New organizers wanted for annual Fungi Fest

Sicamous’ Fungi Festival is at risk of folding unless new organizers can be found.

Mycologist Paul Kroeger was a regular teacher and tour guide during past Fungi Fests.

Sicamous’ Fungi Festival is at risk of folding unless new organizers can be found.

For more than a decade, the annual September festival has been a popular draw in the community, offering fungi enthusiasts an opportunity to seek out and learn more about the various wild mushroom varieties that grow in the region, dine on mouthwatering mushroom-based meals, listen to music and share a unique Shuswap experience.

This would have been the festival’s 11th year; however, organizers are backing away from the event, hopeful someone might step forward to take it over.

“We’ll give them all the help and the information and the contact numbers,” said organizer Peter Steiner.

Asked why they’re not pursuing a 2015 festival, Steiner said he and fellow organizers are too busy, that it takes too much of their time and it isn’t fun for them anymore.

“We did it for 10 years and we’d be happy if someone else wants to take it over,” said Steiner.

Anyone interested in fostering the next Fungi Festival is welcome to contact Steiner at 250-804-6496.