The Sunshine Coast Society for the Hunting, Recognition and Observation of Mushrooms (SCSHROOM) is once again presenting the tenth annual mushroom festival Oct. 12 and 13, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in the Roberts Creek Hall. This year’s featured speaker is Robert Rogers, whose presentation will be Medicinal Mushrooms, Magic Mushrooms and Mushroom Essences. He will speak about the top ten medicinal mushrooms, as well as psilocybin and its benefits to humans. He will also include an introduction to mushroom essences, produced under lunar influence, and their potential. Admission is $10 at the door.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the main event takes place in the Madeira Park Community Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables will be loaded with hundreds of local species, some edible, many not, some with incredible medicinal properties. Knowledgeable members of SCSHROOM will be helping the public to safely identify each mushroom. Bring your interesting fungal finds to the festival.
There will also be demonstrations by local fabric artists of the beautiful natural dyes found in mushrooms. Vendors will be selling local food items, books and crafts, many of them mushroom oriented. There will be cooking demonstrations and tastings, using some of the choice mushrooms that grow on the Coast.
Some local restaurants are sponsors of the festival, offering special mushroom-based menu items before, during and after the weekend. Check the website to see which restaurants are participating at www.scshroom.org