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May 17-21, 2017

Each May, 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. Boyne City has hosted the National Morel Mushroom Festival for 55 years.

Schedule of events – click here.

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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. 

The festival is always the weekend after Mothers Day and this year the festivities start on Wednesday, May 17th and run through Sunday, May 21st.

Michigan’s mighty morel summons fans nationwide to Boyne City:

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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.”

THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL HELPS SUPPORT

BOYNE FALLS BOY SCOUT TROOP 53
BOYNE CITY KIWANIS
EAST JORDAN CHEERLEADERS
SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce
Boyne City VFW
NATIONAL MOREL FESTIVAL $500 SCHOLARSHIPS
2015 RECIPIENTS:
Gabrielle Waterman, Ellsworth
Ann Durbin, Boyne City
Lee Rainey, Boyne City
Matthew Ide, Petoskey
2016 RECIPIENTS:

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

1.  Boyne Mountain Resort
Morel Chicken Brie & Morel Mushroom Risotto Cake
2.  Barrel Back
Morel Tartlet
3.  Cafe Sante
Venison & Morel Meatballs

 

Presented by the National Morel Mushroom Festival
&
The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce

Official site for the Mushroom Festival held each May in Boyne City, Michigan