Starts Oct. 1
Long Beach readies for Mushroom FestivalFrom wines originating in truffle fields to bolete and brewery pairings, events during the 14th annual Wild Mushroom Celebration promise to serve up earthy and delectable delights. Held on Southwest Washington�s Long Beach Peninsula, from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15, the anticipated abundant bloom and wide variety of edible wild mushrooms will be exalted with mushroom-themed dinners, foraging and identification workshops, weekend getaways, menu specials, and more.
�Forecasts for plenty of rain later this month bode well for this year�s wild mushroom harvest,� said David Campiche, wild mushroom expert who grew up on the Long Beach Peninsula and owns and operates the Shelburne Inn, Restaurant & Pub with his wife, Laurie Anderson. �We look forward to sharing the bounty of one of the richest culinary regions in the Pacific Northwest during this fall�s celebration.�
Inspired by wine from grapes grown in truffle-inoculated vineyards, Chef Michael Lalewicz will team up with Willamette Valley�s Left Coast Cellars for The Depot�s 12th Annual Wild Mushroom Dinner, Oct. 2, at 7:30PM. Oxtail and porcini soup, black trumpet risotto, chanterelle pork loin, and a chocolate truffle stout cake will be paired with craft, estate and sustainable wines from Left Coast Cellars� Truffle Hill vineyard. Cost is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 360.642.7880.
The Shelburne Restaurant will present its sixth annual Wild Mushroom and Pike Brewing Co. Dinner on Oct. 23 at 7PM. Co-hosted by Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, Pike Brewing Co. founders, Shelburne chefs will artfully pair a variety of beers such as Pike Tinkertown Tart, Pike Harlot�s Harvest Pumpkin Ale and Pike Wood-Aged Kilt Lifter with courses featuring locally harvested wild mushrooms � wild rice & wild mushroom arancini, smoked salmon salad and pickled mushrooms, wild mushroom ragout, David�s homemade wild mushroom sausage, and a porcini avocado mousse. Cost is $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Call 360.642.4150 for reservations.
Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn, Long Beach, will present Boreas� Wild Mushroom Celebration Special, Nov. 13 through 15. The package features a four-course Wild Mushroom and Wine Pairing Dinner, Nov. 14, at The Depot Restaurant and a five-course Wild Mushroom Sunday Brunch with forager Veronica Williams, All Wild. Exclusively to Boreas guests, a private foraging with Veronica has also been arranged. For package details and reservations, please call 360.642.8069.
For those wishing to learn how to identify and gather edible mushrooms, Fort Stevens State Park, across the Astoria-Megler Bridge in Hammond, Oregon, will offer programs and short hikes covering the identification, regulations and uses of wild mushrooms. Dates are Sept. 27, Oct. 3, 17, and 24, and Nov. 8, 14 and 28. Parking fee is $5 per vehicle. Mushroom identification hikes will be held on Sept. 30, Oct. 4, 11, 14, 21, and 25, and Nov. 10, 15 and 29, at 1PM. For more information, please contact Ranger Dane Osis at 503.861.3170 (ext. 41) or email email@example.com.
Other Wild Mushroom Celebration highlights include the following:
A three-course Wild Mushroom Chef�s Tasting Menu beginning Oct. 1 at Pickled Fish. Paired with a craft cocktail, wine or beer, the special will showcase wild mushrooms, cranberries and other local harvests.
Throughout October, Jimella & Nanci�s Market Cafe, Ocean Park, will feature wild mushrooms in nightly specials. v Oct. 2 at 3PM, lifetime forager, Veronica Williams, owner, All Wild, will give a free, table-talk on identifying edible mushrooms, the how to of foraging, as well as the do�s and don�ts at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market, downtown Long Beach. Wild mushrooms and other foraged fare will be available for purchase.
42nd Street Caf� and Bistro will celebrate wild mushrooms on Oct. 23 and 24 with local wild mushrooms at breakfast and a multi-course dinner of dishes featuring local wild mushrooms, prix fixe and a la carte.
The Shelburne Restaurant�s Wild Mushroom and Wine Dinner with Terra Blanca Vintners will take place on Nov. 6.
The Cove Restaurant will include a wild mushroom dinner every Friday and Saturday evening and Lost Roo will offer a wild mushroom burger throughout the Celebration.
Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn will feature wild mushrooms three or more times a week in the gourmet breakfasts served to overnight guests throughout the Celebration.
Wild mushroom books will be available at Time Enough Books, at the Port of Ilwaco, and Adelaide�s Coffee & Books, Ocean Park.
For event and visitor information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access www.funbeach.com.
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