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FungiFest 2019

Fungifest is fast approaching! This is a big event which we put on every 2-3 years,inviting the public to a grand celebration of all things fungal. We hope to turn people on to the many ways that fungi enhance our lives, and the planet, and to dispel some of the enduring and dangerous myths about mushrooms.

This year we are going back to Warren Wilson College (WWC), after an 2-year absence. There’ll be a grand mushroom display, educational displays, classes, walks, vendors and more. You can purchaae tickets on Eventbrite.

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Event Details

When: Saturday, August 31. 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC.

Entrance fees: Adults $10, Students & AMC Members $5, Children 5 & under and WWC students FREE.

Classes: $20 for the general public, $15 for AMC members.

Mushroom walks: $15 for the general public, $10 for AMC Members.

Schedule

More details regarding classes and mushroom walks can be seen when purchasing tickets on Eventbrite.

9:30 am
General admission starts
10:00-11:00am
Class: “How Mushroom Hunting Can Save the World" - Alan Muskat
11:00am-Noon
Mushroom Walk #1 - Mike Hopping
11:00am-Noon
Class: "Medicinal Polypore Mushrooms" - Marc Williams from Botany Everyday
1:00-2:00pm
Mushroom Walk #2 - Jonathan Horton
1:00-2:00pm
Class: “Western North Carolina Local Mushrooms” - Rytas Vilgalys
1:30-2:30pm
Class: "Unraveling the potential health promoting properties of fungi at the University of Tennessee" - John Munafo
2:00-3:00pm
Class: (Tentative)Topic TBD - Coleman McCleneghan
3:00-4:30pm
Class: “Dozen Easy to ID mushrooms” - Frank Hyman
3:30-4:30pm
Class: “Mushrooming 101” - Mike Hopping

Driving Directions

From Asheville; take I-40 E to exit 55. Turn left then right on US 70. After 1.7 miles turn left on Warren Wilson Rd (look for Fungifest sign) and drive another 1.8 miles, past the South and North Entrance, and turn left into the Kittredge parking area. If this is full, there will be signs to an overflow parking area. Pedestrian signs will guide you to Fungifest in the Bryson Building.

AMC Members

We still need more volunteers to collect mushrooms before the event and for a few simple tasks on August 30th & 31st. Please contact Rebecca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help. AMC Volunteers get free entrance to the event.