Fungi Event Calendar (walks are set, but presentations are from 2023 and are still to be finalized for 2024)

Thurs Sept 19th we will have our regular icebreaker at Alpiner (Joe Schmucks) from 6pm on while awaiting our experts arrival. There will be mushroom themed meals, free mushroom appies and a campfire and music on the deck.

Friday Sept 20, Saturday Sept 21 and Sunday Sept 22 there will be daily long walks, foraging for mushrooms in the area around Sicamous as well as short identification walks with Paul in Sicamous. Long walks require advance registration and are limited to 25 participants. We will have our displays and presentations upstairs in the legion (entrance is at the back of the building) and mushroom soup by donation. The Legion will have music and food downstairs all weekend long. Vendors are welcome to participate all weekend in the legion parking lot.

Friday long walk meets at 9:30 and departs at 10. You are welcome to come by with your specimens and chat with Paul and Martin after the long walk departs. At 1:00 Paul will lead a short walk around town until 3pm. Mushroom soup by Chef Dave will be served by donation during the day. Paul will do his introductory presentation “A World of Wonder Beneath Your Feet” at 4pm (under 18 admitted free). At 5pm there will be a cash bar and our experts will be hosting a panel to answer any questions you might have regarding edibles or other topics of interest. There will be a market in the legion parking lot from 4 to 7pm with live music. The legion will have a vegetarian and a brisket/mushroom special with live music from 8pm till closing.

Saturday long walk meets at 9:30 and departs at 10. Paul, Mitch and Martin will man the displays and answer any of your mushroom questions throughout the day. At 11 Martin will host a medicinal mushroom presentation and Q&A. Mushroom soup will be served by donation. At 1:00 Paul and Mitch will lead a short walk around town until 3pm. At 3:30 pm Chef Patti will be hosting a demonstration on preparing mushroom tapas. At 5pm we will have a cash bar along with a discussion panel reviewing the specimens collected that day and any other topics of interest from the audience, followed by Paul’s popular Magic Mushroom Presentation and Q&A at 7pm. There will be vendors throughout the day. The Legion will be hosting their popular meat draw downstairs from 3 to 6 with regular food service and live music. Saturday night the legion will have more live music starting at 7pm.

Sunday we get started at 9:00am with Chef Dave hosting a cooking demonstration of yummy wild mushroom scrambled eggs for the long walk participants. Others are welcome to stick around and have mushroom scrambled eggs by donation once the walkers are done. 10am There will be a panel discussion on edible mushrooms and other topics of interest. The long walk will depart by 11 and Paul and Martin will be available to answer questions throughout the day. Martin will host a second medicinal mushroom presentation at 11 for those that couldn’t make Saturday’s presentation. At 11am Chef Patti will host a demonstration on mushroom sauces. At 1:00 Paul will lead a short walk around town until 3pm. We will have mushroom soup by donation. 3pm the long walk returns and there will be a panel discussion and wrap up. The legion will have the meat draw, food service & live music from 3 to 6pm. Fungi Festival Society AGM will be held at 4pm upstairs at the legion.

Registrations need to be confirmed and contact details provided with Deb before making payment. Payment can then be made via interac email $ transfer to Advance payment is always appreciated for planning purposes and to reduce stress for Deb during the festival, but for everything except the long walks we will accept drop ins and cash payment or e-transfer at check in.

Note: We are expecting to have a few surprise pop up demonstrations on Friday and Saturday, so check back for updates.