Fun with fungus in Estacada
Estacadas fifth-annual Festival of the Fungus gave the dirt on mushrooms to participants from all over Oregon.
Over the weekend, mushroom lovers gathered in the towns community center to have mushrooms identified, to buy mushroom related items, to look at mushroom art and to admire a mushroom display.
Connie Redmond, the festivals coordinator, said an aspect of the events value is putting Estacada on the map.
Its a good event for Estacada, she said. People come from all over. They get to discover Estacada.
The festival brought a variety of people to town, among them ebbie and Dane Dunaway who traveled from Astoria.
We like mushrooms, Debbie Dunaway said. We like picking them. We just dont always know which ones to pick.
The Dunaways favorite part of the festival was the mushroom display.
Site coordinator Grant Williams, who assisted with one of the mushroom forays, came from Southeast Portland for the event.
I have a passion for fungus. I like to engage with it. Its neat to find the fungi, Williams said. We found 40 different species on the foray.
This interest in mushrooms was shared by the festivals vendors.
Jeanine May was at the event with her company Pacific Truffle Dogs.
I love seeing all types of mushrooms. Its an incredible world, she said. And I want to inform the public about the dogs. Their sense of smell is incredible. They can find tiny truffles buried in the earth.
Christine of Fifth Kingdom Photography, another vendor, likes photographing mushrooms because it combines her interests in art and science.
Im passionate about them from multiple perspectives, she said.
Outside of the Estacada Community Center, many restaurants around town served special mushroom-centric dishes.
Harmony Baking Company offered savory chanterelle mushroom crepes, chanterelle omelets, wild mushroom hash and eggs, potatoes and biscuits with mushroom gravy.
We wanted to be creative and serve mushrooms in different ways, said Linda Lawrence of Harmony Baking Company.
Lawrence likes the festival because it brings new people to Estacada.
I like seeing the new faces in town, she said. Everyone has always wondered about mushrooms, but sometimes theyre afraid to pick them. This helps them learn.