TELLURIDE – The 32nd Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival, Thursday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 18, offers presentations and workshops on all things mycological including identification, cultivation, medicine and food.
A special benefit dinner, A Fungi Farm-to-Table Celebration, will take place on Wednesday, August 14, when Chef Blakely Stein of Lady Love Food hosts an intimate celebration of local, seasonal foods and cocktails. This event will feature exclusive edible and medicinal mushroom tastings, a cooking demonstration, a cocktail hour with appetizers, and a decadent farm-to-table mushroom dinner with live music and local libations. Advance registration at shroomfest.com, is required as space is very limited. Tickets cost $100.
The festival hosts a Chef's Cook-Off Street Party on South Pine St., Friday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., twith chefs competing for the People's Choice Award, the Judge's Choice and the Chef's Toque awards. Expect live music and nonprofit organizations’ informational booths. Smugglers Brewery will host an artisan Beer and Cheese Pairing with Jackie Rebideau, a cheesemaker and founder of the Colorado Cheese Festival, who will pair gourmet cheeses with Smugglers Brewery immune-boosting mycobrews – the medicinal mushroom infused beers produced in partnership between TMF and Smugglers. Tickets for this event will be available during the festival at the box office, at $25 for non-passholders (and free to passholders, but with advanced registration required for all).
On Sunday, Aug. 18, at 12:30 p.m., TMF offers a Vibrant Living Cooking Class with Chef Blakely Stein. This is a rare opportunity to learn how to cook wholesome gourmet food. Classically trained at The French Culinary Institute, Stein offers healing through delicious food. Stein emphasizes the importance of becoming present through whole living foods by teaching quick and easy recipes that are nutritionally and spiritually charged. Tickets are $45, which includes a full meal. Seating for this event is limited; register at shroomfest.com, where passes are on sale ($160 for a full pass). Tickets to individual events will be available during the festival at the Palm Theater Box Office for $10-$20. For more information, visit shroomfest.com or email email@example.com.