The Fungus Fair Is This Sunday

It's been a pretty rainy year, so there'll probably be some pretty cool ones.

A ramaria in Mendocino. (Mycology Society of San Francisco)

Mycologists, fungi-philes, and asexually reproducing spore-people, take note! This Sunday, Dec. 4, the Mycology Society of San Francisco‘s 47th Annual Fungus Fair turns the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park into a veritable shroomatorium for a day of entertainment surrounding the mysterious fruiting bodies of Kingdom Fungi.

Because the Bay Area is home to so many delicious (as well as highly toxic) species, and also a large foraging community, you can learn a lot about the world around you. Deadly things are out there, so be warned! Scientists and volunteers — along with local universities — help to organize and identify all the specimens, and there will be chef demos of dishes like matsutakes and roasted cauliflower in coriander cream, or sauteed caramel candy cap pears and dentelles. (Candy caps, if you didn’t know, taste like maple syrup.) And you can buy some soups, as well.

The experts will help you determine what species grow in your yard — should you bring some samples in — while educating you about cultivation, medical uses, how to use mushrooms to dye fabric, and “myco-remediation,” the science of using fungi to clean up soil contaminants. Since we all know you have questions about psilocybin and other hallucinatory agents, yes, they will answer those too. Happy shrooming!

Tickets are $10 or even less, and can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the door.

The 2016 MSSF Annual Fungus Fair, Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, mssf.org.

 

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