2nd Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest this weekend!

2nd Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest this weekend!
The second annual open-air interdisciplinary celebration of all things ‘shrooms takes place October 1st and 2nd in Cumberland and registration links are now live.
Each walk, talk and workshop that is part of the 2nd Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest is individually registered for, so you can cruise the smorgasbord of all things fungus and pick and choose the events you want to attend. All events are open-air and take place outside the Harmonic Arts building in Cumberland, in the forest, at the Comox Valley Mushrooms cultivation facility or online! Fungus lovers of all ages are also encouraged to take part in the Cumberland Forest Fungus iNaturalist Bio Blitz taking place October 1st to 14th.
Presenters include local observationist-in-residence Dawn Copeman, forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, citizen mycologist Dr. Kent Brothers, mushroom cultivator Daniel Devine, master herbalist and Harmonic Arts co-founder Yarrow Willard, Denman Island wild edible mushroom forager and mycophile Megan Rose, conservation biologist and bat researcher Tim Ennis, Weird Church Cumberland, and CCFS Executive Director Meaghan Cursons.
Saturday Night Fungus Fest culminates with a very special Fungus Bazaar from 6-10 featuring art, vendors, a bar, projections, and live music from Elise Boulanger, Half Asian / Amy CODA and a special psych lounge set from Selector Sproutsonic.
REGISTER NOW to ensure you don’t miss out. Walks, tours and workshops have limited registration spots and are certain to book up fast! In-person talks have 50 max participants. Live stream registration is only $20 and gives you exclusive access to a live feed for all the in-person talks. Check back for updates and new offerings!
The 2nd Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest is presented by the Cumberland Community Forest Society and sponsored by Harmonic Arts, with additional support from Elevate and Cumberland Village Works. Check out special events and features from the incredible local businesses of Cumberland all weekend long!


Friday, October 1st

1030am: WALK – ‘Biodiversity of the Cumberland Forest w/ Dr. Kent Brothers 90 minutes

1130am: WALK – w/ Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard – 90 minutes
1130am: TOUR Comox Valley Mushrooms Facility
NOON: TALK – “Fungi and Forest Ecology” w/ Andy MacKinnon
1pm: WALK – Forest Ecology w/ Andy MacKinnon 120 minutes
130pm: TALK – Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard “Local wild mushrooms for food and medicine” – 60 minutes
2pm: TOUR Comox Valley Mushrooms Facility
3pm: TALK – Dr. Kent Brothers “Demystifying Mushrooms” – 60 minutes
430pm: WALK – Walk on the Wild Side – an all senses romp through the Cumberland Forest w/ Dawn Copeman 90 minutes
430pm: WALK – Fungus Explorations w/ with Megan Rose – 90 minutes
430pm: WORKSHOP – Mushroom Cultivation (w/ take home kit) w/ Daniel Devine 90 minutes
7pm: TALK – FUNGUS FEST SUPER PANEL w/ Andy MacKinnon, Yarrow Willard, Dawn Copman, Kent Brothers
845pm: WALK – After Dark Forest Walk w/ the Cumberland Bat Project – 90 minutes (weather permitting)


Saturday, Octoboer 2nd

9am: WALK – Forest Ecology Walk w/ Andy MacKinnon
1030am: WALK – Fall Biodiversity in the Cumberland Forest w/ Dr. Kent Brothers – 90 minutes
1030am: WORKSHOP – Mushroom Cultivation Workshop (with take-home kit) w/ Daniel Devine, 90 minutes
1230pm: TALK – Dr. Kent Brothers – “Tooth Fungi of the Pacific Northwest” – 45 minutes
130pm: WALK – Walk on the Wild Side, an all senses romp through the Cumberland Forest w/ Dawn Copeman – 90 minutes
130 – 3 pm: DROP IN – Kids Fungus and Forest Art, Bio Blitz passports
130pm: WALK – Intro to Mushroom Exploring w/ Daniel Devine – 90 minutes
3pm: TALK – “A New Handbook: “Mushrooms of BC” w/ Andy MacKinnon – 60 minutes
4pm: WALK – Weird Church in the Woods: Listening to the Liceum Saturday October 2 @ 4 pm Using wireless technology to remain safely distanced, we will journey into the woods and deep into ourselves for this walking meditation and time to reflect on the many layers of the forest and how all creatures might flourish together. Details at www.weirdchurchcumberland.com/events – FREE
430pm: TALK – Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard of Harmonic Arts “Top medicinal mushrooms and their benefits” – 60 minutes
6-10pm: FUNGUS BAZARRE, Outside at Harmonic Arts: live music, art displays, firepits projections, bar, vendors and more, featuring: Mycelial Magic – Shaminatrix Mix, Half Asian / Amy CODA – live in concert, Elise Boulanger – live in concert, Selector Sproutsonic – psych lounge
WANT TO VOLUNTEER? – message info@cumberlandforest.com



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