Fungus Fair 2018 - Program Schedule

The Fungus Fair has two main speaking venues: the main room (Room 3) is where you'll find our headliners and cooking demonstrations. Entry passes to the main room will be available outside the room 30 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

A smaller lecture room (Room 1) down the hall has informative and educational talks about mushrooms, given by local, knowledgeable mycologists. The schedule for these rooms is listed below.

Visit the Kid's Room (Room 7) mushroom activities such as clay sculpture, water colors, face painting, and making mushroom dyed fabric. Join us Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 4:00.

You can also ask questions about mushrooms you have brought to the fair in the main auditorium at the mushroom identification table, staffed by our best identification experts.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Room 3

1:30 - 3:00 Professor Terry Henkel, Humboldt State University Gaps are good: fungi and forest dynamics in Nothern Californa
3:30 - 4:30

Todd Spanier, California Truffle Orchards

Black Gold - A discussion of tast of the world's most prized mushroom
5:00 - 9:39

After Hours Mushroom Dinner - separate admission

Chef Chad Hyatt pairing with winemaker Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard and Live Music by George Heagerty and Never the Same

Details and Reservations

Room 1

1:15-2:15         Henry Young, Mushroom Toxicity                 

2:30-3:30         Phil Carpenter, An Introduction to Mushroom Identification

3:45-4:45         Bob Wynn, Tips and Techniques for Cooking With Mushrooms   


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Room 3

11:00 - 12:30 Christopher Hobbs Mushroom Medicine:  Science and controversies of mushroom products
1:00 - 2:30 Panel with Professor Terry Henkel, Noah Siegel and Christian Schwartz The value of old growth forest in fungal conservation
3:00 - 4:00

Chef John Paul Lechtenberg, Hollins House Restaurant, Santa Cruz pairing with owner and winemaker Frank Virgil of De Vincenzi Cellars

Cooking Demonstration

Room 1

10:30-11:30       Douglas Smith, Local Edible Wild Mushroom Basics

1:30-2:30           Cassandra Fuentes, Growing Oysters on Toilet Paper Rolls:  A Beginning Cultivators's Workshop

2:45-3:45           Henry Young, Mushroom Toxicity

4:00-5:00           Christian Schwarz, Tales From The Cryptograms: Alternative Lifestyles In The Kingdom of Fungi


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Room 3

11:00 - 12:30 Professor Terry Henkel, Humbolt State University Fungi as food and drink:  ethnomycology of tropical indigenous peoples
1:00 - 2:30 Christopher Hobbs Medicinal Mushrooms - Properties and diversity of cooked mushrooms for health.
3:00 - 4:00

Chef John Walla, Heartical Foods, Santa Cruz

Cooking Demonstration

Room 1

10:30-11:30          Noah Siegel, Common Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of California

12:00-1:00            Justin Pierce, An Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation

1:30-2:30              Douglas Smith, The Mushrooms of Los Trancos, A Local Open Space Area

3:00-4:00              Alan Rockefeller, Mushrooms of Mexico