Explore All Things Fungal at Telluride’s 29th Annual Mushroom Festival

Explore All Things Fungal at Telluride’s 29th Annual Mushroom Festival

[Click “Play to hear Eileen’s interview with festival director Art Goodtimes]

TMF_2009Poster The 29th annual Telluride Mushroom Festival takes place Thursday August 27th through Sunday the 30th with Fungophiles from around the world attending what has been dubbed as “the nation’s oldest mycological conference exploring all things fungal.”  MushFest, as Telluride locals call it, is part education and part outdoor fun, with daily workshops and lectures on a variety of topics as well as forays into the mountains to search for all types of edible and some not so edible mushrooms.   There will be a tent in Elks Park, on Main Street, where anyone can bring their found mushrooms to have identified. There will be book signings, poetry readings, a vendor bazaar, drumming and dancing and the whimsical Mushroom Parade, which will take place Saturday at 5 pm beginning from Elks Park. Art Goodtimes, renowned performance poet and long time director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival, tells us what’s in store this year and shares some special memories in this podcast. 

Telluride is a mushroom paradise, where late summer rains and warm August days result in abundant harvest of all types of mushrooms, from edible to poisonous to magical!  Canadian film maker Ron Mann released “Know Your Mushrooms” at Telluride’s Mountain Film Festival over Memorial Day weekend and it will be shown again at MushFest on Friday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 pm. at the Galaxy Theater. Of course Telluride is featured in the film. 

For more information and a schedule of events on this year’s Mushroom Festival, log on to http://www.tellurideinstitute.org/page_62.
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