Yachats Village Mushroom Fest

Friday, October 17 – Sunday, October 19

The Yachats Village Mushroom Fest is one of the best weekend long festivals in all of Oregon. This tiny coastal village nestled between lush temperate rainforest and the wild Pacific surf provides ideal habitat for mushrooms and mushroom lovers. Experts and enthusiasts from all around the state meet to have a great time and deepen their understanding of mushrooms, the role of fungi in forest ecology, how to grow culinary mushrooms, and how to use mushrooms in the culinary and textile arts.

All Weekend Long

Fungi Exhibits

Jessie Uehling, 2010 Scholarship Recipient

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

New Location: Yachats Lions Hall, W 4th St. and Pontiac (behind Yachats Commons on 4th St.) [#19].

Free Admission

10060778915_a9acf4152c_kNative Forest Fungi Displays and Educational Exhibits Provided and staffed by the Lincoln County Mycological Society, Cascade Mycological Society, and North American Truffling Society. Displays and exhibits will include fresh examples of both edible and toxic wild mushrooms, posters, books and other materials presenting current research on the ecology of wild mushrooms, and an opportunity to ask questions and chat about fungi with people who know and love them!

Guided Mushroom Walks

Guided Walks Schedule

  • Saturday: Walks are scheduled every half hour from 10:00 am to 3 pm.
  • Sunday: Walks are scheduled every half hour from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Chris Leading Mushroom Walk

Register Online

19 guided mushroom walks of various levels (A-D) are offered on easy trails in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Maximum of 12 people on each walk. All walks are free, but pre-registration is required. Select a walk # from the walks schedule above and register online (Brown Paper Tickets). Maximum 12 people p/walk. On Oct 18-19, walks registration for any final spaces will continue at the Yachats Commons.

NOTE: The trailhead location just south of town will be provided to you after you register. Walks DO NOT begin from the Visitor Center at Cape Perpetua this year.

Please Note: ALL Mushroom Walks are instructional. Foraging is not permitted on these walks. Well-behaved leashed dogs are permitted on the guided walks although not encouraged.

THANK YOU Mushroom Walk Leaders: Dr. Susie Dunham, Joyce Eberhart, Dr. Dan Luoma, Chris Melotti, David Pilz, Joe Spivack, Dr. Matt Trappe, Bruce Waugh, Molly Widmer, Meredith Allen, Matthew Johnson, Anna Moore (CMS), Susie Holmes (CMS/LCC), Pavel Gubanikhin (CMS) and Heather Sielicki (CMS).

Ongoing Fungi Slideshow at Cape Perpetua VC

truffle hunt by smSaturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cape Perpetua Visitors Center, In the Theater. Free Admission. 20-minute slideshow on a loop with over 300 fabulous fungi images by Dr. Matt Trappe. Each slide includes the mushroom’s scientific name and common name (if it has one).

NOTE: There is limited parking at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center located about 3 miles S of downtown Yachats (east side of Hwy 101). The Parking Fee is $5 (or) display your Oregon Coast Passport or Siuslaw National Forest Passport. The parking lot has self-serve day use payment stations. Passports may be purchased inside the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.

shideshow6Forest Trail Walks in the Village

7 walks (Levels A, B) are offered on an in-town forest trail; trail includes moderate climb and descent with rustic steps/stairs, as well as flat level areas. Maximum of 12 people on each walk. NOTE: 15 minutes before your walk time, meet your Walk Leader at the Flagpole of the Yachats Commons. Your walk group will car pool to the trailhead from here.

Delectable Dishes In Yachats Restaurants All Weekend

pickled-mushroomWhile nature provides the perfect habitat, the village provides the talented chefs. The festival features wild forest mushroom cuisine and culinary markets, along with wine and beer tasting, live music and other entertainment.

  • Bread and Roses Bakery [Map #18]
  • Drift Inn Historic Cafe and Pub [Map #25]
  • Green Salmon Coffee House [Map #24] (2014 menu)
  • Heidi’s Homemade Food & Italian Specialties [Map #28] (2014 Menu)
  • Luna Sea Fish House [Map #26]
  • Ona Restaurant [Map #27]
  • OuttaGas Pizza [Map #5]
  • The Village Bean Cafe [Map #20] (2014 Menu)
  • The Wine Place – Appetizers & Wine Tasting [Map #18] (2014 Menu)
  • Yachats Farm Store [Map #17] (2014 Menu)
  • Yachats Underground Pub & Grub [Map #27]

[Dining Guide] (PDF)
Shopping/Dining Brochure – Z Fold
Culinary Mushroom Markets

In the Village Shops…

all_that_the_rainBOOKs

Mari’s Books and…, Hwy 101 & W 3rd, [#21]. 541-547-3022. Stop here for your copy of David Arora’s “All That The Rain Promises” and more.

Green Salmon Coffee House, 220 Hwy 101, [#24]. 541-547-3077. New and old books on mushroom lore & hunting and medicinal mushrooms.

Ya-Hots Video Country Store, Hwy 101 & E 3rd [#23]. 541-547-4117. Mushroom books on harvesting, identification and cookbooks.

Arts & Crafts

pendantAntique Virgin, Hwy 101 & E 3rd [#23] 541-547-2757. Glass Mushroom Pendants.

Touchstone Gallery, 2118 N Coast Hwy, [#1]. 541-547-4121. Intriguing pieces by selected artists. FMI Email Jacquee.

Turtle Island Candles & Gifts, 153 Hwy 101, [#26]. Artisan mushroom candles made on site.

Village Gift Gallery, 1881 Hwy 101 (Fireside Motel Lobby Shop), [#4]. Colorful, whimsical, artsy ceramic mushrooms.

Wave Gallery, 2118 N Coast Hwy, [#1]. 541-547-4405. Beautiful images of Pacific NW mushrooms by photographer Bob Keller.

Ya-Hots Video Country Store, Hwy 101 & E 3rd [#23]. 541-547-4117. Mushroom theme beads and greeting cards.

Specialty Goods

greenGreen Salmon Coffee House, 220 Hwy 101, [#24]. 541-547-3077. A mini-market, including packaged specialty Mushroom Cocoa and Tea Latte drink mixes, Green Salmon Mushroom festival T-shirts and mugs, packaged Candycap Gingersnaps and Cordyceps Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, powdered and dried medicinal mushrooms and more!

Judith’s Kitchen Tools, Hwy 101 & W 3rd, [#21]. 541-547-3020. Great tools for the chef! Mushroom brushes, mushroom keeper bags, and mushroom slicers (German made), even a truffle/chocolate shaver (Italian made).

The Drift Inn Lobby Shop, 124 Hwy 101, [#25]. 541-547-4477. Special items for fun-guys and fun-gals. Open 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Yachats Mercantile, 130 Hwy 101, [#25]. 541-547-3060. Mushroom Fest aprons and kitchen towels.

Ya-Hots Video Country Store, Hwy 101 & E 3rd [#23]. 541-547-4117. Mushroom gathering tools, including Burgon & Ball (Sheffield steel) mushroom knives.

Culinary Mushrooms Markets
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (+)
  • Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (+)

Heather Sielicki's Little PeopleC & K Market Outdoor Tent, Hwy 101 & W 2nd [#21]. In the parking lot of C & K Market, find a tent filled with a delicious mix of cultivated culinary mushrooms! Store open ’til 10 pm. 541-547-4561.

The Mushroom People Outdoor Booth, Yachats Commons front lawn. Hwy 101 & W 4th St [#15]. Choice edible wild harvested Oregon mushrooms, fresh and dried.

Rainforest Mushrooms Outdoor Tent at Yachats Video Country Store, Hwy 101 & E 3rd St. [#23]. Rainforest Mushrooms is certified organic and produces exotic mushrooms, including shiitake, maitaki, lions mane, oyster, yellow oyster and pink oyster, and also offers mushroom kits. They have been growing mushrooms for 30 years and have a new farm in Yachats.

yahotsYa-Hots Video Country Store Indoors & Out, Hwy 101 & E 3rd [#23].
High quality certified organic and wild harvested fresh and dried Oregon mushrooms, including candy caps, porcini, lobster, chanterelle, chicken of the woods, maitake, matsutake, shiitake, wood ear (tree ear), hedgehogs, and others. You’ll also find Oregon truffle powder, dried Black Trumpet and dried Yellowfoot, vegan and vegetarian terrine/pates in both earthy mushroom (vegan) and mushroom & artichoke mousse, along with the truffle mousse (meat based) that we carry throughout the fall. We also carry a mushroom cheese (baby bella jack) from Sierra Nevada Cheese Co in N Calif.

Friday, October 17

Funguys Welcome Bash & Costume Party

Welcome fun-guys and fun-gals! This opening bash welcomes the festival’s phenomenal education team and festival guests. The evening includes gypsy jazz performed by Shawne Melvin and Whale, scrumptious desserts prepared by talented local chefs, an uplifting dvd by a mycologist at large, and an opportunity to have fun with other fungophiles.

Janet and GriffinPut on your fun-guy/fun-gal hats! Prizes will be awarded for the best fungus amongus costume as well as for the most magnificent mushroom hat.

There will also be no host beer and wine bars. If you arrive in need of supper, delicious mushroom appetizers and mushroom soup with bread will be available for purchase, catered by The Drift Inn.

Tickets are $10 and available online at Brown Paper Tickets.  Some tickets will be available at the door.

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Yachats Commons Auditorium
Hwy 101 & W 4th St. [#15]
Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 18

Ecology For Everyone

Scientific Presentations and Workshops for the General Public

We are honored to have a phenomenal team of educators join this festival annually to give informative talks, lead mushroom walks, and provide exhibits and workshops. Explore the small links below for our festival schedule and more information.

Speakers’ Forum

Yachats Commons, MP Room, Hwy 101 & W 4th St. [#15]
Open to all with $5 Festival Wristband

There is no pre-registration for the Speakers’ Forum. There will be ample seating.

Festival Wristbands

Your purchase of a $5 Festival Wristband allows you admission to all of the talks in the Speakers Forum and helps us meet annual production costs and sustain the festival. Festival wristbands will be available beginning Oct 1 at the Yachats Visitors Center, 241 Hwy 101 (10 am-4 pm), and during festival weekend at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy 101, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

IMG_6222Saturday 9:30 a.m. Discovering Mushroom Lifestyles
Dr. Nancy Weber, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems & Society, OSU, Corvallis
What do mushrooms look like? How many kinds of mushrooms occur in Oregon? How does one go about hunting for them? Selected relatively common mushrooms will be the focus of the talk as we consider when, where, and how long they fruit and some of the challenges of telling different ones apart. Yachats Commons, MP Room

Saturday, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Dyeing Fiber with Mushrooms
Presented by Marika Banyacski, Eugene Textile Artist
Yachats Commons, Rm 5, Hwy 101 & W 4th St [#15]. $65, Register/pay at Brown Paper Tickets / Or register by Email and mail your payment by check before Oct 13 (see below FMI)*.  Arrive 15 minutes early for check-in for this workshop. Check-in is at desk, main entry hall of the Yachats Commons.

ScarvesThis is a quick beginner’s class on the art of dyeing fiber with mushrooms. Learn how to prepare fibers in the most environmentally responsible way for mushroom dyes, how to brew up a dye pot, some common mushrooms that give good dye results, and some resources for more in depth mushroom dyeing information. Each participant will have a chance to mushroom dye a chiffon silk scarf. Simple Shibori dye techniques will also be shown. As well, each participant will get a yarn sample from the days dye pots to start their own color sample card. Participants should wear clothes that could potentially get stained. This class is limited to 18 people. A minimum of 10 pre-registered students is required for this workshop to run.

NOTE: Enter the workshop from the single outside door at the center front of the Yachats Commons building so as not to disturb the Speakers’ Forum in the main auditorium. Signs will be posted. After the class, visit Marika’s booth with mushroom and plant dyed scarves, yarns and handmade items – Marika will be here all day Saturday in the Yachats Commons main entry hall.

*Advance payments for this workshop will be accepted until Oct. 16. Make checks payable to “Yachats Area C of C.” (Write “Marika’s Workshop” in the memo line.) Send to Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce, POB 728, Yachats, OR 97498. If mailing, it must be postmarked by Oct 13.

A and FSunday 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Mushrooms for Kids, Presented by Pavel Gubanikhin, CMS
Yachats Commons Picnic Shelter, behind the Yachats Commons.[#15]  No pre-registration. Just arrive!  Beginning mycology course for children. Learn how fungi is used in our daily lives, discover the structure of different types of mushrooms, and hear some fungal history and folklore. Suitable for children in the age range 6-12 years but fun for all ages.

Saturday 10:45 a.m. How to Use a Mushroom Field Guide
Dr. Steven Carpenter This presentation is for people who are new to or frustrated with using keys. We will concentrate on keys used in popular field guides, emphasizing dichotomous keys, and I’ll give you some practical tips. Bring questions and we’ll work through them. Yachats Commons, MP Room

Saturday 12:30 p.m. Oregon Is Truffle Country
Dr. Charles LeFevre, Oregon Truffle Festival and New World Truffieres. An introduction to Oregon’s native culinary truffles, the successful cultivation of French truffles throughout the world, and Oregon’s central role in the emerging American truffle industry. Yachats Commons, MP Room

Saturday 12:00 Noon. – 2:00 p.m. , Felting Wool Into Mushroom Shapes Presented by Lorraine Karassik, Yachats Textile Artist 
feltingYachats Commons, Picnic Shelter.[#15]
$65, Register/pay at Brown Paper Tickets / Or register by Email and mail your payment by check before Oct 13 (see below FMI)*. Arrive 15 minutes early for check-in for this workshop. Check-in is at desk, main entry hall of the Yachats Commons.  This is an introduction to the art of felting. Learn how to use two techniques to create fun felted fungi, from whimsical to realistic. Each participant will have the opportunity to create two mushrooms to take home. As well, participants will take home a pair of felting needles to use for creating future felted fungi. This class is limited to 12 people. A minimum of 8 pre-registered students is required for this workshop to run.

*Advance payments by check for this workshop will be accepted until Oct. 16. Make checks payable to “Yachats Area C of C.” (Write “Lorraine’s Workshop” in the memo line.) Send to Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce, POB 728, Yachats, OR 97498. If mailing, it must be postmarked by Oct 13.

Saturday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Arrive 15 minutes early.) Cooking with Mushrooms, Making the Most of Your Bounty Presented by Pam McElroy & Anna Russo, Lincoln Co Mycological Society
Yachats Commons, Rm 5, W 4th & Hwy 101. [#15] No pre-registration; seating is first come, first serve. $3 Materials Fee collected after all are seated. Please bring $1 bills.  This workshop will focus on cooking with main choice edibles and guide you through delicious pairings. It will include information on individual wild mushrooms and the culinary companions to bring out the best in each species. Preservation will also be addressed.

NOTE: Enter the workshop from the single outside door at the center front of the Yachats Commons building so as not to disturb the Speakers’ Forum in the main auditorium. Signs will be posted.

pilzmycophagySaturday 1:45 p.m. Tips for Novices Who Want to Become Old Bold Mushroom Hunters
David Pilz, PilzWald (Forestry Applications of Mycology) Some say that there are old mushroom hunters and bold mushroom hunters, but no old, bold mushroom hunters. Bull. You can be both with good knowledge. Be the judge and hear what I have to say. Discussion encouraged. Lots of pretty slides too! Yachats Commons, MP Room

Saturday 3:00 p.m. Lichens: Fungi in Disguise
Dr. Matt Trappe, OSU College of Forestry with NW Advanced Renewables Alliance It’s amazing how surrounded we are by lichens; they are so common we hardly notice them. This presentation, including photos, covers lichen basics and introduces the most common species that folks probably see every day. Yachats Commons, MP Room

Saturday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Arrive 15 minutes early.)  Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms Dr. Steven Carpenter and Kim Kittredge
3:00 p.m. Lecture/Slideshow
4:00 p.m. Workshop
Oyster mushrooms on a white backgroundYachats Commons Picnic Shelter, behind the Yachats Commons.[#15]
No pre-registration. $5 Materials Fee payable on site. Please bring exact change. One bag limit per participant.

Dr. Steven Carpenter is back this year, joined by Kim Kittredge, to show you how to grow your own oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.). You will be amazed how easy it is to grow gourmet mushrooms, and how much fun it is to do! You will attend a lecture/slideshow followed by a workshop where you make your own bag of pasteurized straw and inoculate it with the mushroom spawn provided. In a few short weeks it will sprout delicious oyster mushrooms! Each bag should produce enough for several meals. The 4 p.m. workshop is open only to those also attending the 3 p.m. lecture / slideshow.

Sunday, October 19

ECOLOGY FOR EVERYONE

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Matsutake Mushrooms and Other Forest Delights
Dr. Dan Luoma, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems & Society, OSU
The talk starts with the general ecology of forest mushrooms and moves into a focus on matsutake. It will include information from our previous research on wild mushroom harvest issues and a look at our just-finished study about forest thinning effects on matsutake. Yachats Commons, MP Room

Sunday 11:15 a.m. Discovering Mushroom Lifestyles
Dr. Nancy Weber, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems & Society, OSU, Corvallis
What do mushrooms look like? How many kinds of mushrooms occur in Oregon? How does one go about hunting for them? Selected relatively common mushrooms will be the focus of the talk as we consider when, where, and how long they fruit and some of the challenges of telling different ones apart. Yachats Commons, MP Room

CMS Foray 2009Sunday 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Mushrooms for Kids, Presented by Pavel Gubanikhin, CMS
Yachats Commons Picnic Shelter, behind the Yachats Commons.[#15]  No pre-registration. Just arrive!  Beginning mycology course for children. Learn how fungi is used in our daily lives, discover the structure of different types of mushrooms, and hear some fungal history and folklore. Suitable for children in the age range 6-12 years but fun for all ages.

Harvest Farmers’ Market

Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 & W 4th [#15]. Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Weather Permitting – Outdoor market with fresh local produce, fresh and dried native forest fungi, and local arts and crafts. This is the last Yachats Farmers’ Market weekend of the season.