Mushroom Festival

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This event has been called one of the best mushroom shows in the country, and the biggest on the West Coast. Cascade Mycological Society (CMS) co-sponsors this spectacular show and celebration with Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Lane Community College. Lane Community College “Biology of Mushrooms” students collect in day-long foraging expeditions held the weekend prior to the show. Each mushroom collected is carefully sorted, identified and labeled to create amazing displays. CMS volunteers collect, identify and organize more than 350 species of mushrooms in a stunning display of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Bring mushroom specimens to have identified at our “Ask an Expert” booth at the show. Visit our “Edible, Poisonous and Look-Alikes” display to learn about some mushroom species to enjoy and some others to avoid!

Admission is by donation and includes educational activities, amazing food, live music, fresh apple cider pressing, hayrides, a scarecrow contest, and the sale of edible mushrooms and native plants. Visitors also can take guided tours of the Arboretum to learn about the area’s ecology and history.

Free Parking & Shuttle – NO DOGS

Suggested Donation: $8 per person, children under 12 free.

Art

IMG_0961BATitat – Charting Nature – Navillus Press with Bill Sullivan – Sparhawk Farms – Fridays at the Farm – Wear Me Jewels – Wooden Apple Woodturning – Whistle Post Pottery – Wanna Spoon? – Eugene Weaver’s Guild – Earth Dyed

Culinary Demonstrations

11:00am – 11:30am: Three Mushroom Soups Demonstration – Jennifer Burns Bright, Author of the Blog “Culinaria Eugenius

12:00pm – 12:30pm: Wild Mushroom Dumplings Demonstration – Jennifer Burns Bright, Author of the Blog “Culinaria Eugenius

10623519_829443657100421_8095795673519943479_o1:00pm – 2:00pm: Wild Mushroom Camp-Stove Cook-Off – Featuring contestants (1) Sherri Thieben, Owner/operator of Park Street Cafe with has over 20 years of experience in the natural foods business, specializing in ethnic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and free-range meat dishes, (2) Elizabeth Stuart, Local Personal Chef and student enrolled in the mushroom class at LCC, and (3) Georgeann Castor, Self-taught Home Cook and Mushroomery Wildcrafter with lots of experience using and eating Oregon’s fungal bounty. Kimlyn Esser, Eugene Foodies Member, will Emcee this event.

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Mushroom Preservation – Matthew Kilger, Proprietor at Eating Oregon, LLC

4:00pm – 4:30pm: Medicinal Mushrooms: Preparation, Cultivation And Wild Harvesting – Jennifer Olsen, Mushroomery Owner and Wildcrafter

Food

Mushroom RaguBrew Dr. Kombucha – Cafe Mam Coffee – Sweet Cheeks Winery – Hideaway Bakery – Oriental Noodle Village – Viva Vegetarian – Ritta’s Burritos – Holy Cow- Dogs Gone Coastal

Mushrooms

Rob Miller – The Mushroomery – Rainforest Mushrooms

Festival 2009Annual Mushroom Display: Members of the Cascade Mycological Society and LCC put their time and talent into the largest mushroom display on the West Coast. Erin Blanchard is one of the invited mycologists who will be identifying the fungi at this year’s Mushroom Festival.

Music

  • 10:00 am: Madrona
  • 11:00 am: The Rosannas
  • 12:00 pm: My Father’s Ghost
  • BW-Wyoming1:00 pm: Beth Wood
  • 2:00 pm: The Crescendo Show
  • 3:00 pm: Satori Bob
  • 4:00 pm: Mood Area 52

Plants

Pierce Street Gardens – Fox Hollow Nursery – Friends of Buford Park – Doak Creek Natives – Pierce Street Gardens

GuiJoseph with a Porcini mushroom, Glen with a Cauliflower mushroomded Nature Walks

Dan Shultz- 11 am
Daniel Thomas- 12 pm
Bruce Newhouse- 1 pm
David Wagner- 2 pm
Chris Melotti- 3 pm

Non-Profits

Whole Earth Nature School- StoveTeam International- Cascadia Wildlands – Travel Lane County – UO Museum of Nature and Cultural History – NABA – Eugene/Springfield – Natural History Society – Walama Restoration Project – WREN – Northwest Youth Corps …and more!

GETTING THERE

MPA is located at 34901 Frank Parrish Rd, Eugene, OR 97405. We are tucked into the larger Lane County Park called the Howard Buford Recreation Area.

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Free Shuttle

Free shuttle from Civic Stadium every hour on the hour, and back from the Festival on the half hour!

Ride Share

Looking for a Ride Share? Log in to DriveLessConnect.com  Click on “View Events” under the Events tab in the blue toolbar. Select “Add a trip to this event” and complete your trip information and click save.  Your rideshare matches will display on the screen. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Tracy with Point2point at Lane Transit District at 541-682-6183.

By Car or Bike

From Interstate 5, Southbound: Exit the freeway at Exit 189. At the base of the offramp, turn right and head towards 30th Avenue. Make a left turn at the stop light at 30th Ave and cross over the freeway. At the stop sign just past the overpass, turn left. Make a right turn onto Franklin Blvd at the Shell Station and cross under the railroad bridge. Follow Franklin around a curve, then turn left on Seavey Loop Road. Continue forward for about a mile and a half. Cross a short bridge over the river. Follow the right fork of the road into the Arboretum parking lot. (See it on an interactive map.)

From Interstate 5, Northbound: Exit the freeway at Exit 189. At the stop sign at the end of the offramp, go forward. Make a right turn onto Franklin Blvd at the Shell Station and cross under the railroad bridge. Follow Franklin around a curve, then turn left on Seavey Loop Road. Continue forward for about a mile and a half. Cross a short bridge over the river. Follow the right fork of the road into the Arboretum parking lot. (See it on an interactive map.)

From South Eugene:  Take 30th Avenue past Lane Community College.  Cross the freeway overpass and turn left at the blinking stoplight.  Turn right after the Shell Station onto East Franklin Blvd. Follow this road about 1/3 mile.  Take the first left onto Seavey Loop Road.  Continue straight 2 miles to the Arboretum.

From Springfield:  Take Main Street west, crossing the river at Island Park.  Take the first left after the bridge onto Franklin Blvd.  (U-Haul is on the corner.)  Follow Franklin South, turning left at the first light onto East Franklin Blvd.  Continue on East Franklin and turn left just before the Shell Station. Follow this road about 1/3 mile.  Take the first left onto Seavey Loop Road.  Continue straight 2 miles to the Arboretum.

For more information, contact (541) 747-3817 or office@mountpisgaharboretum.org

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact office@mountpisgaharboretum.org or (541) 747-3817 if you would like to help prepare and set up for the event, take a shift at a booth during the festival day, help pack things up after the event is over, or any number of other ways to help out. Volunteers receive free admission to the festival and help to support the efforts of the arboretum!

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