Workshops, forays, tastings and medicinal beers with world-renowned mycologists, 9/16-19, 2012

The 31st Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival looks forward to another exciting weekend, August 16-19, 2012. For over 30 years, Telluride has hosted this unique festival of all things fungal in the high San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado.

“This year the rains have been incredible, and we are so excited for what’s coming up,” says Executive Director of TMF Scott Koch.

This festival attracts a range of mushroom inclinations, from culinary to scientific to just plain curious. Here all lovers of mushrooms find themselves in a mountain paradise among others with expertise and passion for these delicacies. Activities range from mushroom lectures given by experts, to cooking (and eating) mushrooms, and guided hikes with instruction on how to find the freshest and safest mushrooms.

Telluride Mushroom Festival hosts an educational workshops on cultivation and mycoremediation (returning a polluted environment to a less contaminated state with fungi) for all fungal skill levels this year. For beginners there will be presentations on how to grow mushrooms at home, beginner lab techniques, and Mycology 101. For intermediate and advanced mushroom enthusiasts there are discussions on liquid cultures, a cultivators’ roundtable, and a lab available for students who would like to clone their own species. All attendees will enjoy expert-led forays into the beautiful rocky mountain wilderness and presentations from world renowned mycologists.

Friday the Wilkinson Public Library hosts the popular and free Chef Cook-Off, where chefs compete for the coveted Mushroom Cap by cooking incredibly creative and delicious wild mushroom dishes for the public to taste. Several local restaurants are featuring wild mushroom dishes in their menus throughout the festival.

For the first time, the Telluride Mushroom Festival is proud to offer a signature immune-boosting Red Ale, produced in a joint effort by Telluride’s Smuggler Joe’s Brewery and South Carolina’s Mushroom Mountain. The “Mycobrew” will be made with Turkey Tail, Reishi, and Birch Polypore, fungi with widely known health benefits.

Also new to the festival this year is an exclusive foray to and private mushroom brunch at the Opus Hut in Ophir, Colorado. On Thursday August 16th, author and world renowned foray leader Gary Lincoff will take guests on a morning foray in the mountains near Telluride, after which they will proceed to the Opus hut where a multi-course meal will be prepared by world class chef and author Lisa Dahl. All participants will receive a signed copy of Dahl’s book. The event takes place 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and cost $285.00. Sign up soon as spaces are very limited. 

Full Pass Tickets are now on sale for $175, which covers all events in the Palm and Nugget Theatres, Wilkinson Library, County Meeting Room and Swede-Finn (Elks Lodge); access to three forays per day; Cultivation workshops; the Cook Your Own Elks Park event; plus our legendary Parade up and down Colorado Avenue.

Additional culinary events may be scheduled and be subject to separate charges.  For festival information or to purchase tickets visit us online at To purchase tickets by mail send checks and all pertinent information to Shroomfest 2012 c/o Telluride Institute, P.O. Box 1770, Telluride, CO, 81435.

Make sure to book lodging with sponsor Alpine Lodging at or reserve your first-come first-serve campground space early this year. The USA Pro Cycle Challenge is bringing 135 world-class cyclists and their families to town on Monday, August 20th so space is filling up quickly.



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