Next Festival Date: January 12-15, 2024
Yes, this is a weekend full of truffles, but we couldn’t resist a walk in the woods in search of wild mushrooms! Join experts David Campbell, Norman Andresen and American Truffle Company®’s own Prof. Paul Thomas for a delightful foray into the woods above Napa Valley. Follow along as they forage for exotic mushrooms in their native habitats at the height of the mushroom season! Savor delicious truffle quiche bites made with fresh black truffles, before venturing out to enjoy nature as you learn the basics about mushrooms, including the process of mushroom identification, as well as proper handling and cooking options for edible mushrooms. Most excitingly you’ll be able to keep any that you find!
“We’ll see what we find and find what we see! With a little luck, perhaps we’ll find porcini, hedgehogs, chanterelles or candy caps.” – David Campbell
Past forays have led to such fascinating mushrooms as the popular and deliciously fruity, peppery chanterelle; and candy caps, whose sweet aroma often finds its way into cookies and ice cream; also matsutakes, highly prized (and priced!) in Japanese cuisine and, more recently, in Michelin star restaurants around the world. Foragers also came across many breathtakingly beautiful, non-edible species, such as toadstools. Foraging for wild mushrooms should only be done with knowledgeable mushroom experts, and you will not find a more qualified expert than fungi foray leader David Campbell, the Bay Area Poison Control Center’s go-to mushroom guy.