Get ready for the fun(gi)! The Wine & Mushroom Festival begins soon

The Mendocino County Wine & Mushroom Festival features a number of delicious events throughout the county from Friday, November 5th to Sunday, November 14th. Here’s the scoop on all Fort Bragg events. Mark your calendar and get ready for the fun(gi)! Botanical Gardens Mushroom Walks Every week from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, November 1, 2010 […]
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The Mendocino County Wine & Mushroom Festival features a number of delicious events throughout the county from Friday, November 5th to Sunday, November 14th.

Here’s the scoop on all Fort Bragg events. Mark your calendar and get ready for the fun(gi)!

Botanical Gardens Mushroom Walks

Every week from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, November 1, 2010 through January 31, 2011

Join a staff mycologist on a weekly walk for mushrooms throughout the Garden.  Mushroom identification, biology, edibility, myths and the good times that all come along with a mushroom walk will be included. Warning: exposure to the mushroom world can be habit-forming! Weather permitting; come prepared for wet, off-trail hiking.  Free with Garden admission. 18220 North Highway One, Fort Bragg | 707.964.4352×16 | www.gardenbythesea.org

Ride with the hunt… the mushroom hunt!

Every day, throughout November, 10 am – 5 pm

Horseback trail riding through redwood forests and cattle ranches for novice through advanced riders with Ricochet Ridge Ranch.  Every horse will be fitted with saddle bags, and knowledgeable hunters will take home what they find.  Lodging package available with Hillhouse Inn of Mendocino.  888.873.5777 or 707.964.7669 | www.horse-vacation.com

Mushroom Madness Foray & Cooking Class

November 6, 10:30 am – 3 pm

Assaggiare Mendocino presents mushrooms with a local perspective.  Start with wild mushroom identification, followed by a cooking class and lunch with Julia Conway, local chef and owner.   $35.00/ person or $60.00/couple, reservations required, class size limited | 707.961.9787 | www.assaggiare.com

Frank R. Howard Foundation Wine & Mushroom Train

November 6, 10 am – 5 pm

(Depart from either Willits or Fort Bragg) – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Hop aboard the historic Skunk Train for a fun-filled day..  Destination Camp Mendocino where you’ll enjoy wine tasting with mushroom goodies served in the redwoods along the Noyo River and learn about mushrooms.    707.459.3047 | www.howardfoundation.org.

Mushroom Identification Workshop & Walk

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, November 6, 9:30 am – 12 pm

Ever wonder what the difference is between a toadstool and a mushroom? If these questions come to mind, this is the class for you. Naturalist Mario Abreu will have specimens and handouts to guide you in understanding the wild mushroom; class followed by a guided walk through the Garden (come prepared for all weather).  This popular class is limited to 20 people.  $10/person; $5.00/members. 18220 North Highway One, Fort Bragg | 707.964.4352×23 or x16 | www.gardenbythesea.org

Magic Mushroom Hors d’oeuvres at Sunset

Beachcomber Motel, November 6, 4 – 6:30 pm

Join us on the Captain’s Deck at The Beachcomber Motel on the Beach for a fabulous sunset and mushroom-themed appetizers prepared by Assaggiare Mendocino and paired with Handley Cellars wines.  $15.00/ person or $20.00/ couple.  Call ahead for festival pricing/packages/reservations.  1111 North Main Street, Fort Bragg | 800.400.SURF(7873) |www.thebeachcombermotel.com

Liquid Fusion Kayaking: Mushroom Paddle

Noyo Harbor, November 6, 7, 13 & 14, 11:00 am

Boletes, Agarics, Oysters . . . Oh MY!!! Explore the Noyo River and discover the magic of fall on a Mushroom Paddle.  Learn the basics of mushroom identification with a hands-on, pre-paddle mushroom lesson and then tour the calm waters of the Noyo River in search of wild mushrooms and other Noyo River wonders.  Our waterproof gear will keep you dry and warm.  The ease and comfort of our touring sea kayaks will allow you to relax and enjoy the quiet solitude of the Noyo River, fall scenery, colorful migratory ducks, and mysterious mushrooms.

This is a 3 hour guided adventure.  No previous kayaking experience is necessary and all kayaking equipment is provided including waterproof splashwear.  Reservations are required and tours run rain or shine.

Read Jolia Allen’s experiences of Mendocino Mushrooms including Day 3 on a Mushroom Paddle in the Vegetarian Times Blog.

Cost: $75/person

Accepted Methods of Payment: Visa, Mastercard, Cash, Local Checks

Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, November 13, 9:00 am – 12 pm

John Richardson, Noyo Hill Farms, Fort Bragg will be showing a low technology method for cultivating Oyster mushrooms on pasteurized straw. A method used by commercial cultivators throughout the world easily adapted to home production or small cultivators.  Hands-on workshop with everyone receiving an inoculated bag to bring home and produce mushrooms. Class limited to 20; $25.00/person.  18220 North Highway One, Fort Bragg | 707.964.4352×16 | www.gardenbythesea.org

Medicinal Mushrooms Workshop

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, November 14, 12 – 4 pm

Join Ryane Snow, PhD, local mushroom expert, and Classical Chinese Medicine Practitioner, for a fascinating look into the medicinal uses of mushrooms. $10/person, members half price!  Class size may be limited.  18220 North Highway One, Fort Bragg | 707.964.4352×13 or x16 | www.gardenbythesea.org

Wine & Mushroom Excursion Train

November 13, 10 am – 3 pm

Join us onboard for this annual tradition of excellent food and wine featuring wild mushrooms paired with Mendocino County wines.  Upon arrival at Northspur Station, you will have an opportunity to walk through the magnificent redwood forest with a resident mushroom expert seeking the mysterious and wonderful fungi.  Adults $70; Child $40.  866.45-SKUNK (457.5865) | www.SkunkTrain.com

Cost: Adults $70; Child $40

Symphony of the Redwoods

Cotton Auditorium, November 13, 8 pm and November 14, 2 pm

Wrap up your Wine & Mushroom adventure with the delicious sounds of Symphony of the Redwoods.  Allan Pollack conducts the orchestra in Dvorak’s 6th Symphony.  The concert begins with the exciting young pianist Theresa Yu, playing Gershwin’s Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” and Barber’s Violin Concerto with Soloist Dan Smiley.  Tickets $20; Seniors $18, Students free.  Cotton Auditorium, Fort Bragg | 707.964.0898 | www.symphonyoftheredwoods.org

Local Licks Live XVIII

Cotton Auditorium, November 20, 7:30 – 11 pm

Mendocino County’s premiere musical showcase – some of our finest musicians in all-acoustic concert with all proceeds benefiting Music In Schools and the restoration of Cotton Auditorium, the finest concert venue North of Santa Rosa. Artists tba. More info : thecoast@kozt.com or 1-800-39-COAST.

Cost: $15 Advance – $20 At the door

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