August 31st - September 2nd, 2018
While Cordova’s fishing fleet is out gathering nets full of Copper River & Prince William Sound Salmon, its land-based foragers are hunting wild berries, yellow-footed chanterelles and king boletes! Those swift swimmers that make it past Cordova’s keen fishermen will head upstream, spawn and leave abundant nutrients on the creek shores, that are picked by fungi and transported to nourish the entire forest. Every fall, the community of Cordova welcomes fungus-pluckers, lichen-lovers and friends of the forest & sea for the Cordova Fungus Festival. The 12th annual event will take place August 31-September 2, 2018. Hosted at the Cordova Center meeting facility with excursions throughout the surrounding Chugach National Forest, the weekend’s activities explore the natural world in the northernmost coastal temperate rainforest and celebrate the interconnected life-cycle of fungus, salmon and the forest.
Throughout this three day event, Cordova Fungus Festival attendees will have opportunities to learn more about local mushrooms, participate in art & handcraft workshops, and celebrate mushrooms, salmon and other wild harvested foods in a Wild Harvest Feast. There will be daily guided forays, an identification table, expert key note speakers, a wine & cheese mixer, fungus classes, kids' activities and more! Bring your baskets, mushroom knives, notepads, cameras and rain gear and join in the fun. The Cordova Fungus Festival is supported by volunteers just like you. Use the buttons below or call the (907) 424-7260 to register or volunteer today.
Guided Fungus Forays
Don't be afraid of fungus! Get hands-on tips from an expert on identifying useful edible and dye mushrooms.
Expert & Special Guests
Learn from and enjoy experts exploring and innovating with fungi with cultivation, art, food and science!
Arts & Culture
Mushroom handcrafting, harvest-themed art shows, and more -- interwoven with Cordova's unique culture.
Fungus & Food: Edible Activities
Free Kids' Activities
Get the whole family out exploring and learning to appreciate and protect the beauty and utility all around us.
Join in at the Great Mushroom Recipe Swap Friday. Then support ecosystem protection and education at the Wild Harvest Feast Satuday, featuring Alaskan "Top Chef", Laura Cole.