival in Carbonara di Po are invited to visit the Truffle Fair and the Fair of local delicacies of the Lombardy region.
    More information can be found here.

  • Portugal, Fundão, Alcaide. Miscaros -Mushroom Festival 2018. 16-18 of November, 2018
  • Another edition of “Míscaros – Mushroom Festival” will take place in the village of Alcaide in the weekend of November 16 to 18. Over the course of these three days, there will be plenty of street entertainment, guided tours for collecting and tasting mushrooms and workshops where you will learn how to sow and, of course, cook them. Always present will be the surrounding nature of the hillside of Gardunha, which serves as the setting for this festival that celebrates these autumn flavors and aromas.
    Mushrooms will also be the main dish in several restaurants and taverns where you can eat this and other local delicassies.
    More information can be found here and here.

In the USA

  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. September 8, 2018 – September 9, 2018
  • 101 N. Union St. Kennett Square, PA 19348
    Contact: 610-925-3373
    Admission: $3 for all people over 12 years old
    The Annual Mushroom Festival is a celebration of Kennett Square’s #1 Crop — the Mushroom. The Street Fair runs about one mile through town with nearly 250 craft and food vendors. Special events include the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship, the Antique and Classic Car Show and the Amateur Mushroom Cook-Off on Saturday, the Mushroom Run Walk and the Soup and Wine Event on Sunday. Both days guests may visit the Growers’ Exhibit to learn about the mushroom-growing process and the Culinary Tent where celebrity, regional and local chefs give cooking demonstrations. Other events both days include the Painted Mushroom Silent Auction, the Cute-As-A-Button Baby Photo Contest, Children’s Entertainment, the Old Fashioned Carnival, and Live Music on the Community Stage. Visitors can also purchase fresh mushrooms direct from our local farms to bring home. At the Mushroom Festival there are Mushrooms galore and a whole lot more!
    Hours: Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
    The Mission of The Mushroom Festival is to promote the mushroom, educate consumers about the health benefits of mushrooms and to promote tourism in Southern Chester County, all while financially supporting local and regional charities through a grant process.
    For more information take a look here.

  • Georgia Mushroom Festival. September 29, 2018
  • CAVE SPRING, GA
    ROLATER PARK
    In the little town of Cave Spring in the Rolater Park on September 29th mushrooms ID hikes, cooking competitions and many other entertaining activities will take place, along with educational presentations on different subjects within the growing field of mycology.
    Introductions by Dr. CORNELIA CHO, President & SAM LANDES, Treasurer
    of the Mushroom Club of Georgia
    Speakers:
    TRADD COTTER / Mycotopia / Hike Leader & keynote speaker
    CHRISTIAN KILLBREW-MARR / Mycoremediation
    WILLIAM PADILLA-BROWN / “Cordyceps” & Growing Workshop
    BILL SHEEHAN / NAMA MycoFlora Project Leader
    DJANGO GROOTMEYERS / Ohio MycoFlora Project
    JOELS MYERS, Medicinal Reishi Mushrooms
    DAVID TATE / “Mushrooms of the Southeast/Citizen Mycology” & “Psilocybin and Psilocybin Mushrooms”
    JOSHUA ABSHIRE / Growing Workshop
    DARRYL PATTON, The Southern Herbalist: Medicinal Plants & Hike Leader
    JACOB PULK / Mushroom ID Table
    Sarah Prentice / Mushroom ID Table
    Our Mushroom Market Opens at 9 am.
    Also, mushroom growers and gourmet artisans from our region are selling fresh & dried mushrooms, medicinal tinctures, teas and other goodies.
    More information are available here.

  • Fantastic Forage Mushroom Festival, Laconia, New Hampshire. September 29 – 30, 2018
  • Features guided walks, lectures, music, kids activities and exhibits and more!
    Details can be found here.

  • The Texas Mushroom Festival. OCTOBER 13, 2018 RAIN or SHINE
  • In Madisonville, the Texas home of Monterey Mushrooms, Inc., the recognized Mushroom Capital of Texas everybody is invited to join the annual TEXAS MUSHROOM FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 13 2018. Last year’s festival was a truly outstanding event and 2018 will be even better – maybe a little cooler? From humble beginnings in 2002, this festival has grown and evolved. New events have been added each year, and the numbers of attendees have increased to approximately 17,500 in 2017. The arts and crafts event, provided by our partner, M.A.R.I., features jewelry, accessories, decorative items, pottery, clothing, furniture, seasonal art, toys, and many types of food; to name only a few. This year’s festival includes: mushroom cooking demonstrations by professional chefs, wine tasting, a car show, mushroom growing demonstrations, a quilt show, a 5k run/walk, a children’s area, a photography contest, and musical entertainment. Additional events are being finalized for October. We invite you to reserve a booth at this year’s festival. All booths will be outside, and you must provide all booth materials (tables, chairs, canopy, etc.). Please note that there are restrictions listed on the application form. The festival area includes the Courthouse Square, streets surrounding the downtown district, and across the street from the historic Woodbine Hotel. The festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Madisonville is located on I-45, at the intersection of State Highway 21, about half- way between Houston and Dallas.
    A detailed presentation of the Festival can be found here.

So, everybody have fun