Fungus Among Us
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.