San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Mycological Society of San Francisco
Sunday Dec 6, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
In the San Francisco Bay Area,
when the first rains tease up the chanterelles and porcini, fungus
lovers, foodies, and those curious about the natural world head to the
Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms.
- Activities, lectures, cooking demos, and a selection of fabulous soups for sale.
- Educational tables on varied subjects such as medicinal mushrooms, myco-remediation, cultivation, ecology, lichens, psychedelic fungi, dyes from fungi, toxicology, edible mushrooms, and more...
- Microscopes and spore prints
- Naturalistic displays of more than 300 species of locally collected fungi
- Identification table - bring your specimens to find out the species!
- Vendors (alphabetical):
Angela Mele Art, Barefoot Naturalist Press, Far West Fungi, Friendly Fungus Photographer, FUNGI Magazine, Gayle Lee Still Fiber Arts, Julie Himes Science Illustration,
Just Mushroom Stuff, King of Mushrooms, Maclean Custom Screen Printing, Mushroom Adventures, San Francisco Glass Guild, The Illustration Company, Wine Forest Wild Foods
- Speakers (alphabetical): David Aurora, J.R Blair, Britt Bunyard, Ken Litchfield.
The Fair provides information on the uses and abuses of fungi, with displays and exhibits on ecology, toxicology, and cultivation. Campsite gourmands learn how to serve up the safe and scrumptious species through identification tutorials, cooking demonstrations, and sales of recipe books, soups, snacks, and fresh edibles. Watch renowned Bay Area chefs prepare dishes like matsutakes & roasted cauliflower in coriander cream or sautéed caramel candy cap pears and dentelles.
When & Where
Mycological Society of San Francisco
The Mycological Society of San Francisco was founded in 1950 to promote the understanding and enjoyment of mushrooms and other fungi. Our mission has since expanded to preserve mycological habitats and to promote and maintain the rights of the general public to collect mushrooms for study and recreational purposes on public lands. Our expert taxonomists often consult with open space management agencies to identify the fungi which are found on these lands.
The MSSF hosts a myriad of activities throughout the year. Our general meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May (the locally active mushroom season) at the Randall Museum in San Francisco. Each general meeting begins with mushroom identification, book sales, and cultivation activities, then features a guest speaker on a selected mycological topic. Our adjunct culinary group meets once a month to explore and share the culinary possibilities of wild mushrooms. Throughout the year we teach and sponsor classes in mushroom identification, cultivation, the basics of mycology, microscopy, cooking, etc. Each December, the MSSF creates an extensive Fungus Fair, where we collect, identify and display hundreds of mushroom species from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and points north and south.
At the heart of MSSF activities are forays for identification and collection of mushrooms. Throughout the year we offer numerous camping forays and single-day mushroom walks. On occasion we conduct weekend mycological retreats with forays, culinary fare, identification, workshops, talks and slide presentations.
The MSSF is also active in promoting mycological education and research. Our members assist with academic research projects, we maintain a species database and an extensive mycological library, and we sponsor annual scholarships for leading students of mycology. We also provide toxicology and identification expertise to the California Poison Control system and help with the identification of mushrooms in cases of suspected poisoning.
MSSF members are invited to join our lively and informative members-only email discussion group, where organizational announcements and events are posted, and where much information on mycological topics is exchanged.