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Telluride Mushroom Festival Celebrates All Things Funghi


Telluride is a small town with a big personality. It has a quirky character that celebrates everything from film to wine to mushrooms. The 36th Annual Telluride Mushroom kicks off this weekend and the mountains around Telluride will be full of very happy fungophiles as an abundance of rain has created some great conditions for foraging. The festival celebrates the multitude of uses of fungi (all things mycology).  Fungi, the under-appreciated Kingdom of the world, serve(s) many purposes--from breaking down plant cellulose in nature to creating nutrients for plants, to serving as food and medicine for people, to acting as bio-remediators to filter and break down toxic environments from things such as oil spills and agricultural run off.

The festival is action packed. Don't miss the Mushroom Parade. Festival attendees follow the “Shroompa” himself, Art Goodtimes, on a parade down Colorado Avenue exclaiming “WE LOVE MUSHROOMS”! The parade is a highlight for many and is not taken lightly; many festival goers spend months planning their elaborate costumes.

Mushroom enthusiasts also have the opportunity to go on a guided foray each day to explore the fungi of the region with leading experts in the mycological community. The guides are what make the festival extra special, as famed mycologist and author Larry Millman explains, “foraging at any location depends on the expertise of the foragers, and the foragers at the Telluride Festival are world-class.” Click here to view a complete schedule and more information about the Telluride Mushroom Festival. 

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