It’s hard to believe the celebration that made Gourmet’s list of America’s Best Food Festivals is right in your back yard. This year, the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever before. The fungi festivities have gained national recognition in the past few years for the many reasons we all attend year after year.
If you’re a regular then hopefully you return in 2012 for tons of new activities, vendors and exciting entertainment. For those of you who have never attended, you’re in for a treat. The 27th Annual Mushroom Festival is unlike any before it.
Head to “The Mushroom Capital of the World” on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th if you’re in the mood for a mushroom experience unique to each guest. You can find mushrooms fried, grilled, sautéed, pickled, even frozen in ice cream and highlighted in multiple cuisines from around the world. When it comes to this fleshy food, the fun is endless. There will be farm tours and growers’ exhibits, celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations like last year’s Jose Garces’ appearance, contests, games, music, and more to explore in the region where over 65 percent of the country’s mushrooms are grown.
In the two-day celebration, you’ll be able to find a fun activity for each family member. The cost is only $2 per person (ages 12 and up) to enter and proceeds from admission goes toward the Mushroom Festival’s grant program. Last year the Mushroom Festival gave $55,000 to 33 non-profit organizations (click here to learn more). Wristbands may be purchased in advance at The Mushroom Cap (114 West State Street,Kennett Square), at the Mushroom Festival parking lots (while waiting for the shuttle buses) or at the entrances to the Festival.
While the main festival will be open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there are other attractions that can extend your fun packed visit. For example the Old Fashioned Carnival at 600 Broad Street will be open Friday, September 7th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, September 8th: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, September 9th: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Plus, a Community Parade will kick off at South and Broad at 6 p.m. on Friday.
There is so much going on, from the new Fried Mushroom Eating Contest and Painted Mushroom Silent Auction to the Soup Cook-off and Classic Car Show. Thankfully, it’s a two day event so you’ll have enough time to explore the wonderful offerings and make magnificent memories. If you’re looking to get involved beyond a regular attendee, volunteers are always welcome.