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Guide to Celebrating Northwest Mushrooms

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Hunting, picking, and eating mushrooms! A delicious delicacy that grows right here in the Northwest. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate the mushroom!

Guided Mushroom Tours
Terra Fleurs
550 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
206.329.3914
http://www.terra-fleurs.com

Guided Northwest Mushroom Tours are held in the fall and spring for individuals or for groups of up to six. You must be 21 years of age or older and in good condition for hiking, as the terrain is often steep and rugged and often off trail. A typical foray will cover between 4 and 6 miles of hiking. Excursions begin at 8:30am, and you can choose a full day (six hour) adventure that includes lunch, or a half day (three hour) adventure. Foraging areas are within two hours’ drive time from Seattle and are typically in the Snoqualmie Pass or Stevens Pass areas. Once back at Terra Fleurs, you’ll get to identify and sort your collection of mushrooms over a glass of wine, beer or coffee. Register online.

Wild Mushroom Celebration
October and November
Long Beach Peninsula
Seaview, WA 98644
http://www.wildmushroomcelebration.com

The Long Beach Peninsula is home to 18 varieties of edible wild mushrooms. Participating restaurant, inn and bed & breakfast owners offer daily wild mushroom specials. Workshops, field excursions and prix-fixe dinners also available. The Peninsula is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Willapa Bay and the Columbia River. The communities of Ilwaco, Seaview and Long Beach all participate. See the website for details.

Foraged and Found Edibles
866.951.1031
http://www.foragedandfoundedibles.com

In 2001, Chef Jeremy Faber, took his culinary degree to heart and began learning as much as he could about the Northwest’s locally wild food sources, and came to admire and appreciate the mushroom. Soon, Foraged and Found Edibles began providing locally sourced mushrooms to Seattle farmer’s markets and restaurants. Today, you can order his bounty online or shop for the delicious mushrooms at local farmer’s markets. Let Jeremy and his crew do the foraging, and you can enjoy the harvest.

Annual Wild Mushroom Show
Annually in October
Sponsored by The Puget Sound Mycological Society
http://www.psms.org

Bring your family to see the Northwest’s wild mushrooms up close and personal at the annual Wild Mushroom Show in Seattle. Each year, Seattle hosts one of the largest and most complete exhibits of mushrooms in the United States. Over 200 varieties of wild mushrooms will be displayed, identified, and classified as edible, poisonous, or valueless as food. Bring in mushrooms from your garden or walks for our experts to identify. Be sure to collect the entire mushroom, including underground parts. Taste mushrooms in dishes repared by some of Seattle’s finest chefs. Check out all the displays and learn about mushroom field trips. Plus hear from scientists who study mushrooms! Details available online.

Yachats Village Mushroom Fest
Annually, in October
Yachats, OR 97498
http://www.yachats.org

Enjoy a weekend of delectible wild forest mushroom cuisine, expert led mushroom walks, talks and exhibits, culinary classes and fungi arts workshops, culinary mushroom markets, wine tasting, and live entertainment. Guided mushroom walks and exhibits are FREE and open to the public.

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