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Stalking Wild Mushrooms on the Coast
Published: 09/18/2018  Updated: 11/06/2018

From Yachats, Oregon to Washington's Long Beach Peninsula, you'll find a variety of mushroom events celebrating autumn's wild edible bounty.

Autumn is a great time to take a walk in the woods and look for edible mushrooms. As the weather turns cooler and rains come to Oregon's Coast, mushrooms start popping up. Under the trees and along the trails you can often find interesting varieties of fungus, some edible. Whether you want to learn about stalking the wild fungus or looking to indulge in some mushroom culinary creations, check out these mushroom events happening this fall.

The Yachats Village Mushroom Festival, October 19-21, is a full weekend of fun fungi activities and is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about mushrooms. Some of the world's leading experts in mycology provide exhibits, present educational talks and guide forest walks. There is also a culinary mushroom market and growing workshops. Restaurants in Yachats participate in a Fungi Feast serving wild mushroom cuisine, while markets and shops offer mushroom tools and culinary mushrooms. Mushroom-inspired art and music can be found at a number of venues throughout the town. For more information go to: 19th Annual Yachats Village Mushroom Fest or call (541) 547-3530.

Lincoln City Culinary Center and the Mycological Society present Mushroom Madness on the Coast, a fun and informative class on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11am-2pm. Learn all the tips and tricks for foraging mushrooms. Bring your questions and your appetite, mushroom hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served after the presentation. To RSVP go to: Lincoln City Culinary Center Mushroom Madness

Oregon State Park Ranger, Dane Osis will be your guide to look for and identify wild mushrooms in Fort Stevens State Park. This ranger-lead one-mile round trip hike starts around 1pm at Battery Russell day use area. Participants should dress for the weather, bring a basket, pocket knife and mushroom identification book if they have them. Mushroom hikes are scheduled through November and are free. For specific dates and more information go to: Fort Stevens Event Calendar or contact the park at ( 503) 861-3170. Fort Stevens State Park also publishes a mushroom guide to the park. It has photos of specific species and rules about foraging inside the park. Access the brochure here at Fort Stevens Guide to Mushrooms.

Visitors to Long Beach, Washington can enjoy the earthly delights of autumn, October 1 through November 15 during the annual Wild Mushroom Celebration. The six-week culinary and cultural spree features mushroom-centric activities throughout the Peninsula. Indulge in edible wild mushrooms with chef chef-inspired menus, lodging packages, foraging hikes and craft classes. Learn more at: Wild Mushroom Celebration

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