Who is excited for mushroom season this year?! By far the largest request we get by email is from people looking to learn mushrooming via a foray. While I sometimes wish we could quit our day jobs and foray for a living, it’s just not an option… yet 🙂 However, one of the best ways to get out into the woods with folks who can teach you the ropes is to go to a local foray event or to join a mushroom club in your area.
We are about to begin a crazy event season. I wanted to share the schedule so you can join in the fun if you wish…
It’s been raining in CO and I’m so excited to go visit our beloved mushroom spots in the Roaring Fork Valley. We’ll be heading out for the Eagle Mushroom Festival, August 5-7 and then onto the Beyul Mushroom Retreat, August 12-15.
AUG 5-7: It may be a bit late to grab a foray at the Eagle Mushroom Fest in Eagle, CO, but join one of Trent’s classes or come say hello at the vendor tent!
AUG 12-15: The Beyul Mushroom Retreat in Meredith, CO is a new event this year. It’s pricey, so admittedly it’s not for everyone. However, never before have I seen a line-up this special. The man, the myth, the legend, David Arora, will be there, along with my favorite new book author, Christopher Hobbs and Radical Mycology pioneer, Peter McCoy. This is small event in an intimate setting in the mountains between Carbondale and Aspen at a super cool glampy retreat. It’s the inaugural event from our friend, Hamilton of Hamilton’s Mushrooms. He is offering a 10% discount to our followers using code HAMILTONS10. They did just release a very limited number of day passes, get them while you can. We’ll be leading a few forays and whipping up some mushroom preservation demos.
September is mushroom month in Wisco. Now that we live here part time, we are more involved than ever. We’ll be at the following events:
AUG 27, 3-4pm: Gourmet Mushrooms of the Northwoods @ Cable Natural History Museum. Hey locals! Come on over and see what the CNHM is all about – we love our friends at the museum. Fingers crossed for live mushroom specimens!
SEPT 8-11: The Barronett Tri County Foray in Barronett, WI– this is an awesome event put on by Tavis Lynch and crew. Tavis is “THE mushroom guy” here in Wisco – I dare you to stump him with a midwest mushroom question. This event is food and foray centric. We’ll be there doing a food demo and book signing. Tickets prices are increasing on 8/1 – get them today and SAVE.
SEPT 15-18: The WMS/NAMA Northwoods Regional Foray in Cable, WI – Trent and I are helping to organize this one as it’s in our new summer hometown! Unfortunately it is sold out, but you can join the waitlist if you wish.
SEPT 29 – OCT 2: One of my favorite events from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) is in the Missouri Ozarks this year – the NAMA Annual Foray. Please join us at the Trout Lake Lodge in Petosi, MO. This event is foray centric. We have made lifelong friends at this event from all over the US. It’s a wonderful group of people. Trent loved the org so much that he became President of the Board this year. Get your tickets while you still can >
OCT 21-23: Coastal Fungi Symposium, Oysterville, WA. We are heading to the Long Beach Peninsula to nerd out with all the cool kids – microscopy, foraging, cultivation workshops, cooking demonstrations, medicinal mushroom presentations, merch booths and more. Join us!
Many of the Oregon events are still finalizing, we’ll update you as news becomes available.
OCT 15-16: Yachats Mushroom Festival, Yachats OR. If it’s on, we’ll be there!
OCT 30: Mount Pisgah Mushroom Festival, Eugene OR. Always a wonderful event put on by the Arboretum and our friends at the Cascade Mycological Society. Tickets go on sale in mid-September.
NOV 5-6: Wild Rivers Mushroom Festival, Brookings OR. I can’t wait for this event! Trent, Jon Sommer, Langdon Cook and Chef Chad Hyatt will all be doing presentations. Not to be missed! Tickets go on sale in September.