Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend
Join us for the 7th Annual Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend in downtown Eagle, Colorado. This weekend will feature delicious foods and dinners created by hand selected local chefs from Eagle utilizing local and regional foods and local mushrooms and wild edibles, foraging for mushrooms & wild edibles, education on mushrooms and wild edibles, wine tastings and beer tastings. The home base for the weekend will be the Eagle Ranch Golf Club & Grille and venues around Eagle. Plus enjoy a beautiful summer weekend in the amazing Town of Eagle! The weekend kicks off on Friday with a FREE community meet & greet from 4-6 p.m. for everyone to learn more about the Mushroom Fest and continues until Sunday afternoon. A truly unique experience that any food lover, foodie, locavore or mushroom enthusiast will be sure to enjoy!
Schedule of Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend Events
- 4-6 p.m. – Meet & Greet at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club with the experts & buy your weekend event tickets (FREE)
- 6-8 p.m. – Welcome party at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club Grille with mushroom tastings, beer and wine, and live music.
- Saturday- Educational seminars followed by foraging and identification at Eagle Town Hall and Eagle Ranch Golf Club.
- Saturday Night- Wild Mushroom & Wine Pairing farm-to-table dinner at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club.
- Sunday- Educational seminars followed by foraging and identification at Eagle Town Hall and Eagle Ranch Golf Club.
Online ticket sales through Eventbrite.com. Tickets for sale at event if still available.
Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend Event Details:
4 – 6 p.m. FREE Community Meet & Greet at Eagle Ranch Golf Club & Grille – Local experts will be on hand with their products and answering questions about the event & the weekend! Stop by to find out more about the Mushroom Festival and to meet Larry, Katrina and Ken, as well as other mushroom enthusiasts! You’ll be able to get all the details about the weekend’s events and purchase tickets if you’d like!
6 – 8 p.m. – Welcome Party at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club & Grille – 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 or beer from Bonfire Brewery. Tickets include light hors d’oeuvres from the Grille, 2 drink tickets, and mushroom soup created by local Colorado Mountain College Chefs. There will also be live music from folk singer, Melissa Crabtree. Tickets are $15 in advance (by Thursday, August 21st) or $20 at the door the day of. Other food & beverages will be available for purchase at the Grille during & after the Welcome Party.
Cost: for the Welcome Party – $15 per person presale/ $20 day of
Location: Eagle Ranch Golf Club Grille
Location: Eagle Ranch Golf Club & Grille. 0050 Lime Park Drive, Eagle, CO 81631. Come into Eagle. From I-70 West turn left, from I-70 East turn right onto Eby Creek Road. Go around the roundabout to Grand Avenue and then take your first left onto Capital Street. Go through Eagle Ranch & take a left onto Sylvan Road. Lime Park Drive will be on your right. Turn in & the Clubhouse is straight ahead.
At 6:45 p.m., we’ll make introductions for the weekend and make a couple of brief announcements.
Saturday & Sunday, August 23rd & 24th
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Educational Presentations by industry experts Larry Evans, Ken Kassenbrock & Katrina Blair.
Cost: for Education, Foraging, & Identification – $25 per person presale/ $35 day of
Location: Education- Eagle Town Hall; Identification- Trails in Eagle County; Identification- Eagle Ranch Golf Club
Location: Eagle Town Hall, 200 Broadway Street, Eagle, CO 81631. Come into Eagle. From I-70 West turn left, from I-70 East turn right onto Eby Creek Road. Go around the roundabout to Grand Avenue and then take your 2nd left onto Broadway Street. Park wherever you can on the street. Town hall is located on the east side of the street.
Bring a lunch for the foraging if you’d like plus, snacks, sunscreen, hat, rain jacket, bag, water & anything else you’ll need out there. If you leave your area, please make sure to let others know. We’d like to have everyone accounted for.
8:30 a.m. (Sat) & 9:30 a.m. (Sun) – Ken Kassenbrock – Mushroom Hunting 101 (Conference Room; limited seating)
8:30 a.m. – Katrina Blair – The Wild Edible Abundance of Colorado (Council Chambers)
9:30 a.m. – Larry Evans – Incredible Fungi (Council Chambers)
10:30 a.m. – Guests gather into groups to plan their foraging expeditions for mushrooms or wild edibles. If you have a car, groups will do a ride share out to the various trails. Guests will gather in groups of 15 and can go out with a group leader who knows the area to each of the trails.
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Foraging in Eagle, CO. Trails for foraging include Browns Loop (FSR 418), Sylvan Lake State Park, Yeoman Trail, Fulford and others in Eagle.
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 Town Hall, go south on Broadway to the end of the street. Take a left and then a right onto Capital Street. Take a left on Sylvan Road, then a right 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 – 4:30 p.m. – Guests arrive at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club for Mushroom and Wild Edible identification.
Larry will do Q&A Sessions during the identification. In between, he will be identifying mushrooms brought in from the forage. Between Q&A Sessions please work with your group leader from the hike to answer any questions.
o 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
o 4:00 – 4:15 p.m.
o & at 4:30 for a few minutes
SATURDAY ONLY- The Culinary Chefs from Colorado Mountain College, including Todd Rymer, will be sautéing up edible foraged mushrooms during the identification, so guests can taste some of their discoveries.
4:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Break for guests on Saturday; end of day on Sunday
- Saturday, August 23rd Only
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – 4 Course Wine Pairing Dinner prepared by Local Chefs with menu by Donna Shaner. The grand event of the weekend, the meal will feature mushrooms and wild edibles, a truly farm-to-fork experience. Wines provided by Veraison Beverage Distributors. Relax as your taste buds relish the meal while you discuss the day’s bounty.
Cost: for Tasting & Dinner – $85 per person – a few tickets are still available.
Dinner Location: Eagle Ranch Golf Club
- If you need a vegetarian option for dinner, please email Lee at [email protected] by Friday August 24th at 5 p.m.
FESTIVAL RULES, POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
Photography & Videography
- The Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend Festival is committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all guests. All guests shall remain respectful and courteous to their fellow patrons and to comply with requests from Festival staff regarding Festival policies, emergency response procedures and behavior which impacts the event experience of fellow spectators. The Festival values the support of all guests and reserves the right to eject any guests for any reason, including not treating other guests attending the Festival with dignity and respect.
Carry in and Contraband Items
- The permitted use of cameras varies by event. Entrance onto event premises provides the Festival with your consent for the Festival to use event photographs and videos for promotional purposes.
This event is environmentally friendly - Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
- The following items are not permitted in Festival Area:
- Outside Alcohol or other Beverages
- Bottles, cans, growlers, camelbacks
- Smoking – no smoking within the event premises
- Marijuana - Smoking marijuana in public is against the law
- Food and drink purchased outside
- Frisbees and/or beach balls
- Any noise making devices, specifically air horns with sirens, whistles
- Illegal drugs and alcohol
- Weapons and dangerous devices of any type
- Guests found in possession of contraband items will be subject to expulsion from the facility and the contraband items confiscated.
- NO GLASS other than Festival approved glasses
- The goal of this event is to be zero waste. Please make yourself aware of the trash/recycle/compost bins and work with the volunteers to place your waste in the appropriate bin. All products at this event should be 100% recyclable or compostable. Look for the zero hero tents at the event.
- Guests who fail to abide by Festival policies, state and federal law are subject to ejection from the facility. Guests in violation of Festival policy will be asked to correct their behavior, if they fail to do so in a timely fashion ejection will occur.
Firearms / Weapons
- Disruptive and problem Guests should be reported to event staff or security personnel immediately. Ejected Guests must vacate Festival property.
Lost and Found
- Guests are prohibited from bringing weapons into the Festival.
Panhandling / Soliciting
- Items found before, during, or after an event should be turned into the main ticketing area. Items will then be turned into Radiate Live, logged in and kept at the office for 30 days. Items may be passed to the local authority, donated to charity or disposed of at the discretion of management after 30 days.
- Panhandling is not allowed at the Festival. Only Festival Authorized Vendors and Sponsors will be permitted in the event area.
- The throwing of projectiles inside the Arena is prohibited.
- Transportation will not be provided to and from hotels, so please plan on bringing your car to all events.
- Carpooling is suggested when driving to foraging routes. Area maps will be provided.
AmericInn – Call 970-328-5155 to book - $109.90 per night based on availability. If guests book 3 nights Thursday – Saturday for Mushroom Weekend, the rate drops to $79.90 per night (only available with a 3-night stay for the event) – (mention Mushroom Weekend)
Hawthorn Suites- Call 970-328-3000 to book. Rooms starting at $99 per night, based on availability for all events in Eagle County. Mention the event you’re booking for.
MEET THE EXPERTS (subject to change; more to come)
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. Find out 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”.
Ken Kassenbrock, MD,PhD has been an avid hunter of wild mushrooms since the late 1970s. Trained as a physician-scientist, he has worked in Cell and Molecular Biology, including post-doctoral work with the brewer’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Although his interests in fungi were initially culinary, over the years they mushroomed (what else?) to include other aspects of the biology of this fascinating kingdom including ecology, toxicology, biotechnology and cultivation. Avocation and vocation eventually converged, and Ken currently teaches Mycology (mushrooms, molds, mildews and more) at Colorado State University, where he is on the faculty in the Biology Department.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2014 EVENT SPONSORS