last update: July 5, 2015 The Telluride Mushroom Festival Celebrates Fungi with Some of the Biggest Names in the Fungi Kingdom!
Dates: August 13-16, 2015 with pre-conference workshops held on August 12th, 2015
Location: Telluride, Colorado – main lectures are held at the Elks Lodge and the historic Sheridan Opera House. Other events are scattered throughout the beautiful, walkable town located in a box canyon.
Tickets: Tickets are being sold through EventBrite and can be found on the festival website: www.telluridemushroomfest.org
The 35th Telluride Mushroom Festival--August 13 through August 16, 2015--with Pre-Conference Workshops on August 12th, celebrates the multitude of uses of fungi (all things mycology). Fungi, the under-appreciated Kingdom of the world, serve(s) many purposes--from breaking down plant cellulose in nature to creating nutrients for plants, to serving as food and medicine for people, to acting as bio-remediators to filter and break down toxic environments from things such as oil spills and agricultural run off. There are a variety of options for day passes, single forays, and pre-festival workshops. The Festival is customizable for every budget and schedule, and many events are FREE! This four-day event covers it all!
The theme of this year’s Telluride Mushroom Festival is “The Future of Fungi.” The goal of the festival is to have every single attendee fully committed to the idea that mushrooms have the potential to revolutionize our relationship with the world and ourselves. Workshops, lectures, facilitated group discussion and panels will help bring this topic into focus through the four different festival tracts: culinary, mycoremediation (i.e. combatting environmental issues with mushrooms), taxonomy/general, and entheogen (i.e. “magic mushrooms”).
Keynote Speakers Eugenia Boneis a nationally known food journalist and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Denver Post. She is the author of five books. At Mesa's Edgewas a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. She wrote Italian Family Dining with her father, celebrated chef Edward Giobbi. Well-Preservedwas a finalist for a James Beard award, and was on many best cookbooks of 2009 lists. Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms, was on Amazon's best science books of 2011 list and a finalist for a Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries award. Her fifth book, The Kitchen Ecosystem(October 2014) was a finalist for a Books for a Better Life award and was on many best cookbooks of 2014 lists. Her writing and recipes have been anthologized in numerous publications, including Best Food Writing, Saveur Cooks, and The Food & Wine Cookbook. Eugenia has lectured widely, in venues like the Denver Botanical Garden and the New York Pubic Library, judged food and wine competitions, and has appeared on television and radio many times. She is the founder of Slow Food Western Slope in Colorado and the president of the New York Mycological Society. She writes the blog kitchenecosystem.com. Eugenia lives in New York City and Western Colorado. Contact Eugenia through her website, eugeniabone.com.
Eugenia Bone’s Keynote Lecture - Mycophiles: Festivals, Forays, and the Companionship of Mushroomers – How do mushroom enthusiasts vacation? Amateur mycologists hit public forays and festivals all over the country and throughout the year, congregating for hunting, socializing, and learning. This fun, illustrated talk shares stories about some of those gatherings, how they can shake up one's point of view, and open your mind. R-rated. Sue Van Hook is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer. She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 40 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months per year. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent, an authority on pink-spored mushrooms and author of the How to Identify Mushrooms series of books. Sue worked for 5 years in land conservation for The Nature Conservancy managing a Northern California Coastal Dunes Preserve where she also conducted her graduate fieldwork. She moved to Belgrade Maine in the mid-80s and worked as Director of Land Conservation and Stewardship for Maine Coast Heritage Trust. For 18 years she taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and currently works as the Chief Mycologist for a new Green Tech company, Ecovative Design in Troy, NY.
Sue Van Hook’s Keynote Lecture - Mushroom Mycelium as Natural Resin – Ecovative in upstate New York has pioneered fungal mycelium as a natural resin used to bind plant waste products into packaging shapes, particle boards, automotive parts, surfboards and buoys. All it took was beginner's mind and eyes of two young engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to see the elasticity and network of fungal hyphae as a new biopolymer. Join Sue Van Hook, Ecovative's Chief Mycologist for a look at the science of mycelial resin.
Gary Lincoffis the author or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden. Gary has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world and is a past president of the North American Mycological Association. A fungal psychonaut and visionary who most recently starred in the award-winning film “Know Your Mushrooms”by Ron Mann of Toronto, Gary’s most recent book is The Complete Mushroom Hunter.
Highlights of Additional Presenters
Fred Barrett & Mary Cosimano of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – The team at Johns Hopkins University is at the forefront of the psychedelic renaissance. Their work has been featured in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Scientific American, The Baltimore Sun, and has been highlighted in hundreds of news outlets. Dr. Fred Barrett is a cognitive neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and uses brain imaging to investigate mystical states under the influence of psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient found in certain types of mushrooms. Mary Cosimano is a clinician who works with research volunteers during their psilocybin sessions. It is said that Mary Cosimano holds the record for guiding the most legal psilocybin research sessions in the world. Dr. Barrett will be sharing the findings of his research and Ms. Cosimano will be discussing her 15-year experience working in psilocybin research.
Renowned Author Vera Stucky Evenson – Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountains – Daiva Chesonis, owner of Telluride’s premier independent bookstore Between the Covers, always tells customers that Vera Evenson’s first book is the most requested of all the mushroom literature that she carries. Lucky for festival attendees, Vera is back with Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region, a 300-page guide perfect for any enthusiast to learn about some of the major mushrooms in the Colorado region. Vera will be making a stop on her book tour to chat with festival attendees and discuss her book. You do not want to miss this opportunity!
Dr. Jonathan Reisman on the ugly side of the Kingdom Fungi - This talk will give an overview of the role of fungi in human disease. From mycotoxins to invasive fungal infections, Jonathan will focus on the dangers that fungi pose and the role of the immune system in keeping us healthy. There will be a lot of photographs to demonstrate the variety of disease caused by fungi.
History of Women in Mycology – Did you know that Beatrix Potter, author of the “Peter Rabbit” series, published a book called “Les Champignons” (the mushrooms)? It’s true, and Beatrix Potter is only one of many women who made large contributions to the field of mycology. This year’s festival highlights many of the women in the field and includes a history lesson! Join Mara Penfil of Female and Fungi to explore the contributions of women to the field and make sure to catch lectures by Dr. Cathy Cripps, Vera Evenson, Eugenia Bone, Sue Van Hook, Dr. Seri Robinson, Mary Cosimano and Giuliana Furci---this year’s festival highlights the extraordinary accomplishments, talents, and contributions of women in mycology.
Mushrooms Don’t Smoke Cigarettes, They Digest Them – A few months ago a video went viral on the internet that showed a species of oyster mushroom digesting used cigarette butts. Learn how to digest the cigarette butts littering your hometown in this unique demo and workshop offered by Radical Mycology co-founder Peter McCoy. In this presentation and demo, you will learn how decomposing mushrooms can help mitigate cigarette waste and how you can apply these practices at home or in your community. Using simple and scalable techniques, Peter will show how the power and potential of mycoremedaition can change our everyday lives.
Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary – There will be a special screening of the film “Dying to Know” by director Gay Dillingham. Robert Redford narrates this beautiful film about the deep and loving friendship between notorious scientists Ram Dass and Timothy Leary. Dass and Leary gained fame over psychedelic drug research conducted at Harvard in the 1960s. This film contains rare and never-before-seen footage from the psychedelic sixties. It is a perfect reminder of what happened in the past as we live through a psychedelic renaissance carrying on the important work that was started decades ago.
Chilean Environmental Activist Giuliana Furci – The festival is honored to be hosting Giuliana Furci of Chile. Furci is the mastermind behind The Fungi Foundation, which promotes fungal conservation. Fungi are not an exception when it comes to conservation action for biodiversity in Chile. At The Fungi Foundation, they believe fungi are critical for the outcome of conservation at large. Putting fungal public policy in place is a task never undertaken until an NGO from Chile committed to getting political justice for Kingdom Fungi. Be inspired to take action to protect the kingdom that we know is so important to the whole ecosystem.
Highlights of Additional Activities
Vendor Fair – The gallery of the historic Sheridan Opera House will be transformed into a vendor fair where the public may enter free to see what the mushroom world has to offer in terms of clothing, food, and art. Vendors are encouraged to hand out goodies to the public. No need to purchase a ticket to the Telluride Mushroom Festival to enjoy this free exhibit and demonstration space.
Mushroom Lounge and MycoBeer – The party can’t stop at the Telluride Mushroom Festival. Continue socializing and talking shop with other mycologists each evening at the Elks Lodge, which will be turned into a Mushroom Lounge that will feature Tradd Cotter’s MycoBeer. The MycoBeer will also be available at the Sheridan Opera House during keynote lectures and during the Cookoff. Telluride Voucher Program – The Telluride Voucher program returns for its second year! Each festival attendee will become a citizen scientist and collect mushroom specimens for DNA analysis. The DNA analysis helps the mycological community better describe the over 300 different species of fungi found in the Telluride region. According to Rebecca Fyffe, the 2014 Telluride Mushroom Festival’s executive director, “Our scientists will spend the whole festival banging in a tent (with hammers) and there will be DNA everywhere!” What Fyffe jokingly refers to is the Telluride Mushroom Festival’s DNA lab, where bits of mushroom tissue will be slammed between specially treated sheets of filter paper to preserve the fungal DNA.
“We have created a checklist of the mushrooms we have been finding in the Telluride area since 1981. We know the mushrooms fairly well, but we do not know how they relate to similar mushrooms elsewhere, especially those whose names are being used to represent the ones we are finding in Telluride,” says festival co-founder and author of National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American MushroomsGary Lincoff.
Lincoff laid the groundwork for the Voucher Program with mycologist Linnea Gillman, who has entered more Western Slope mushrooms into herbaria than anyone else. Noah Siegel will be returning to assist with the Voucher Program. As Siegel, who is excited about the open-air tent notes, “You have hundreds of people in the woods collecting mushrooms. Many of the mushrooms they collect are not described or ‘new to science’, so this is an opportunity to take advantage of our many Citizen Scientists.” Siegel brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the festival and dreams of being able to turn this voucher program into a large database that better describes the fungal diversity of the Telluride area.
Chefs Cookoff – The cookoff is one of the most exciting events of the festival. Chefs compete for best mushroom dish and festival attendees are able to sample all of the dishes. Past years have included Puffball Pistachio Ice Cream, Porcini Pancakes with Candycap Whipped Cream, and last year’s winner was a Chanterelle Custard Tart. Some of the plated presentations by the chefs resemble little gnome gardens and feature mushroom-themed decorations to garner audience favor and votes. Chefs travel from all over the United States to compete in this highly competitive and delicious event. Cowboys and Indians Magazine named the Telluride Mushroom Festival one of the 15 best foodie festivals in the West.
All attendees of the Telluride Mushroom Festival get a ticket to the Cookoff with their full pass. Members of the public can also acquire Cookoff tickets for only a suggested $10 donation, while supplies last. Visit www.telluridemushroomfest.org to purchase a ticket.
Parade – Each year festival attendees follow the “Shroompa” himself, Art Goodtimes, on a parade down Colorado Avenue exclaiming “WE LOVE MUSHROOMS”! Festival attendees don’t take the parade lightly, and many spend months planning their elaborate costumes. As 2014 Executive Director Rebecca Fyffe notes, “people bring extra suitcases just for their costumes and people are competitive all throughout the year saying ‘you better pick up your game because I’m already working on my costume.’”
Guided Mushroom Forays – Festival attendees have the opportunity to go on a guided foray each day to explore the fungi of the region with leading experts in the mycological community. The guides are what make the festival extra special, as famed mycologist and author Larry Millman explains, “foraging at any location depends on the expertise of the foragers, and the foragers at the Telluride Festival are world-class.”
Are you dying to try some of the best edible mushrooms in the country? Eugenia Bone notes that the Telluride area is the premier foraging spot of the Rocky Mountain region. The porcinis found in the area are considered to be one of the best edibles in North America and the chanterelles found in the area have an apricot flavor. Do you need help learning to slice, clean and cook your finds, too? After each foray, visit the free public cooking station in Elks Park, where experts are standing by to offer prep advice and show you how to cook your finds. Butter, spices, clean cutting boards, and knives are maintained there for your use.
Ecovative Workshop, $30 – Sue Van Hook is the Chief Mycologist at Ecovative, a company committed to using mycelium to create sustainable solutions to things like building materials and packaging. Sue will be leading workshops using Ecovative’s Grow-It-Yourself kits. Festival attendees will be able to start a kit on the Friday of the festival and watch them grow over the course of the festival. Attendees will then be able to take the kits home to continue the growing process.
Pre Conference Workshops (Wednesday August 12th)
Culinary Pre-Conference Workshops (Beginner and Advanced), $150 – Are you a little confused in the kitchen? Do you have an adventurous palette but no way to satisfy it with your sub-par cooking skills? Or do you know the basics, but want to kick your skills up a notch to make sure your in-laws enjoy your cooking this Thanksgiving? The festival is proud to host the dynamic mushroom duo of Nick Martinez and Graham Steinruck of Hunt and Gather, LLC. Nick and Graham come with a wealth of experience from award-winning Michelin-rated restaurants in Denver and Chicago.
All-Day Mycoremediation Workshop, $200 – Last year’s workshop was so successful that Tradd Cotter insisted it returns! This one day workshop on Mycoremediation covers all the basics and beyond, making the difficult or confusing possible, giving you the skill-set you need to organize, plan and install your own Mycoremediation project at home or anywhere in the world!
Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain, author of Organic Mushroom Cultivation and Mycoremediation, and Ron Spinosa, NAMA Cultivation Chair, will be assisted by San Juan Mycology team member Travis Custer, in teaching this integrated, hands-on approach to get you expanding biomass, training mycelium to “eat” pollutants, constructing a table-top filtration unit for testing, controlling erosion utilizing fungi, and scaling to larger installations. They will also install a small mycofilter in downtown Telluride for all to see! Make your mark and don’t miss this opportunity to take your knowledge to the next level to form a plan of action for planetary stewardship in your area.
All-Day Mushroom Cultivation Workshop, $200 – This is a perfect class for beginner to intermediate cultivators wishing to cultivate edible and medicinal mushrooms easily at home or on the farm. Intercropping mushroom species in gardens, landscapes, and in composting piles is an easy way to cultivate edible mushrooms while providing soil creation and biodiversity to harmonize microbial populations using organic methods of agriculture.
WildFoods Dinner with Katrina Blair $40 – Join forager and wild foods advocate, Katrina Blair, for a meal prepared from locally procured wild foods, as well as wholesome organic farmed items. Katrina will walk to the Telluride Mushroom Festival from Durango (a week-long hike) and collect much of the fare for the WildFoods Dinner on her way.
You won’t believe how amazing Katrina is! She gave a TEDxTalk called "13 Global Plants for Survival," and is the founder of the Local Wild Food Café at Turtle Lake Refuge. The dinner is sure to consist of delicious and elegantly prepared roots, mushrooms, berries, leaves, seeds and needles from evergreen trees, dandelions, amaranth, lamb’s-quarter, high-alpine bistort and plantain that you’ll have to try to believe. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet Katrina and enjoy living food from wild lands. Tickets are limited, so purchase early for this unique event.
Gourmet Dinners at La Marmotte – La Marmotte is joining forces again this year with the Telluride Mushroom Festival to offer a gourmet dinner featuring special guests, four delicious courses of mushroom foods, and wine pairings. Last year’s dinner included a delicious ending of local peach crumble with a huckleberry and chanterelle ice cream. Tickets to this unique event are $200 each and help support the continuation of the festival.
Early-Bird Foray with Lawrence Millman ($25) Wednesday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Difficulty rating: easy/leisurely.
Late-Bird Foray with Lawrence Millman ($25) Monday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Difficulty rating: easy/leisurely. Location: Convene at the Gondola Lot These pre- and post-festival forays will convene at the Gondola Lot (Telluride-side), at 2 p.m., and is a 2-hour walking tour without cars. Ethnomycologist Lawrence Millman will lead our group to the gondola, and we will ascend the mountain to his favorite foray spot. Some of the best parts of a Lawrence Millman foray are his focus on wood-inhabiting fungi and his wonderful storytelling about “what fungi are doing,” rather than just noting their binomial.
Stay tuned for additional programming.
Telluride Mushroom Festival Celebrates 35th Year with The Future of Fungi
The 35th annual Telluride Mushroom Festival celebrates The Future of Fungi
Thursday, August 13, 2015, through Sunday August 16, 2015.
In addition to a robust lineup of renowned experts and leaders in the field of mycology and related fields, the Telluride Mushroom Festival hosts gourmet mushroom dinners, hands- on workshops, a number of mushroom hikes (forays) throughout the festival, a festival MycoBeer, a festive and creative mushroom cook-off and a parade led by the ‘Shroompa’ Art Goodtimes.
Meet Eugenia Bone, Sue Van Hook, and Gary Lincoff – this year’s keynote speakers!
Eugenia Bone is a nationally known food journalist and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Denver Post. She is the author of five books including Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms, an Amazon best science book of 2011 and a finalist for a Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries award. She is the founder of Slow Food Western Slope in Colorado and the president of the New York Mycological Society. Eugenia lives in New York City and Western Colorado.
Sue Van Hook is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer. She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 40 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months per year. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University. For 18 years she taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and currently works as the Chief Mycologist for a new Green Tech company, Ecovative Design in Troy, NY.
Gary Lincoff is the author and editor of several books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden and has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world and is a past president of the North American Mycological Association. A fungal psychonaut and visionary who most recently starred in the award-winning film “Know Your Mushrooms” by Ron Mann of Toronto, Gary’s most recent book is The Complete Mushroom Hunter.
Tickets are on sale through EventBrite and can be found at this link: https://tmf35.eventbrite.com.au or through the festival website. Follow the Telluride Mushroom Festival on the web at: telluridemushroomfest.org on Facebook at facebook.com/TellurideMushroomFest and on Twitter @shroomfest.
The festival is sponsored by the Telluride Institute, an innovative non-profit organization that fosters the transition to a sustainable world.