May 11-15, 2016
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.
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 11th and run through Sunday, May 15th.
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.”
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