Growing interest in wild edibles fuels Eagle event
I was a bit chagrinned to learn about a mushroom festival in Eagle that I wasn’t aware of though it is already six years old, but if I had actually thought about it, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Some years ago my husband and I did some hiking in the area and were awestruck by the quantity and variety of mushrooms in the forest. I also have known that a number of area restaurants serve wild mushrooms, and that foraging is not an uncommon pastime. It was only a matter of time before some spread the word about the mycological riches of the area.
For the past five years, Eagle’s small, local mushroom festival has celebrated the exceptional foraging in and around the area. This year, the event has expanded into the Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend and includes finding, identifying, cooking, eating and learning about wild mushrooms and other wild edibles, plus wine and beer pairings and chef dinners with Brush Creek Pavilion and Park in Eagle Ranch. I suppose it could be called Mushrooms and More.
This Labor Day Weekend event is tailored to people like me who love mushrooms and other wild edibles and also love the idea of foraging but don’t know enough to go out without a knowledgeable guide. Nationally renowned experts Larry Evans of Fungal Jungal and wild plant expert Katrina Blair lead groups and impart their knowledge about what’s growing in the wild and is also good to eat. More detailed bios of Evans and Blair and also a festival schedule appear on the festival’s home page; just scroll down.
Tickets (plus $2.74 to $9.79 fee on each ticket)
All events listed below, $160
Single event tickets
•Friday night welcome party at Paradigm’s Restaurant, $25
•Saturday presentations, foraging and identification, $20
•Sunday presentations, foraging and identification, $20
•Saturday mushroom tasting and wine pairing dinner, $75
•Buttons & Bonfire, $30 for five food and beer samples
Full day tickets
•Saturday includes presentations, foraging, identification and dinner event, $85
•Sunday includes presentations, foraging, identification and Buttons & Bonfire, $45
In addition to (relative) proximity to the Front Range, this is the last chance to celebrate mushrooms in 2013. The 32nd annual Telluride Mushroom Festival and the King Boletus Festival in Buena Vista took place earlier this month.