For over 30 years, Stamets has named new mushroom species, pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation, and written six ground-breaking books, including his latest – Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.
His achievements include a Bioneers Award from the Collective Heritage Institute, National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Green-Novator Award, Argosy Foundation’s E-chievement Award, and the President’s Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration’s Northwest Chapter. In 2008 he was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World.”
Other confirmed speakers include Shroomfest’s chief mycologist and myco-philosopher Gary Lincoff, who teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, has written a number of definitive mushroom field guides, and is the featured myco-visionary in the award-winning documentary Know Your Mushrooms (http://garylincoff.com); Michael Beug, renowned mycologist and retired teacher at Evergreen State College (Stamets was his student); festival founder Emanuel Salzman; Cordyceps expert and Tibetan Plateau guide Daniel Winkler (http://www.danielwinkler.com/id145.htm); Fungi magazine editor Britt Bunyard (www.fungimag.com); Fungi columnist David Rose; myco-wildcrafter Katrina Blair; cultivation expert Scott Koch; myco-researcher Elinoar Shavit; mushroom-identification experts Bill Adams and Linnea Gillman; junior mycologist Devon Enke; Know Your Mushrooms star Larry Evans; foray experts John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin and Ruby Siegel, and many more to be announced.
The four-day destination event “celebrates everything fungal and entheogenic,” and features workshops, panels, lectures, slideshows, movies, cooking demonstrations, a free identification tent, cook-your-own tables, forays, poetry, music and its famed mushroom parade down Telluride’s main street.
Shroomfest is a project of the Telluride Institute, with the help of the Zoline Family Foundation, Wilkinson Library, Telluride’s CCAASE, Palm Theatre, San Miguel County, Alpine Lodging, Telluride Watch and Alpine Wellness.
For more info and advance discount tickets, visit www.shroomfest.com.