6th Anual Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend
Presented by the Town of Eagle and Always Mountain Time
Labor Day Weekend: Friday, August 30th at 6 p.m. until Sunday, September 1st at 8 p.m.
Located in Eagle, Colorado
Lodging Special: Rates starting at $109.90/per night (based on availability) at the AmericInn in Eagle, CO. Book online at www.AmericInn.com or call 800-634-3444 to book.
Weekend events are selling out quickly and limited tickets are still available for Saturday's Wine Pairing Dinner, The Sunday Presentations & Identification and the Buttons & Bonfire event on Sunday.
The Saturday Presentations & Identification are sold out.
The Mushroom Festival has been taking place in Eagle for the past 5 years as a small local event to celebrate foraging and Eagle. For 2013, the event has expanded to include wine, beer, local foods, wild edibles, chef dinners and more! Brush Creek Pavilion and Park in Eagle is the ‘home base’ for the weekend’s activities. Guests will head out into the Eagle Forests to forage for mushrooms & wild edibles with nationally renown specials. Participants can also take part in lecture courses, meet and greets with the experts, farm to table dinners with local chefs and products, and so much more!
This is the perfect event for the foodie looking to learn more about wild edibles or just a food and mushroom enthusiast. This farm to table event showcases local and regional chefs, wines, beers, foods and the beautiful Town of Eagle and its surrounding areas. Spend Labor Day weekend exploring, eating and enjoying in Eagle!
Larry Evans has been hunting, cooking, eating, and teaching about wild mushrooms and edible plants for 30 years. He founded the Western Montana Mycological Association in 1991, and it became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1995. He taught a mushroom class at the Glacier Institute near Glacier National Park for 29 years. He is featured in the Ron Mann film Know Your Mushrooms and has produced and recorded 2 CDs of mushroom music, Fungal Boogie and Fungal BoogieMan. For more about Larry and the WMMA at www.fungaljungal.org
Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College where she graduated with a Biology Degree. In 1997 she completed a MA from John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1997, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. She has taught sustainable living practices through John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA, San Juan College in Farmington, NM, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She also teaches internationally at retreats, festival and educational and healing events. She is the author of her most recent book, published in 2009, Local Wild Life – Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep, as well as, several smaller locally distributed publications such as: Commitments for Living the Good Life – The Wisdoms of the Osha Root, Snow Cone Recipe Book, and Las Plantas de Iztac along with four wild plant recipe calendars. She lives at the Turtle Lake Community Organic Garden in Durango, Colorado and is currently working on her forthcoming book, “Our Wealth of Wild Weeds”.
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Friday, August 30th
6 - 9 p.m. Mushrooms, Merlot & Mingling at Paradigms – Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend guests will gather for an introduction of the weekend, meet the experts and other guests and enjoy wine from Veraison Distributing. Food will be served at Paradigms Restaurant in Eagle. Live music from folk singer, Melissa Crabtree.
Tickets: $25 includes hors d’oeuvres from Paradigms, 2 glasses of wine from Veraison Distributing and live music. Hor d’ouevres are mushroom pizzas, duck salad & stuffed mushrooms.
Location: Paradigms Restaurant, 343 Capital Street, Eagle, CO. Come into Eagle. From I-70 West turn left, from I-70 East turn right onto Eby Creek Road . Go around the round about to Grand Avenue and then take your first left onto Capital Street. Paradigms is about 4 blocks down on your right.
At 7 p.m., we’ll make introductions for the weekend and make a couple of brief announcements.
Saturday, August 31st
Saturday Presentations & Identifications are SOLD OUT.
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Wild Mushroom & Wine Presentations by industry experts Larry Evans & Katrina Blair. Sponsored by K12 and Colorado Mountain College Culinary Progam in Edwards.
Location: Brush Creek Studio, 909 Capital Street, Eagle, CO. Come into Eagle. From I-70 West turn left, from I-70 East turn right onto Eby Creek Road. Go around the round about to Grand Avenue and then take your first left onto Capital Street. Continue on Capital Street until you see the park on your right. Park in the lot & look for the signs. The studio is the smaller building on the left.
Bring a lunch for the foraging if you’d like.
Cost for Presentations & Identification is $20 per day.
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Foraging in Eagle, CO (free & open to the public). Guided foraging with Katrina Blair will be on Browns Loop (FSR 418) in Eagle. Other foragers are encouraged to go to their favorite spots, or on Browns Loop as well.
Directions to Brown’s Loop: The Brown's Loop trail begins at Yeoman Park Campground B-loop and ends at Yeoman Park Day Use Area. This is an easy trail near East Brush Creek that has a fishing pier and interpretive signs along the way. From I-70 exit 147 for Eagle, turn south on Eby Creek Rd to the Route 6 roundabout. At roundabout, turn right (west) on Route 6/Grand Ave and travel 0.8 miles to next roundabout. At this roundabout, take the third right onto Sylvan Lake Road. Continue 1.6 miles to Brush Creek Road, and take a right on Brush Creek Road. Follow Brush Creek Rd for roughly 9 miles to the fork of East and West Brush Creek. Turn left onto East Brush Creek Rd., FDR 415 and drive for 6 miles to Yeoman Park. Enter the campground and drive to the end of Loop B where the trailhead is located.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Guests arrive back at Brush Creek Studio for Mushroom and Wild Edible identification. Sponsored by Terrafaux.
3:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Break for guests
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – 1st Course of the Wine Pairing Dinner: Mushroom & Wild Edible Tasting at Brush Creek Pavilion – Local Chefs from Colorado Mountain College will prepare the bounty for the day for guests to taste and savor. Part I of the wine pairing dinner. – Only open to guests who are attending the Wine Pairing Dinner.
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – 3 Course Wine Pairing Dinner at Brush Creek Pavilion Prepared by Local Top Chefs from Adams Rib & Old Kentucky Tavern – The grand event of the weekend with local chefs preparing a 3-course dinner focused around mushrooms and wild edibles in a truly farm to fork type preparation. Wine for the tasting has been provided by Veraison Distributing. Relax at Brush Creek Pavilion as your tastebuds relish the meal and you can discuss your days bounty. Also enjoy live music throughout the evening from “Whiskey Crazy” featuring Brandon Lee Gardner & Troy Harris!
The Dinner features 3 courses including Palisade Peach Pie for dessert from Magpies in Eagle.
Sunday, September 1st
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Wild Mushroom & Wine Presentations (Part II) from experts Larry Evans & Katrina Blair. Sponsored by K12 and Colorado Mountain College Culinary Program in Edwards.
Location: Brush Creek Studio
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Foraging in Eagle (free & open to the public)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Identifying the day’s bounty at Brush Creek Studio. Sponsored by Terrafaux.
COST: $20 per person for the presentations & identification
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Buttons & Bonfire – enjoy and evening of tastings and brews. Local Restaurants will each prepare a sampling for guests and each dish will have a mushroom theme. Beer from Bonfire Brewery located right in Eagle, Colorado will be paired with each of the tastings. Enjoy live music from local favorites Hardscrabble throughout the evening.
COST: At the Door - $30 per person for 5 food samples & 5 beer tastings + 1 full beer from Bonfire Brewery. Additional tickets available for $3 at the door for more food.
*Additional Wine & Beer will be available purchase throughout the weekend at the bar in the Brush Creek Pavilion.
*This event is a benefit for Vail Valley Charitable Fund.
*Thank you to our Sponsors: Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, K12, Ti Amo Ristorante, Terrafaux, Eagle Ranch Association, Juice Morrison at Old Kentucky Tavern, Michael Connolly at Adams Rib Ranch, Nate & Tom at Paradigms, Magpies, HP's Provisions, Pazzo's in Eagle, Luigi's & Dusty Boot in Eagle, Yummy Cafe, Bonfire Brewery, Mountain Man Nut & Fruit in Avon, KSKE "Ski Country Radio" and The LIFT FM.
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