The North Carolina Arboretum will host the Asheville Mushroom Club’s popular FungiFest on Saturday, September 7. The festival is a daylong celebration of fungi, featuring displays, classes and workshops.
At the heart of this year’s event will be a vast display of wild mushrooms in their varied colors and forms. Members of the Asheville Mushroom Club will be on hand to answer questions, and vendors will offer mushroom art, edible mushrooms and grow-your-own kits. For those who want to learn more, there will be mushroom walks led by experts, as well as classes on mushroom identification, the role of mushrooms in the environment, the healing properties of mushrooms and cooking with mushrooms.
Founded in 1983, the Asheville Mushroom Club began as a group of four individuals and has since grown to a robust membership of mushroom enthusiasts, from beginning collectors to professional mycologists. The club’s FungiFest is an excellent opportunity to discover the variety of mushrooms found regionally and learn more about the different aspects of fungi identification, folklore, cultivation and culinary preparation.
FungiFest is one of many popular events hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum. Each year more than 494,000 visitors experience the Arboretum’s gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures. The Arboretum’s ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of supporters—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.