Fungus Among Us

About

Every year, the week after Canadian Thanksgiving, we host the annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival in Whistler. 

We invite expert mushroom gurus from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island to lead talks, walks, and cooking demonstrations and tastings on Friday and Saturday that the public is welcome to join.

Schedule of Events

Due to COVID-19, our schedule of events will be a little bit different this year. Our public events are virtual because of physical distancing requirements but we hope they will still be engaging and fun! More events may be added closer to the date so stay tuned.

Fantastic Fungi Photo Contest (Oct. 1 - 14, 2020)

Great prizes for winners in five different categories and draw prizes to participants who submit a photo for all categories. Photos must be taken after October 1, 2020 and submitted by October 14th. Learn how to enter here!  

 

Talks by Gurus* (Fri., Oct. 16, 2020 @ 7:00-8:30 PM)

  • "An Enthusiasts Guide to Mushroom Picking - Learned do's and don't's" by Veronica Woodruff

    • Veronica is a passionate nature enthusiast and will give a short talk on do's and don't's for beginners and experts alike.  

  • ​"Marvellous Microscopic World of Spores" by Bryce Kendrick

    • Bryce will uncover the secrets behind the life cycle of fungi by examining their marvellous variety of spores. 

  • ​Winners of the Fantastic Fungi Photo Contest

    • Announced by professional photographers Joern Rohde and Andy Dittrich

  • “A Natural and Cultural History of Magic Mushrooms in BC” by Andy MacKinnon and Paul Kroeger 

    • ​Andy will explore the natural history of BC's magic mushrooms, and their role in the rapidly changing counterculture of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and up to the present day.

**Each talk will be approximately 20 minutes.

Watch live on our Facebook Page or on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81822217401

Cooking and Preserving Wild Mushrooms with Chef Bruce Worden* (Sat., Oct. 17, 2020 @ 4:00-6:00 PM)

Have you ever wanted some inspiration on how to prepare wild mushrooms in mouth-watering ways? Or wondered how to preserve mushrooms to use throughout the winter? Join Chef Bruce Worden as he shares his in-depth knowledge of everything having to do with foraging and eating mushrooms and preserving the wild. During this live virtual event Bruce will be sharing recipes and answering as many questions from the audience as he can. Bruce is the General Manager at Milestones restaurant in Whistler, Chef and mushroom guru. Download the recipes here so that you can follow along or try it afterwards!

Watch live on our Facebook Page or on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86517491409

*Presentations are virtual and will be open to questions from participants on Facebook and Zoom via chat.

This year's events are open to all to watch - donations welcome.

Mushroom Scavenger Hunt

Get up close and personal with mushrooms in the forest around you by going on a Mushroom Scavenger Hunt! Although we created this for our local K-7 students, we think this activity can be great fun for all.  Watch the video and download the activity sheet to get started here.

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Past Events

The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in our completely sold out 17th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival!

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The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in another fun Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival, which was completely sold out this year.

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The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017, 15th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival. 

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The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2016, 14th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival. 

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The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2015, 13th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival. 

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The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2014, 12th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival. 

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The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2013, 11th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival. 

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The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2012, 10th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival. 

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The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2011, 9th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival. 

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The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2010, 8th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival. 

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A huge thank you to our key supporters:

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Whistler Naturalists

Address

Whistler Naturalists Society
PO Box 845
Whistler, BC  V0N 1B0

Contact

WhistlerNaturalists [at] gmail.com

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