If the mere mention of chanterelles and morels gets you salivating, consider a trip to a mushroom festival this fall.
Mendocino County, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, hosts a Mushroom Festival, Nov. 7-16, with hunts for chanterelles, porcinis, morels, and rarer varieties such as the candy cap and hedgehog mushroom. Mushroom-themed dinners are offered throughout the area, along with mushroom cooking classes and a seminar on the healing power of mushrooms.
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardenhosts mushroom walks on Mondays between Nov. 17 and Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m., and mushroom identification workshops, Nov. 22 and 29 and Dec. 20, . Other events include a Mushroom Exhibit at the Ford House Museum in Mendocino Village and a mushroom train ride, Nov. 15, departing Fort Bragg or Willits Depot, on the Skunk Train.
On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the Aerie Resort hosts a half-day Great Fall Mushroom Hunt each Saturday in October. The cost is about $125 ($130 Canadian) and includes transportation from the resort to forested hunting areas and a three-course lunch.
Also on Vancouver Island’s west coast, the annual Bamfield Mushroom Festivaltakes place Oct. 18 in Bamfield with events including a mushroom hunt, mushroom derby, dinner, and dance.