Food, Fun, Discovery, and More
The Mount Pisgah Arboretum (MPA) Mushroom Festival is the largest Educational event of the year for the Cascade Mycological Society. We have been involved since its inception and are integral to its success. CMS sponsors:
- The Mushroom Display – Definitely the “Star of the Show”. Thanks to our abundant forests, dedicated CMS volunteers, LCC and UofO Biology students & faculty, and CMS sponsored Expert Mycologists the Mushroom Display is known for being the largest on the West Coast. We typically have between 300 and350 identified species on display. Each displayed species includes an informational card that identifies the scientific and common names of the Mushroom, it’s edibility, and it’s features and habitat.
- Edible and Poisonous Mushroom Tent – This display allows you to see and touch many of the local edible mushrooms you will find in our local forest. More importantly, you can see common poisonous mushrooms to avoid. Plus, we display edible mushrooms side-by-side with any of their look-alike mushrooms that you will want to avoid.
- Expert Identification Table – CMS Members and Expert Mycologists sponsored by CMS will be on hand to identify mushrooms you would like to have identified. And, also to answer all of your fungi related questions.
- Culinary Demos – Both CMS and MPA sponsor Jennifer Burns Bright to organize and emcee Culinary Demonstrations featuring delicious Mushroom recipes by local chefs.
- Fun Fungal Facts – Learn everything you wanted to know about Mushrooms, plus more that you never thought about!
- Medicinal Mushroom Display – Learn all about the nutrition, health benefits, and disease-fighting properties of mushrooms.
- Dying with Mushrooms – Learn about the process of how to use mushrooms to dye wool and silk, what mushrooms to use, and what colors can be created.
- CMS Booth – Want to learn more about CMS. Come talk to us at the CMS Booth. You will also be able to become a CMS member and purchase CMS merchandise (Cookbook, Earrings, T-shirts & Hoodies). CMS members always receive a discount on CMS merchandise.
To learn more about all of the activities at this annual Family Friendly Festival. Click on Mushroom Festival from the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Events Page.