Monday, September 21, 2015
Not the FIRST Mushroom festival in Rockwood but a first for us. We heard about it rather last minute but not too late that we couldn't go. Besides, we are always up for a 14km road trip. It rained, but if that wouldn't matter to a mushroom, why should it matter to us? Wellies on and away we went.
For the second year, held on the Village Green at St. George's Anglican Church, in the town of Rockwood, Ontario, the festival showcases local mushroom farms, foragers, local purveyors of mushroom goodies, chefs/restos and some of the local nature clubs. Local artisans had a few stalls for the art or trinket inclined and there was a main stage kept busy with a line-up of local talent. It's a perfect blend for a family day out.
Also present on the day were Lifford Wine agents, pouring some delicious handpicked selections to pair with mushroom fare, and Guelph's newest 'nano' brewery, Royal City.
If you're in the neighbourhood in September (or even if you're not), plan to make a day of it sampling fantastic food and demos from some of the areas best chef talent and perfectly paired bevvies. You can even buy some local mushrooms for your own kitchen creations or register for a walk in the nearby Conservation area looking for edible wild treasures. Don't miss out, come and discover one of Ontario's great little festivals. Also on FB.
Andiamo alla Festa di Funghi!