2014 Telluride Mushroom Fest (August 16th - 19th) and Pre-Conference Workshops (August 15th)
Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11:00 PM (MDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The 33rd Telluride Mushroom Festival--August 16 through August 19, 2014--with Pre-Conference Workshops on August 15th, 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 land like oil spills and agricultural run off. This four day event covers it all!
The following is a small sampling of the events we are organizing for next summer. Stay tuned!
Telluride Mushroom Festival 2014 Manages to Conduct Serious Science During the World’s Biggest Mushroom Party!
Topics Range From the Psychedelic Renaissance to Using Fungi as Medicine
The 33rd annual Telluride Mushroom Festival will commence with a fungal-themed invocation when Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlain (an adopted Yaqui elder) strikes the opening notes on a crystal singing bowl on Saturday, August 16, at the Michael D. Palm Theater in Telluride at 9 a.m. Poet Art Goodtimes, and forager and author Gary Lincoff will join “Lightning Heart” on stage to welcome the Telluride Mushroom Festival’s audience to the 4-day conference, which includes events on foraging, gourmet mushrooms, medicinal mushrooms used to treat and prevent cancer, and mycoremediation used to clean up the environment.
The lobby of the Palm Theater will be transformed into a Science Center and vendor fair where the public may enter free to taste snack foods made of mushrooms, meet scientists who are extracting DNA from fungi, and sample coffees, teas and health supplements made from mushrooms. This free, public area will also feature make-your-own oyster mushroom growing kits, while supplies last, and will be open for the duration of the festival, from Saturday, August 16 until the evening of Tuesday, August 19. A special 30-minute give-away will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m., when vendors are encouraged to hand out goodies to the public. One does not need to purchase a ticket to the Telluride Mushroom Festival to enjoy this free exhibit and demonstration space.
The Wilkinson Public Library will team with the Telluride Mushroom Festival to host the annual Mushroom Cookoff, where famous chefs compete to win, and you must taste and judge them all to decide whose dish is best. Every attendee of the Telluride Mushroom Festival gets a ticket to the Cookoff with their pass, but the public can purchase Cookoff tickets (only $7) while supplies last at www.telluridemushroomfest.org . The Cookoff takes place on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. on South Pine between the Library and Smuggler's Brew Pub (street closure). The family event features entertainment and vendor booths, but the stars of the show are the mushrooms themselves as they sizzle and pop with flavor. Some of the plated presentations by the chefs resemble little gnome gardens and feature mushroom-themed decorations to garner audience favor and votes.
Lectures at the Palm
Each of the festival’s four days features expert lectures from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Palm Theater, with a keynote address by a noteworthy presenter each evening. Langdon Cook, author of Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, is the winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and the Seattle Times described his writing as “lyrical, practical and quixotic.” Cook is interested in people who live at the intersection of food and nature. “This gives me a chance to follow multiple threads that intrigue me: wild foods, foraging, natural history, environmental politics, outdoor sports, adventure travel, etc.,” says Cook. His lecture Saturday at 7:15 p.m. is about the men and women--many of them immigrants from war-torn countries, migrant workers, or refugees from the Old Economy--who bring wild mushrooms to market.
On Sunday, mycologist John Holliday will deliver the 7:15 p.m. keynote on Cordyceps (Medicinal Fungi) and their Mechanism of Action. Holliday, is vice-president of the International Society for Medicinal Mushrooms and asserts that medicinal mushrooms have an established history of use in traditional oriental therapies, and contemporary research has validated much of the ancient knowledge. His lecture will discuss the interdisciplinary field of medicinal mushrooms and the unique and potent properties they contain. Holliday has designed many successful human trials, including those utilizing mushrooms as an adjunct treatment of advanced stages of Cancer.
Taylor Lockwood, whose stunning images of glowing fungi graced National Geographic and turned thousands of readers on to the wonder of mushrooms, will deliver the Monday evening talk at 7:15. His lecture will be followed by the Telluride debut of the film, Spirits of the Forest, about Lockwood's worldwide search for bioluminescent and other exotic mushrooms, and features the gorgeous wilds of Brazil, Madagascar, China, the USA, New Zealand, and Australia.
Gary Lincoff discusses the joy of foraging on Tuesday evening at 7:15. He is author of several books, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Lincoff will reflect on his early years with Euell Gibbons, and through his stories, will allow us an intimate look into his life spent foraging.
Other noteworthy lectures include “Closing Pandora's Box: Fungal Solutions to Pollution, Pandemics, and Global Starvation by Tradd Cotter,” and a talk by Maggie Klinedinst, a researcher at Johns Hopkins, who will explain their findings that controlled magic mushroom use is safe and has lasting benefits. Klinedinst’s unit is currently conducting a trial investigating the use of psilocybin to 1) ameliorate depression and anxiety in individuals diagnosed with cancer; 2) help people to quit smoking; 3) examine the benefits in religious professionals; and 4) examine the effects on long-term meditators and their brains. The talk will consider aspects of the past research, its implications, and where the field of psychedelic research is headed.
Alissa Allen’s MycoPigments
In a workshop entitled “Pick Mushrooms and Dye with Alissa Allen,” learn the simple steps for extracting the color rich pigments found in wild mushrooms and use them to dye wool and silk. At the end of the class you will have a beautiful rainbow of mushroom and lichen dyed yarn and the recipes used to achieve the colors. All material are provided by Allen, including scarves to dye and wild-harvested mushrooms to render. This class is offered during the TMF for only $85, at 3 different times, each limited to only 20 participants. This class is 2 to 3 hours and is offered in a commercial kitchen and workshop space on Friday, Sunday and Monday, but space is limited to only 20 participants each session, so please secure your tickets in advance on the ticket page.
Gourmet DinnerGourmet Mushroom Dinner: Friday, August 15th at 7:30 p.m. (4-course prix fixe meal paired with wines), $200
Join celebrity guest Gary Lincoff for a one of a kind culinary "mushroom dining experience" created by master chef, Mark Reggiannini, at La Marmotte, one of Telluride's premier restaurants. Friday, August 15th at 7:30 p.m. (4-course prix fixe meal paired with wines). This is beautiful "al fresco" dining on the restaurant's elegant patio. La Marmotte Restaurant, 150 San Juan Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435,970.728.6232 email@example.com / www.lamarmotte.com
In collaboration with Telluride Brewing Company and Mushroom Mountain, the Telluride Mushroom Festival has commissioned the creation of award-winning MycoBrew, beer that has been infused with a laboratory grade medicinal extract of three powerful medicinal mushrooms at a therapeutic doses. Turkey Tail, Chaga, and Reishi Mushrooms, all well known for their amazing health-stimulating properties, have been added to a select number of kegs and offered at participating restaurants all festival long. To find these brews and locate the restaurants serving them, you can visit www.telluridemushroomfest.org for an interactive map that and enjoy refreshing MycoBrew at some of Telluride’s best dining locations!
Sure, one could learn to identify edible mushroom and plants from a book, but that’s not the way it’s been done for eons in our human history. “Mushroom hunting can reconnect us with our evolutionary roots as hunter-gatherers and give us a deeper awareness of our environment,” says America’s most renown forager Gary Lincoff. Join foraging experts, including Lincoff, Lawrence Millman, Noah Siegel, Langdon Cook and Katrina Blair for edible harvesting and ID tours of varying lengths and focuses. There are many available each day to choose from, and a schedule can be found on the Telluride Mushroom Festival web site. Is its aroma lemony? Peppery? Fishy? Spermatic? Does the underside stain blue? Does the stipe have scabbards (black scales) indicating an Aspen Bolete, or is the stem cream-colored indicative of the gourmet Porcini? Learn these tips and more. 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.
Elks Park Science Tent
According to Rebecca Fyffe, the 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 filterpaper to preserve the fungal DNA.
“When you see hundreds of festival participants dressed as mushrooms in our epic annual costume parade, you’ll have no idea that serious science is taking place beneath a public tent a few feet away,” said Matt Kostalek, vice-president of Aloha Medicinals. Kostalek and chief-scientific-advisor John Holliday, the internationally renowned mycologist at the helm of Aloha Medicinals, have offered a grant of over $10,000 to fund the Telluride Institute Voucher Program science tent where DNA specimens of mushrooms will be prepared in Elk’s Park during this year’s Mushroom Festival.
Anthropologist and author Lawrence Millman says of the program, “The DNAing of voucher specimens is an excellent idea, for -- in addition to the usual reasons -- it will show the world that the Telluride Mushroom Festival is serious and scientific rather than, in the minds of many mycophiles, simply a celebration of shrooms (Psilocybes etc) in all their brain-altering glory.”
Gary Lincoff, who is the author of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, will join John Holliday to co-lead the Voucher Program. “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,” Lincoff says of his hope for the Voucher Program.
Lincoff laid the groundwork for the Voucher Program with mycologist Linnea Gillman, who has entered more Western Slope mushrooms into herbaria than anyone else. This year, Lincoff invited his friend and colleague, mycologist Noah Siegel to assist with the Voucher Program, “You have hundreds of people in the woods collecting mushrooms, and a good deal of these mushrooms they collect are undescribed; "new to science,” so here is an opportunity to take advantage of these Citizen Scientists,” says Siegel, who is excited about the open-air science tent.
This year’s Mushroom Festival is expected to sell out, so please reserve your festival pass online in advance. As always, children under age 12 are FREE and a 15 percent discount on lodging is available through Telluride Alpine Lodging.
Each day will also feature Guided Mushroom Forays, expert lectures and additional culinary events. There is a MycoBrew Mushroom Beer Release Party on Friday, August 15, and pre-conference workshops in Cultivation and Mycoremediation offered as day-long sessions on Friday too. Full event passes are available at telluridemushroomfest.orgPlease email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. STAY TUNED!
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NOTE: After June 1, 2014, we will only be able to offer 50% refund for cancellations.