The 10th Annual Eagle Mushroom and Wild Food Festival returns August 2-4, 2019, bringing notable experts in mushroom and wild food foraging, cuisine, cultivation, preservation, and adventuring to our small town.
Sponsors of the Mushroom Festival are Boone’s Wine and Spirits, Sweet Leaf Pioneer, Bonfire Brewing Co., Town of Eagle, Boneyard Restaurant (formerly the Dusty Boot), and the Eagle Chamber.
The Mushroom Festival’s ‘a la carte’ menu of classes and social events enables attendees create their own experience into the world of wild mushrooms and wild food.
For example, on Saturday evening enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at the 9-course wine-paired dinner prepared by Graham Steinruck, famed Denver forager chef and mycologist. Graham has been working with some of Colorado’s top chefs to feature wild ingredients in unique preparations for years. He is a returning chef at the Telluride Mushroom Festival at sold out dinners. A very rare opportunity to safely enjoy local foraged food prepared by an incredible talent. The dinner is Saturday evening, August 3, 6 – 10 p.m. at the Boneyard Restaurant, 1099 Capitol Street, Eagle Ranch. To view the menu, click here.
Tom Boni, has known the chef for many years, and said, “Attendees will experience a unique dinner featuring over a dozen wild mushrooms integrated into nine courses around a main course of either an Elk Tenderloin or Colorado Trout , and ending with a mouth-watering homemade ice cream flavored with candy cap mushrooms and wild berries, all to be enjoyed with the speakers from the festival.” This will truly be a memorable culinary experience.
The ‘a la carte’ menu includes a selection of classes on Saturday morning on preserving, cooking, locating, health benefits and more, click here for schedule. Trent Blizzard will teach a fun-filled class at 10:30 for kids to learn some science and a few fun facts about mushrooms.
Ryan Murray, local caterer and owner of the Red Canyon Cafe, will return this year to the festival to teach a cooking class on Saturday, 1 -3 p.m. on the art of cooking with wild mushrooms.
As an intro to the festival on Friday evening, the public is invited to attend a free ‘meet & greet’ at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club, 4 -7 p.m. All of the festival’s speakers will attend, and participate in a panel discussion on the role of fungi in agricultural ecologies, healing, the “gut microbiome”, and mushrooms as ‘mind food.’
The 10th Annual Eagle Mushroom & Wild Food Festival is a unique experience for the novice and seasoned musher. The a la carte program menu invites participants to experience a full-day of events, or to attend specific events of the program based on interests and available time.
Pre-registration for all classes and the dinner can be made online at www.eaglemushroomfest.com or click here. There is limited seating for the dinner, which is more than half subscribed.
The Screaming Eagle/Drive Fore the Future Scholarship Fund, which provides post-high school scholarships for local students, will receive a percentage of the Mushroom Festival’s net proceeds.
For more information on the Eagle Mushroom & Wild Food Festival, call 970.306.2262