May 15th – May 18th 2014
Each May, Boyne City MI fills with hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country who come seeking that elusive delicacy-the marvelous morel. Found in nearby woods and clearings, morels are favored by those who know their ‘shrooms.
Boyne City has hosted the National Morel Mushroom Festival for over 50 years.
For a few short days, everything is all about mushrooms. Restaurants prepare exotic, morel-laden entrees, local songsters sing of the morel (click on the player to the left to listen), secret hunting places (maybe) and recipes (definitely) are shared, and everybody goes on one of the mushroom hunts. A good year can yield thousands of the mouth-watering treats. But, even when a dry spell or late spring makes morels scarce, morels can be tasted at the ‘Taste of Morels’ and the festival is always fun for everyone.
The festival is always the weekend after Mothers Day and this year the festivities start on Thursday May 15th and runs through Sunday May 18th.
Michigan’s mighty morel summons fans nationwide to Boyne City
From Michigan Blue magazine: After winter’s thaw, Boyne City starts the high season early with an annual event that finds thousands of tourists, hundreds of foragers and countless edible mushrooms popping up all over the area. The occasion is the National Morel Mushroom Festival held in May to celebrate the famed hometown specialty. And the chance to get in on the first taste of spring draws a mass of hopeful fans into town looking to unearth some precious bounty. Full story
Always an amazing festival weekend!
Live music Friday and Saturday nights!
Look for this poster in downtown stores for a chance to win free morels.
Click on the poster for details.
In The Art of Cooking Morels, Ruth Mossok Johnston brings together more than 80 recipes for this delicacy, suitable for cooking with fresh mushrooms in season or dried year-round. The recipes, accompanied by stunning full-color illustrations, offer options for appetizers, soups, entrées, and side dishes from simple and elegant to exotic and sophisticated, and always mindful of highlighting the delicate morel.
THIS YEARS FESTIVAL HELPS SUPPORT
Jill Solomon, Boyne City $500.00
Emily Roloff, Charlevoix $250.00
Kaycie Overmyer, Boyne City $250.00
Kendra Balch, East Jordan $250.00
Callie Berish, East Jordan $250.00
Zachary Wandrie, Boyne City $250.00
Zachary Hankins, Charlevoix $250.00
“Taste of Morels” Winning
Restaurants & Dishes
Presented by the National Morel Mushroom Festival
The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce