May 18-21, 2017
Each May on the weekend after Mother’s Day, Boyne City, Michigan 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. This is the 57th year that Boyne City has hosted the National Morel Mushroom Festival.
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 hundreds of the mouth-watering treats. But even when a dry spell or late spring makes morels scarce, morels can be tasted at several tasting events and the festival is always fun for everyone.
Want to hit the mother lode of morels?
Listen and learn
From the Detroit Free Press (3-28-17): Anthony Williams once found what he calls the “mother lode” of morel mushrooms, a spot in the forest not far from his Boyne City home where the prized, flavorful mushrooms grew so thick that he couldn’t pick them all. He had brought two grocery bags into the woods, but quickly filled them. Loathe to leave all those delicious mushrooms behind, he improvised by repurposing his clothes into sacks. Full story.
THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL HELPS SUPPORT
Collin Sudderth, Boyne City, $600
Matthew Berish, East Jordan, $400
Paige Cavaness, East Jordan, $400
Murphy Holt, East Jordan, $400
Timothy Roback, East Jordan, $400
“Taste of Morels” Winning
Restaurants & Dishes
Presented by the National Morel Mushroom Festival
The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce