Archive for October 3rd, 2010

It’s that time of year again!  The Yachats Village Mushroom Fest.  OCTOBER 15-17, 2010  – It cost $5 for the weekend.  The meals are extra and keynote speaker cost extra.  I went last year and it was so much fun and very informative.  The speakers and mushroom identification events were superb!  Take a walk on the wild side.  Connect with the fungi!

 Again, I attended last years event and the speakers were very informative.  Yachats is located on the Oregon coast just south of Waldport, Oregon.  A beautiful drive this time of year.  I learned a great deal about fungi found in the Cascadia bioregion.  There are actually hundreds of fungi that are edible and medicinal located in our forests and valleys.  First peoples and settlers used some of the fungi for utility too.  The fungi was used for Bowls, shoe soles, bags etc.  We were taught how to cook and yes…we did eat some of these delectable forest specimens. The fungi are high in protein and other nutrients. The medicinal value are amazing.  The far east has used mushrooms for healing non-stop for thousands of years.

  Every hour a bus would come and pick us up and take us into the forest for a FREE walking lectures.  We learned how to identify the mushrooms and learned about the forest ecosystem that supports and thrives on this important fungi.

Also during the day are many workshops.  Check out the link for a full schedule.  From mushroom identification, to cooking and using mushrooms for fiber dye…check out the schedule.

This year the keynote speaker is DAVID ARORA Acclaimed mushroom expert and author of Mushrooms Demystified  and All That The Rain Promises & More will deliver the festival’s opening night keynote address. Friday, October 15 at 7:00 PM.  Admission $12, $8 students.  He will also be offering a full-day workshop on Sunday as well. 

Get out of your house!  Get away from the computer.  Go to the coast and have a really wonderful time learning about the bounty of the ecosystem we live in.

Here is a link to their website:  The Yachats  Mushroom Fest

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