As the flavors of fall arrive in Northern California’s Mendocino County, so does the annual crop of coveted candy cap, chanterelle, porcini and morel mushrooms. With nearly 2,500 square miles of live oak, pygmy forests and stately redwood groves, the region is a natural hotspot for some 3,000 mushroom varieties, and the 15th annual Mushroom Wine & Beer Fest Nov. 7-16 promises nirvana for mycologists, chefs and fungi foragers. Also in the mix will be nearly 100 wineries and a formidable array of craft beer and hard cider. Visitors can tap into a variety of adventures from mushroom hunts by horseback, foraging excursions, Pinot and porcini menus, educational seminars, art exhibits and the annual Skunk Train trek and cook-off deep in the Noyo River forest.
Details: www.visitmendocino.com/mushroom-wine-and-beer-festival or 866-466-3636.