What: The 14th annual Mushroom Festival will feature guest speakers, guided mushroom walks, collecting seminars, mushroom cooking and tasting, identification classes and more.
When: Oct. 21-23.
Where: Lake Quinault Lodge, 345 South Shore Road, Quinault.
Talk topics: Among the presentations will be “An Ecological Look at Some Northwest Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms” by Steven Trudell; “Identifying PNW Mushrooms” by Tom Keller of the South Sound Mushroom Club; and “Growing Mushrooms at Home” by Loni Ronnebaum from Fungi Perfecti.
Other events: Justin Kronen, executive chef at the lodge, will give a presentation on cooking with mushrooms. There will be a wine-and-cheese social the first evening to kick off the festival. Dan Sassaman of Olympic Wood Sculpting with be doing mushroom carvings.
Cost: For both days, the cost is $75 plus taxes, which includes a wine and cheese social, speakers, field trip and a lunch buffet. Saturday-only will be $50 plus taxes. Lunches for field trips can be purchased for $14 plus taxes.
Elsewhere: The Wild Mushroom Celebration is taking place on the Long Beach Peninsula through Nov. 15. It includeds hikes led by experts and mushroom dishes featured at restaurants in the area. Get details at wildmushroomcelebration.com.
Jeffrey P. Mayor, email@example.com