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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.

Schedule of events – click here.

old-photo-morels

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

Tony Williams gives a free mushroom hunting seminar at 4 p.m. on Friday of the Mushroom Festival.
Tony Williams gives a free mushroom hunting seminar at 4 p.m. on Friday of the Mushroom Festival.

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

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
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