2013 Asheville Mushroom Club FungiFest
Saturday, September 7
The North Carolina Arboretum will host the Asheville Mushroom Club’s popular FungiFest, a daylong celebration of fungi, featuring displays, classes and workshops.
At the heart of this year’s event will be a vast display of wild mushrooms in their varied colors and forms. Members of the Asheville Mushroom Club will be on hand to answer questions, and vendors will offer mushroom art, edible mushrooms and grow-your-own kits. For those who want to learn more, there will be mushroom walks led by experts, as well as classes on mushroom identification and cooking with mushrooms.
Founded in 1983, the Asheville Mushroom Club began as a group of four individuals and has since grown to a robust membership of mushroom enthusiasts, from beginning collectors to professional mycologists. The club’s FungiFest is an excellent opportunity to discover the variety of mushrooms found regionally and learn more about the different aspects of fungi identification, folklore, cultivation and culinary preparation.
Several lectures and programs are scheduled throughout the day.
Seating for programs is limited.
Registration is required for each program listed below, including mushroom walks.
Please visit www.ncarboretumregistration.org to sign up for the program(s) of your choice.
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m.||Meet the Mushrooms: A Tour of the Display, led by Dr. Coleman McCleneghan|
|11 a.m. - Noon
||Mushroom Walk: The Do's and Don'ts of Hunting for Mushrooms, led by Dr. Coleman McCleneghan
|11 a.m. - Noon
||"Magical" Mushrooms for Mycroremediation, led by Tradd Cotter
|11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
||Mushrooms: Health Benefits from Fatigue to Cancer, led by Cisse Majebe
|2 - 3 p.m.
||Adventures in the Fungal Ecosystem, led by Todd Elliott
|2 - 3 p.m.||Getting Started: How to Recognize Common Groups of Fungi, led by Dr. Coleman McCleneghan
|3 - 4 p.m.||Mushroom Walk: The Do's and Don'ts of Hunting for Mushrooms, led by Charlotte Caplan
|3:30 - 4:30 p.m.||Cooking with Wild Mushrooms, led by Michael Gentry
|3:30 - 4:30 p.m.||Mushroom Cultivation 101, led by Greg Carter