Mount Pisgah Arboretum, 34901 Frank Parrish Road
Oregon is home to hundreds of species of mushrooms, many of them edible, and recreational mushroom hunting has become incredibly popular, with species such as morels, chanterelles, and the state’s famous truffles taking center stage. So it’s no surprise that mushroom enthusiasts and people hoping to learn more about wild mushrooms flock to Eugene’s beautiful Mount Pisgah Arboretum each October for the Mushroom Festival, sponsored by the Cascade Mycological Society (CMS), Mount Pisgah Arboretum, and Lane Community College.
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A fundraiser for the arboretum, the Mushroom Festival features a bedazzling and voluminous display of wild mushrooms collected for the event by CMS members. Each year, the display totals more than 300 species—and in 2013, 404 species set a festival record, followed by 393 species in 2016, when collectors also managed to add a festival record 69 new species. The event hands out Best of Show awards to collectors of the most impressive individual mushrooms. Experts are on hand throughout the day to discuss everything related to mushrooms and mushroom collecting.
In addition, as live music provides ambiance, attendees (a modest donation is requested as an adult entry fee) can peruse dozens of vendor booths selling a variety of foods, including mushrooms and mushroom products, along with plants, my blogs, crafts, artwork, and functional wares. A variety of nonprofits that support nature education and habitat restoration have educational/ informational booths. Mushroom cuisine Prized morels are among the numerous also takes center stage with culinary edible fungi that inspire the Mushroom
Demonstrations featuring a variety of Festival at Mount Pisgah Arboretum.
Mushrooms species used in creative and delectable dishes. Additionally the Mushroom Festival offers a variety of nature walks, guided by local naturalists, on some of the many trails comprising Mount Pisgah’s impressive trail network. Attendees can also enjoy hayrides, and a kids’ booth features face painting and a variety of nature-oriented crafts. The event also hosts a popular scarecrow contest in which attendees vote for the winners.
Mushroom Festival runs from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine; dogs are not allowed. The festival offers shuttle service to the event and parking for the festival is free (see website for details). Parking at Mount Pisgah trailheads requires a Lane County parking day pass or annual pass for the Howard Buford Recreational Area (which includes the arboretum). The day pass can be purchased at the yellow vending machine next to the Mount Pisgah Summit Trailhead (on the main entrance road, uphill from the parking lots). The fee machine accepts credit and cash.
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