Mushroom Mania across the province
Are you a mushroom lover? The Okanagan Mushroom Festival is coming up and Start Fresh Kitchen is preparing to knock your caps off with another delectable event with Sandhill Wines.
The event will be set up with chef stations manned by some of our Okanagan’s best. There will be a mushroom gelato bar by amazing local gelato makers Victor and Kevin from QB Gelato and talks by a local forager and mushroom farmer. The finale of the day will be the annual long table dinner event featuring six wine-paired courses in Sandhill’s wine cellar.
Also on offer will be a field trip with foraging expert Scott Moran. Scott will be loading up a foraging bus that will head into the woods where he will demonstrate how and what is available to forage from our very own local biosphere at this time of year. You will recognize Scott from the Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market. He is the guy behind the big pile of mushrooms.
The Okanagan Mushroom Festival is on September 28, 2019 and festivities are from 12:00 PM -6:00 PM with the dinner beginning at 6:30 Sandhill Winery, 1125 Richter Street, Kelowna.
Tickets here: https://www.startfreshkitchen.ca/cooking-classes-events/2019/9/28/mushroom-fest-2019
And Kelowna is not the only town celebrating the delicious mushroom, Sicamous is hosting its 14th annual Fungi Festival from September 26-29. Here they offer a range of activities that include identifying and picking wild mushrooms, watching evening presentations, and attending workshops. Music, food and fungi galore await you. More info here:
And now over to Vancouver Island where fungi fanatics will find the motherlode of mushroom foraging. And to aid in your mushroom learnings, you must purchase this cookbook. Literally the B.C. mushroom foraging bible, The Deerholme Mushroom Book, From Foraging to Feasting is a foraging handbook as well as a guidebook on how to cook them with an incredible array of recipes to choose from.
Author Bill Jones is a chef and expert on all things fungi. He lives on Vancouver Island in beautiful Cowichan Bay where his backyard is literally a magical rainforest that bestows on him the most glorious bounty. Buy the book and then plan a trip around attending one of Bill’s incredible dinner parties, cooking classes, or one of these amazing foraging workshops.
Fall 2019 Wild Food Foraging Workshops:
Wild Mushroom Foraging Workshop – Oct. 5th
Wild Mushroom Foraging Weekend – Oct. 12-13th
Wild Mushroom Foraging Weekend II – Oct. 26-27th
Wild Mushroom Foraging Workshop – Nov. 2nd
To sign up for classes, dinners and workshops and to read more about Bill Jones go to: https://www.deerholme.com
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