55th Annual Mushroom Festival begins May 14

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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

The 55th Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival kicks off in Boyne with the 10 a.m. M.O.R.E.L. Show on Thursday May 14, and the festival wraps up with live music, an auction and great food.

This year’s new festivities include an open mic contest on Friday, and a cooking class on Saturday with renowned chef Ruth Mossok-Johnston.

“We have some major new events this year that people should check out,” said Jim Baumann, Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “On Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., we have the Craft Beer Block Party with 20 brewers and five restaurants, two local food trucks and music from the Galactic Sherpas—it should be a great time on Water Street in the middle of downtown Boyne City.”

Thursday May 14, Mushroom fest is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the M.O.R.E.L Show, the Schmidt Amusements Carnival, which starts at 3 p.m., and the beginning of the Morel Seminar at 4 p.m.

“On Friday, we have another brand new event, an Open Mic Contest with $1,000 in prizes—so it should attract some great talent to the festival tent in Veterans Park from 5 p.m. on,” Baumann said. “Another new event is a cooking class at 5 p.m. Saturday with nationally-known chef and cookbook author Ruth Mossok-Johnston in the festival tent.”

Friday, May 15 will include a variety of events including the Morel fest Wine and Dine gourmet dinner at 5:30 p.m., and at 8:30 p.m., you can enjoy live music and dancing in the tent.

Saturday May 16, events will include a morel breakfast at the VFW post 3675, from 7 to 10 a.m., a Humane Society 5k run at 8 a.m., and Taste of Morels from noon through 3 p.m.

“My favorite parts of the festival are the food events—the downtown Morel Block Party on Thursday, the Wine & Dine on Friday at the Beach House, the Taste of Morels in the festival tent on Saturday,” Baumann said.

Sunday May 17, you can marvel at items put up for sale during the 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. craft show, enjoy festivities provided by the Schmidt Amusements Carnival and end the evening with live music, an auction and food from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m.

“There’s really something for everyone: carnival rides for the kids, morel hunting, music and a very unique craft show,” Baumann said.