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Rooms Full o’ Mush on Display in Yachats!

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.

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. 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.

“In addition to a culinary wonderland,” festival coordinator Bev Wilson says, “the weekend brings an impressive array of fun and serious learning opportunities under the umbrella, Ecology for Everyone,” a title coined by one of the festival’s founders, Marla Gillham. These opportunities include a speakers’ forum, expert led workshops and demonstrations, a mushrooms display, guided mushroom walks, and a Cape Perpetua Community Science Bioblitz. Admission to the displays, walks, and Biobliz are all Free, but the walks and bioblitz require pre-registration.

The mushrooms display will be held at the Yachats Lions Hall, provided and staffed by members of three mycological societies – Lincoln County Mycological Society, Cascade Mycological Society, and North American Truffling Society, as well as by experts who assist in identification. You will find fresh examples of both edible and toxic mushrooms here. In addition, 10-minute seminars will be offered covering important basics, such as how to do a spore print, how to tell the difference between chanterelles and false chanterelles, and how to identify different kinds of boletes.

Purchase a $5 festival wristband to attend the speakers’ forum, workshops, and demonstrations. (Two workshops also have additional materials fees.) Wristbands may be purchased on site during the festival weekend and one week in advance at the Yachats Visitors Center.

The speakers’ forum includes presentations by well-known mycologists Dr. Dan Luoma, Dr. Steven Carpenter, David Pilz, Dr. Matt Trappe, and Dr. Charles LeFevre. It will be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church., and then continue on Sunday at the Little Log Church, 328 W 3rd St. The schedule for the Speakers’ Forum and Workshops follows:

Speakers’ Forum

Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, 360 W 7th St., 10:00 a.m.

Matsutake Mushrooms and Other Forest Delights
Dr. Dan Luoma, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems & Society, OSU

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, President 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
Dr. Steven Carpenter, President of Pacific Analytical Laboratory, Philomath

This talk 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)

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.

3:00 p.m.
The Inner Beauty of Mold
Dr. Matt Trappe, Dept. of Botany, OSU

What are molds doing in your compost, your fridge, your medicine cabinet, and that wall in the closet?

Little Log Church, W 3rd & Pontiac

12:15 p.m.,

Oregon Is Truffle Country
Dr. Charles LeFevre, New World Truffieres and the Oregon Truffle Festival

An introduction to 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.

Workshops and Demonstrations

SATURDAY, October 19

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Arrive 15 minutes early.)

Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, 360 W 7th St. – Enter N door
NOTE: Remove shoes upon entering. Signs will be posted.
$3 Materials Fee collected at door – please bring $1 bills.

Cooking with Mushrooms, Making the Most of Your Bounty

Pam McElroy & Anna Russo, Lincoln County Mycological Society

This workshop will focus on cooking with main choice edibles and guide you through delicious pairings. It will include information on individual wild mushrooms and the culinary companions to bring out the best in each species. Preservation will also be addressed.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Arrive 15 minutes early.)

Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, 360 W 7th St. – Enter N door
$5 Materials Fee payable on site.

Please bring exact change. One bag limit per participant.

Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms

Dr. Steven Carpenter and Kim Kittredge

3:00 p.m. Lecture/Slideshow

4:00 p.m. Workshop, Yachats Commons Picnic Shelter
Dr. Steven Carpenter is back this year, joined by Kim Kittredge, to show you how to grow your own oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.). You will be amazed how easy it is to grow gourmet mushrooms, and how much fun it is to do! You will attend a lecture/slideshow followed by a workshop where you 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.

The 4 p.m. workshop is open only to those also attending the 3 p.m. lecture / slideshow. At 4 p.m. please bring everything with you to the Yachats Commons Picnic Shelter. The church will be locked at 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, October 20

11:00 a.m., Little Log Church, W 3rd and Pontiac
How to Grow Shiitake on Logs – all the wrong ways
Presented by Kim Kittredge
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.

1:30 p.m. Truffle Dog Demonstration
Dr. Charles LeFevre, New World Truffieres, Oregon Truffle Festival.

This demonstration is FREE. Please do not bring dogs.

Recommended – Attend Dr, LeFevre’s talk at 12:15 p.m. (Sunday Speaker’s Forum)

Following his 12:15 p.m. talk, Dr. 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. The Cape Perpetua campground exit is 2.5 miles south of downtown Yachats on the east side of Hwy 101. Turn left (east) off Hwy 101 and continue forward to the end of the parking area where you will see the picnic shelter.

Guided Mushroom Walks
Pre-registration was required for the festival’s 23 guided mushroom walks and as of October 6, all 264 spaces in these walks had been filled. Although cancellations are rare, you may email info@yachats.org to request that your name be placed on a waiting list.

“The Yachats Village Mushroom Fest was pitched to the Yachats chamber 20 years ago,” Wilson said, “by then board member and chef, John Ullman, after his return from a trip to Italy. While there he’d been captivated by a mushroom festival held in the Italian countryside. The Yachats chamber board enthusiastically agreed that such a festival had natural culinary and educational potential here. Soon thereafter, Forest Ecologist Marla Gillham joined the planning committee, bringing scientific knowledge, environmental passion, and love of teaching. She also brought in a phenomenal team of educators. We are honored that most of this original team has continued to participate annually and make the festival’s Ecology for Everyone programs possible.”

The Yachats Village Mushroom Fest is produced
by the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce with the generous support and ongoing collaboration of many Yachats area businesses, Siuslaw National Forest, and the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center. For additional information, please visit yachats.org.

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