The end of August in Alaska brings with it lots of different kinds of mushrooms. In Girdwood, most species are poisonous but there are a few you can sink your teeth into. But the Fungus Fair isn’t just about learning what’s safe to eat and what isn’t. It’s about the study of mycology and how mushrooms species help support the ecosystem around us.
The 2013 event will start of Friday, August 30 in the community room at the Girdwood Library. Mycologists will be on hand to answer any question you have on mushrooms. Species samples will be on display and their will be a group foray in the afternoon. Friday night brings the Fungus Formal at the Hotel Alyeska. Guests will enjoy five gourmet courses all featuring choice wild and domestic mushrooms with wine pairings. The evening also includes live and silent auctions full of items from local artists and businesses and music by Super Saturated Sugar Strings. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit Girdwood Health Clinic, Inc. and future Fungus Fairs. Cost is $80 per person, or $750 for a 10 top table. Round up some friends and book a table early! Tickets for the Formal are on sale at the Tram Ticket office or by calling (907) 754-2275. The Formal is made possible from a generous donation from the Byrne Family and the Hotel Alyeska.
Saturday the 31st and Sunday September 1st bring a full event schedule including guided forays, mushroom talks, tie-dye workshops and a scientific lecture on hallucinogenic mushrooms. More info on the events can be found here