Personalities

Get acquainted with some of the people you will meet at this year’s Fungi Festival.


Paul Kroeger

Founder and Past President of the Vancouver Mycological Society.

Paul is a researcher, collector, and consultant, in forest mycology, toxicology, medicines, and identification.

If anyone knows wild mushrooms, it’s Paul!

Paul will be identifying mushrooms from the day’s forays at the Legion.

Paul is the #1 identifier of psychedelic mushrooms


Larry Evans

Unfortunately Larry cannot cross the border from the US to attend live, but we are hoping to get virtual Larry to participate this year and to be back in the flesh next year.  Larry is featured in the film Know Your Mushrooms by Ron Mann and referred to as the Indiana Jones of Mushrooms.

He is a fellow so at home in the forest that he does not mind being called feral.

He has been teaching classes and leading mushroom expeditions since 1980.

Larry has attended most festivals but had to miss one to be in Ecuador with the BBC and PBS Networks filming on witch doctors and wild mushrooms and unfortunately will not be able to attend in person in 2020 with the border closure, but we are hoping to have an appearance from “Virtual Larry”.

www.fungaljungal.org


Tyson Elhers

Tyson is a biologist from the Slocan Valley who specializes in forest mushrooms.

He studies the ecology of wild edible mushrooms harvested from the forests of British Columbia and has intimate knowledge of species found in the Kootenays.

He shares this knowledge with eager mycophiles through his research and workshops.


Douglas Airey

Doug lives in Malakwa, he knows the area, he knows the woods, and he knows the mushrooms!

Doug is our local expert and main scout on the ground, helping the guides pick locations leading up to the festival.


George Landry

George is a retired fighter pilot who has picked wild mushrooms for the commercial market.

George has been a part of our festival for years, he is our Wagon Master and All-Day Tour Co-ordinator and guide.


Deb Heap

Deb is quick to point out she has absolutely no qualifications when it comes to mushrooms or event management, but she recognized this is a wonderful festival that must continue.  She is doing her best to facilitate things for our amazing experts and festival participants.

Daniel Winkler

(UNFORTUNATELY DANIEL WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND WITH THE US BORDER CLOSURE BUT WE HOPE TO SEE HIM NEXT YEAR) Daniel is the author of Field Guides to “Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest” and to “Edible Mushrooms of California” (Harbour Publishing 2011/2012).

He grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging for 15 years in the PNW and working as a mushroom educator and guide.

Daniel trained as a geographer and ecologist and works as a researcher and NGO consultant on environmental issues of the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas.

www.danielwinkler.com

With his travel agency MushRoaming LLC he annually organizES and leadS several mushroom focused eco-tours to Tibet, China, and the Amazon.

www.mushroaming.com

In Tibet, Daniel works with and studies what is locally know as Yartsa Gunbu, or caterpillar fungus.  This fungi, which digests caterpillars from the inside out and then sends a fruiting body out through the head is highly prized for its aphrodisiacal properties.  Where regular button mushrooms are valued around $4 per pound, and black truffles around $800 per pound, the value of caterpillar fungus is more on par with that of gold or diamonds at about $50,000 per pound.

Peter Steiner & Ellen Visser

Peter and Ellen are the Founders of the Fungi Festival.

We will do our best to continue their legacy with this amazing festival.