Mendocino County has over 3,000 types of wild mushrooms. Some of the favorites are chanterelles, porcinis, morels, and hedgehogs, and even the extremely rare candy cap mushroom, with its intense maple-syrup flavor, that grows only along the northern coast of California.
The highlight of mushroom season is Mendocino county’s Annual 10 day Wine & Mushroom Festival
. Events take place throughout the county, from the inland valleys to the coast, with over 100 events there is something for everyone.
Wine & Mushroom Fest Passport:
Throughout the Wine & Mushroom Festival, stop in at one of the 31 participating wineries, “America’s Greenest Wine Region”. Get a passport stamped to be entered into a drawing for fabulous Mendocino county prizes. When you collect at least three stamps, you are elegible to be entered in the drawing for fabulous Mendocino county prizes. Participating wineries will be pouring wines and offering mushroom appetizers for your enjoyment.
101 Wine Country Barrel Tasting
from 11 am to 5 pm. Barrel tasting and special events from Hopland to Redwood Valley, all along Highway 101 with 19 participating wineries, with the help of a wine thief and the generosity of the vintners, enjoy barrel tasting, mushroom appetizers and music.
Mushroom foraging and other adventures:
Enjoy the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Mushroom Walks with a staff mycologist on a weekly walk for mushrooms throughout the garden. Mushroom identification, biology, edibility, myths and the good times that all come along with a mushroom will be included. FREE with garden admission. Or maybe enjoy mushroom exploration tours with an introductory mushroom talk before heading out on a mushroom foraging walk, led by local mushroom expert Rayne Snow Ph D. $25 per person. There is also Liquid Fusion Kayak Mushroom Paddles with a hands on pre-paddle mushroom lesson, then tour the calm waters of the Noyo River in search of wild mushrooms and other Noyo River wonders. $75 per person. And of course ride with the mushroom hunt on horseback trail riding through redwood forests and cattle ranches with a staff member of the Riccochet Ridge Ranch. Or for the more self guided adventurers there is Catch a Canoe and Bicycles too! to explore Big River with a complimentary map of the Estuary with historical and contemporary photographs depicting the history of the beautiful Big River Estuary.
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens will be offering several classes. There will be the Mushroom ID Workshop and Walk or maybe enjoy a Oyster Mushroom cultivation workshop or join Rayne Snow PhD. local mushroom expert, and classical chinese practioner for a fascinating look into the medicinal uses of mushrooms. The price for these classes range from $10 to $25 per person. Maybe fancy yourself as an artist. Want to draw those pretty mushrooms? Suzi Long offers a 90 minute drawing class with jam-packed information to get you drawing and painting (ink and watercolor) like never before. Fun, educational, beginners encouraged. Also Plein Air Oil Painting with Erin Dertner. Enjoy the outdoor artistic experience in this two day workshop. The class will work outdoors with the beautiful vistas of Mendocino county. Erin will use a palette knife for texture and dimension that doesn’t come so easily with a brush. This two-day class is $160.
at the Ford House Museum. Mushroom exhibits include mushroom natural history, with a show of photographer Laura House’s closeup images of our local fungi. Also local mycologist Don Kowalski PhD. will be carefully gathering, identifying and labeling local mushrooms that will be on display. And also Dorothy Beebee and Nancy Dennison members of the international Mushroom Dye Institute, will exhibit some of their work and do ongoing demonstrations of mushroom dying and mushroom paper making. The Ford House Museum is located 735 Main Street, Mendocino.
include the Hit and Run Theater with veterans Steve Antler, Jill Jahelka, Doug Nunn, Kathy O’Grady, Christine Samas, Dan Sullivan and Steve Weingarten will be joined by musician Laura Derry for two evenings of improvisational comedy. $15 per person at the Hill House of Mendocino. Or how about the 28th Fall Season Concert of Symphony of the Redwoods with conductor Allan Pollack. Enjoy Dvorak 6th Symphony. The concert begins with the exciting young pianist Theresa Yu, playing Gershwins variations on “I Got Rhythm” and Barber’s Violin Concerto with soloist Dan Smiley. Tickets $20 and will be held at the Cotton Auditorium, Fort Bragg. And also Gualala Arts Center Chamber Concert with Frank Wiens, at piano. Weins has performed exclusively throughout the United States and abroad, including highly praised recitals in New York and London. $25 per person. There will also be Dance in the Redwoods, presented by Gualala Arts featuring twelve young dancers from the San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program.
More things to list:
Some other exciting things to add to your schedule.
- Historic Ridgewood Ranch Tour, home of the legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit.
- Wine & Mushroom Reception at the Mendocino County Museum in Willits.
- B Bryan Preserve “Sunset Safari”
- The Wine & Mushroom Excursion Train.
- Mushroom Madness Foray and Cooking Class or Albion River Inn’s Savory Wild Mushroom cooking class.
- The Elk Experience: Candlelight Bed and Breakfast tour with wine tasting and mushroom hors d oeuvres.
- Mendocino Art Center presents Art and Abalone.
And after a busy day doing all, part, or nothing while you enjoy beautiful Mendocino county, plan on the many winemaker and mushroom dinners hosted all over Mendocino County.
For a complete schedule click on Visit Mendocino