Eagle Mushroom and Wild Food Fest hits the hills, Aug. 27
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What: Eagle Mushroom and Wild Food Festival.
When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.
Where: Grand Avenue Grille and Paradigms restaurant, Eagle.
Cost: Lectures, forays and identification clinics are free; dining is a la carte.
More information: Contact organizer Joy Ariel at 970-343-0270.
EAGLE — The Eagle Mushroom and Wild Food Festival is back for its ninth year, with a schedule that offers all lectures, forays and identification clinics free of charge. The event is planned from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
“Our festival theme says it all — Explore, Identify, Eat,” said organizer Joy Ariel. “This is a fun, hands-on education event in its ninth year that attracts people of all ages and interests.”
Participants are invited to check in Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon at the Grand Avenue Grill, where mushroom breakfast specials will be offered for purchase.
Free lectures, which are open to the public, are planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Avenue Grill. The featured experts are Ken Kassenbrock, Ph.D. and professor of mycology at Colorado State University; renowned mushroom hunter Larry Evans and forage and purveyor of wild food Graham Steinruck.
The lecture topics will include an introduction to mushrooms; information about the nutritional and medical properties of wild mushrooms; instruction about harvesting, preparing and storing mushrooms; and an overview of the history and practices of mushroom cultivation.
The mushroom foray is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Following their time in the woods, participants will gather at Paradigms Restaurant for mushroom identification and saute from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday evening, Paradigms will offer wild mushroom dinner specials for purchase.
To learn more about the event, contact organizer Joy Ariel at 970-343-0270.
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