Wild Mushroom Festival – 13-15 October 2017

Activity Quadra Island Wild Mushroom Festival
Location Opening presentation (Heriot Bay Inn), collecting trips (various spots),   Identification workshop (Quadra Community Centre)
Date 13-15 October 2017, Friday to Sunday
Event Coordinator Darcy Mitchell with Marian McMeekin
Contact Info mitchelldarcy51@gmail.com, telephone: 778-716-7124
Description This is a preliminary description – details will be available in early September.

Opening presentation – Friday evening, October 13 at the Heriot Bay Inn. Informative and entertaining introduction to the world of wild mushrooms by Dr. Shannon Berch, accompanied by delicious mushrooms appies.

Collecting forays – Saturday, October 14, departing from the Quadra Community Centre. Guided field trips to find the greatest possible variety of mushrooms and other fungi.

Identification Workshop – Sunday, October 15 (morning) Dr. Shannon Berch presents a workshop on Identifying Quadra’s Wild Mushrooms.

Stay tuned for more information, including costs and registration details.

Costs details to follow

Trip Report – Mushroom Hike – 12 Oct 2016

A dozen club members and guests enjoyed the sunny if cool weather to check out the mushrooms growing along Community Centre trails. After a brief discussion about how to properly collect specimens, we headed out in two groups to collect as many types of fungi as we could find. We then assembled at Marian McMeekin’s home to eat our packed lunches and spread out our finds for identification. (We also enjoyed two mushroom appetizers – Chanterelles Ajillo (a garlicky spicy treat) and a Chanterelle/Walnut pate).

With the help of Marian and Hanna Lewandowski, several mushroom field guides and the identification program “Matchmaker”, we identified a good number of the specimens found, including several edibles (pine mushrooms, chanterelles, milkcaps and honey mushrooms).   It was an interesting and enjoyable day.

Darcy

Naturalist – Mushroom Hike – 12 Oct 2016

Quadra Island Mushroom Festival

Quadra Island Wild Mushroom Forays – Schedule and Guidelines

Note: Participants must register with payment for the events so we know how many people to plan for. Contact Heriot Bay Inn at 250-285-3322 or http://www.heriotbayinn.com

 Dates:

Foray – Saturday, October 4 – Participants must register and pay by September 26, 2014.

Saturday Schedule:

 9:30 a.m. – meet in the parking lot of the Quadra Community Centre for a 10 a.m. departure (car pooling)

3:30 p.m. – everybody back from the field – bring specimens to Room 3, Quadra Community Centre

The purpose of the foray is to collect specimens for identification for use in the Sunday workshops, with emphasis on edible species.

There will be several foray locations. Each group of 2 vehicles will be assigned to an initial location; each owner/driver is responsible for his/her passengers. Each group of vehicles will have a foray leader. Drivers must register with the overall foray coordinator before leaving and check in upon return. All foray participants must sign QI Outdoor Club waivers before heading out. It is strongly suggested that each group of vehicles change location after 2 hours (or less) to give everyone a chance to visit at least 2 spots. Participants should check in with their foray leaders each half hour to reduce the chance of people wandering too far or getting misplaced. PLEASE HUNT IN PAIRS – NO LONERS.

Foray locations with maps will be distributed to participants at the meeting place on foray dates.

Equipment and clothing list

  • Rain gear and boots, hat
  • Whistle
  • Compass or GPS
  • Full water bottle
  • Packed lunch
  • Basket or bucket
  • Knife
  • Paper bags and roll of wax paper for collecting
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small first aid kit (e.g. bandaids)

Each vehicle should have a blanket and towel and a first aid kit.

 

Quadra Island Mushroom Festival

 

Quadra Island Mushroom Festival
Fall 2014

Sponsored by the Quadra Island Mushroom Club, the Heriot Bay Inn, the Quadra Island Outdoor Club, and the Quadra Recreation Society.

What, where and when?

Part 1 – Chanterelle appetizers followed by a presentation on local wild mushrooms by noted mycologist Dr. Shannon Berch.

Friday, October 3, 7 p.m. in Heron’s at the Heriot Bay Inn

Cost – $25.00 per person

Part 2 – Guided collecting forays and mushroom identification workshops.

Saturday, October 4, 9:30 at the parking lot, Quadra Community Centre, return by 3:30 and bring specimens to room 3 (upstairs) at the Community Centre.

Sunday, October 5, 10 a.m. to noon – Introduction to wild mushroom identification,   12:30 to 2:00 – Intermediate mushroom identification. Both sessions with mycologists Shannon Berch and Sharmin Gamiet. Room 3 (upstairs) at the Community Centre.

Cost – $55 per person

Register for either or both parts by calling the Heriot Bay Inn at 285-3322.

A list of ‘things to bring” for Part 2 will be posted on the Outdoor Club and HBI websites by early September.

Call early – space is limited. Refunds can be made up to 48 hours before the event.

Note: further guided field trips are planned for October and November.
Check the Quadra Island Outdoor Club schedule for dates to be announced.

Questions?
Contact Darcy Mitchell at 250 285 2739 or email darcm@telus.net

 

 

 

 

 

Mushroom Cuisine Lovers Eat Local Wild!

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Mushroom Cuisine Lovers Eat Local Wild!

Mushroom Trail Chefs at our local restaurants are busy preparing delicious mushroom cuisine. Recipes were submitted  by Quadra Islanders. Each Chef selected  recipe/s to offer on their menu during the  weekends of: Oct 26 – 27 and  Nov 2 – 3.

Follow the Mushroom Trail, taste the mushroom delights! Plus – at that time you can place your name in a draw for a prize.  Participating restaurants are : HBI, Cafe Aroma, Gowlland Harbour Resort & Kameleon.

Congratulations to everyone who submitted such delicious  recipes. The chosen recipe winners are:

  • Barry Hodgson (Chanterelle Soup) served @ Gowlland Resort.
  • Joan Brears (Steak, Guinness & Chanterelle Pie) served at HBI.
  • Darcy Mitchell (Chanterelle & Walnut Pate) served at HBI
  • Smokey Dymny (Mushroom Burger) served @ Kameleon.

Huge thanks to the Chefs & the Restaurants for taking part in  this event!

Greatly appreciated,
The Quadra Island Mushroom & Outdoor Clubs

Local Wild Mushroom Delights – Oct26-27 and Nov2-3

The Mushroom Club will be sponsoring Local Wild Mushroom Delights at Quadra restaurants during the weekends of October 26-27 & November 2-3.

Quadra Islanders are sharing their favourite wild mushroom recipes with a number of the restaurants on the island. The Chefs will choose a recipe and present it on their menu.

There are prizes to be won for the recipe winners, plus a draw will be made after the weekend of November 2nd for guests who purchased a wild mushroom meal at one of the restaurants.

Take time to taste these delights and give us your feedback.

Quadra Island Wild Mushroom Forays – Schedule and Guidelines

Quadra Island Wild Mushroom Forays – Schedule and Guidelines

Note:  Participants must register with payment for the events so we know how many people to plan for.  Contact Maureen McDowell at mcboas@gicable.com or at (250) 285-2221.

Dates:
Foray 1 – Saturday, October 19 – Participants must register and pay by Monday, October 14.
Foray 2 – Saturday, November 2 – Participants must register and pay by Monday, October 28.

Schedule (both days)

 9:30 a.m. – meet in the parking lot of the Quadra Community Centre for a 10 a.m. departure (car pooling)

2:30 p.m. – everybody back from the field – bring specimens to Room 3, Quadra Community Centre (upstairs) to identify what we can

5:00 p.m. – event ends

The purpose of the foray is to collect specimens for identification, with emphasis on safe edible species

There will be several foray locations.  Each group of 2 vehicles will be assigned to an initial location; each owner/driver is responsible for his/her passengers. Each group of vehicles will have a foray leader.  Drivers must register with the overall foray coordinator before leaving and check in upon return.  All foray participants must sign QI Outdoor Club waivers before heading out.  It is strongly suggested that each group of vehicles change location after 2 hours (or less) to give everyone a chance to visit at least 2 spots.  Participants should check in with their foray leaders each half hour to reduce the chance of people wandering too far or getting misplaced.  PLEASE HUNT IN PAIRS – NO LONERS.

Foray locations with maps will be distributed to participants at the meeting place on foray dates.

 Equipment and clothing list        

  • Rain gear and boots, hat
  • Whistle
  • Compass or GPS
  • Full water bottle
  • Packed lunch
  • Basket or bucket
  • Knife
  • Paper bags and roll of wax paper for collecting
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small first aid kit (e.g. bandaids)

Each vehicle should have a blanket and towel and a first aid kit.