Celebrate the mushroom at this weekend’s festival

The Sicamous and Shuswap Lake Wild Mushroom and Food Festival goes this weekend at the Red Barn.

The first annual Sicamous and Shuswap Lake Wild Mushroom and Food Festival was held in 2005. Participants enjoyed identifying and picking wild mushrooms, watching evening presentations, and attending workshops.

The 2012 Festival will be offering even more. Activities will guide people to identify and actually pick wild mushrooms, and have a gourmet experience in the Shuswap.

This festival week will provide exciting guided tours every day, until Sunday, including walking tours.

There will be many different forms of entertainment to keep everyone having fun. Everything from presentations, workshops, vendors and exhibitors, informative slide shows and a live stage including beer gardens.

There will be a wild mushroom cooking class on Saturday at noon, presented by Ellen and Colin of Narrows Village.

Feature presentations will be by Paul Kruger, a foremost identifier of psychedelic mushrooms and Daniel Winkler, who will talk about mushrooming in the Amazon, Tibet and the Pacific Northwest.

These will all be showcased during the Weekend Fungi Festival, Sept. 21 – 23, at the Red Barn in Sicamous.

Each day and into the evening there will be live entertainment at the Red Barn.

For reservations or more information, call 250-836-2220 or email narrows@telus.net. Information is also available at www.fungifestival.com.