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20th annual Yachats Village Mushroom Fest

October 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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One event on October 20, 2019 at 9:00 am

Yachats will be putting the fun in fungi this weekend with a three day festival that is all about mushrooms.

Sponsored by the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce, the Yachats Village Mushroom Fest is celebrating its 20th year, inviting mushroom lovers from near and far to come enjoy a weekend fungi feast, to learn how to identify, grow, and cook choice edibles, and to understand more about the roles of fungi in forest ecology.

The weekend brings an impressive array of fun and serious learning opportunities under the umbrella, ‘Ecology for Everyone,’ a title coined by the founder of the festival’s education program, Marla Gillham. We are honored to host a phenomenal team of educators who join this festival annually to provide a Speakers Forum, Culinary and Growing Workshops, Demonstrations, Displays and Slideshows, and 20+ guided mushroom walks.

Admission to the displays and walks are free, but the walks require pre-registration. A $5 Festival Wristband, available on site, provides access to the Speakers forum and workshops and the Saturday shuttle service for the guided walks.

On Saturday and Sunday, markets around town will offer wild and exotic cultivated mushrooms (fresh and dried), mushroom tools, specialty products, books signings and books on mushrooms, and local arts and crafts. The Yachats Farmers Market will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 2pm.

Beginning Friday evening, October 18, and continuing through Sunday, chefs at village restaurants will prepare special dishes featuring a variety of choice wild and cultivated mushrooms.

ALL Weekend Fungi Feast

The festival opens Friday night with culinary delights in village restaurants. 
Click on restaurant names for festival weekend menus. 
Bread and Roses Bakery & Café  
The Drift Inn Historic Café & Pub 
 Green Salmon Coffee Company
Luna Sea Fish House
Ona Restaurant & Lounge
Silver Surf Bistro
Village Bean Coffee Shop
Yachats Brewing + Farmstore
Yachats Underground Pub & Grub


Ecology for Everyone – scientific presentations for the general public

Click here for a printable schedule.

Purchase a $5 Festival Wristband to attend the Speakers’ forum and workshops. Wristbands are available on site during festival weekend or at the Yachats Visitors Center up to one week in advance.  Workshop also have small materials fees as posted.

Speakers’ forum and workshops

Saturday, Oct. 19

Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, 360 W 7th St.

10 a.m. Matsutake Mushrooms and Other Forest Delights: Dr. Dan Luoma, OSU Dept. of Forest Ecosystems & Society
This talk starts with the general ecology of forest mushrooms and moves into a focus on matsutake. It will include information from our research on wild mushroom harvest issues and a look at our study about forest thinning effects on matsutake.

11:15 a.m. How to Collect and Identify Wild Mushrooms: Dr. Steven Carpenter of Pacific Analytical Laboratory, Philomath
The Pacific Northwest is a wonderful place to collect and consume wild edible mushrooms, and their collection has become increasingly popular over the years. It is important to know how to identify mushrooms for safe consumption and how to collect them in a way that does not harm their environment. In this presentation you will learn what mushrooms are, where to find them, the best ways to collect them and the
basics in identification.

12:30 p.m. Ecosystems in Flight: Steven Carpenter of Pacific Analytical Laboratory, Philomath, will focus on how fungi, mushrooms and fungus-eating beetles modulate decomposition in forests.

1:45 p.m. How Forest Changes Affect Edible Mushroom Production: David Pilz, PilzWald (Forestry Applications of Mycology), a former Oregon State University and federal mushroom researcher, will address how forests constantly change. Change results from stand aging, natural disturbances, forest management, mushroom harvesting, and broad anthropogenic impacts. All these forces of change can have repercussions for
the occurrence and abundance of forest fungi that people value. Dave will use specific examples to illustrate how and why several types of forest changes can influence forest fungi. The presentation will end with speculation and discussion about how global warming will likely impact valuable fungi in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

3 p.m. The Inner Beauty of Mold: Dr. Matt Trappe, OSU Dept. of Botany
What are molds doing in your compost, your fridge, your medicine cabinet, and that wall in the closet? 

Sunday, Oct. 20

Little Log Church, W3rd & Pontiac streets

12:15 p.m. Oregon Is Truffle Country: Charles LeFevre of New World Truffieres and the Oregon Truffle Festival will talk about Oregon’s native culinary truffles, the successful cultivation of French truffles throughout the world, and Oregon’s central role in the emerging American truffle industry.

1:30 p.m. Truffle Dog Demonstration: Following his speaker’s forum talk, LeFevre will offer a half-hour truffle dog demonstration beginning about 1:30 p.m. by the picnic area at the east end of the Cape Perpetua Campground. Do not bring dogs to this demonstration.

Workshops and demonstrations

Saturday, Oct. 19

Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, 360 W7th St,

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cooking with Mushrooms, Making the Most of Your Bounty: Pam McElroy & Anna Russo of Lincoln County Mycological Society will focus on cooking with main choice edible wild mushrooms. It will include information on individual wild mushrooms and culinary companions to bring out the best in each species. Preservation methods will also be addressed. $3 Materials Fee collected at door – please bring $1 bills. Arrive 15 minutes early.

3- 5 p.m.  Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms: Dr. Steven Carpenter is back this year, joined by Kim Kittredge, to show you how to grow  oyster  mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) You will be amazed by how easy and how much fun it is to do! You will attend a lecture/slideshow and then move to a the Yachats Commons Picnic Shelter for a workshop where you will make your own bag of pasteurized straw and inoculate it with the mushroom spawn provided. In a few short weeks it will sprout delicious oyster mushrooms! Each bag should produce enough for several meals. $5 Materials Fee payable on site. Please bring exact change. One bag limit per participant.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Little Log Church & Museum, W3rd & Pontiac streets

11 a.m. How to Grow Shiitake on Logs – all the wrong ways: Shiitake are not native to the Pacific Northwest; however, they do offer an ecological twist. These culinary delights contain the nine essential amino acids necessary to make a protein. Come learn how to cultivate
shiitake outdoors and grow your own fungal protein source.

Mushrooms Display & Slideshow, Mini-Workshops, Book Signings

Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Yachats Lions Hall, W4th and Pontiac streets. Free Admission.

Staffed and provided by
♦ Lincoln County Mycological Society
♦ Cascade Mycological Society
♦ North American Truffling Society
♦ Experts who provide identification

• fresh examples of both edible and toxic wild mushrooms
• posters, books and other materials presenting current
research on the ecology of wild mushrooms
• an opportunity to ask questions and chat about fungi with
people who know and love them

Mini-workshops (about 10 minutes long) on a variety of topics, such as
How to do a spore sprint, How to tell the difference between chanterelles
and false chanterelles, How to identify different kinds of boletes, etc.

Mushroom Images Slideshow (also shown at Cape Perpetua Visitors Center)
Over 300 named fungi images by Dr. Matt Trappe

Books Signings with Dr. Steven Carpenter and David Pilz

Dr. Steven Carpenter will introduce the third edition of his field guide, Mushrooms of Mary’s Peak and
vicinity. You may purchase the field guide at the festival for $15 and have it signed by the author.

David Pilz will introduce his novel, The Bog Maiden, “A supernatural romance served with a layered and
aged mushrooms-of-immortality sauce.” You may purchase the novel here for $10 ($13.95 elsewhere) and
have it signed by David.

Guided mushroom walks, beginning through advanced (Free)

NOTE: as of 10/6 all guided walks have filled and we have a long waiting list. Pre-registration for the guided walks was online at Brown Paper Tickets beginning Sept. 18.

Registration will be held on Saturday at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, 10am-4pm.
Sunday, 11am. Meet at the Yachats Lions Hall and carpool to the trailhead. This is a kids friendly, hands-on
guided walk – warmly welcoming ages 3-13. All ages welcome as long as you come ready to play, rain or
shine. This walk will be led by slug-seeker Val Nguyen (Fungi For The People). 

Cape Perpetua BioBlitz

Saturday, Cape Perpetua Visitors Center, FREE.
(3 miles S of downtown Yachats, E side of Hwy 101)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, habitat, selected special plants & fungi.
Presented by Anna Moore, Cascade Mycological Society

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
BioBlitz Guided Walk to record Mushrooms/Fungi
Limited to 12 people. To Register, email capeperpetuacommunications@gmail.com| 541.547.3289
Following Anna Moore’s presentation, join her on a guided walk from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center to
find and record mushrooms/fungi using the iNaturalist app.

Indoor | Outdoor Markets (weather dependent)

featuring fresh and dried, wild and exotic cultivated culinary mushrooms
Yachats Farmers Market – W 4th St
In inclement weather the market will be inside Picnic Shelter behind the Yachats Commons
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mushroom vendors at the Farmers Market:
The Mushroom People
Choice edible wild harvested Oregon mushrooms, fresh & dried
Rain Forest Mushrooms
Local exotic mushroom producer for almost 30 years; certified organic for 20+ years, offering fresh & dried.
C&K Market (Fri./Sat./Sun.) A variety of cultivated culinary mushrooms will be sold inside and outside.
Look for the outdoor tent (unless it’s stormy). Hwy 101 between west 2nd and 3rd streets.

Pick up a Yachats Walking Guide with village shops, galleries, and restaurants at the Yachats Visitors Center.

Please support our Festival Sponsors! Click Here to View.

FMI: Email info@yachats.org | 541-547-3530


October 18, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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