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34th Annual Los Angeles Wild Mushroom Fair

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February 10, 2018 (Saturday)--pre-Fair events


Please be advised that, due to dry conditions, there will be NO pre-Fair foray to gather specimens for display.

Statement from the Field Trip Chairman:

" It is with great regret that I have decided to cancel the customary Saturday foray to gather specimens for display at the Fair. Recent scouting trips have shown that conditions at potential foray locations are very poor, and given the current weather forecast, unlikely to improve quickly. I know that members and the public look forward to participating in this foray, but bringing people to a location where they are unlikely to find mushrooms is not productive.

I urge LAMS members and others who wish to contribute specimens to visit well-watered habitats in their area, such as lawns, gardens, parks and cemeteries to collect specimens for display. In the current dry period these locations are likely to be more rewarding than the traditional natural habitats where we have foraged in the past. Pay particular attention to locations likely to retain moisture, such as shaded areas with thick mulch or leaf litter.  As always, make a note of any nearby trees or shrubs that could be the mycorrhizal hosts for your specimens.  Please ask before removing any mushrooms from private property.

Thank you and Good Luck! "

3:00 PM--9:00 PM Fair Setup at Ayres Hall, Arboretum of Los Angeles County--YOUR help is needed.  Contact Stephanie Fousek at sfousek(at)live.com  (please replace (at) with "@"--make sure there are no spaces) 



February 11, 2018 (Sunday) 9:00 AM--4 PM

Wild Mushroom Fair


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Ayres Hall

The  Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia
(301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia)

 Arboretum vicinity map is here.


See photos from the 2011 Mushroom Fair here and here.


Cooking Demonstration 

Mushroom Growing Demos

Wild Mushroom Displays

Books, Collectibles, Art

Children’s Activities

Wild Mushroom Identification




Admission to the Mushroom Fair is free with admission to the Arboretum*


Keynote Speaker: Mycologist Michael Wood, co-author of "California Mushrooms, The Comprehensive Identification Guide" and creator of Mykoweb.

Presentation: "Old Friends - New Names: A California Mushroom Journey"

A photographic tour of California mushrooms with names that have changed in the past decade. A bit about why names change and lots of mushroom photographs.


Michael Wood


Please note: It is strongly recommended that you plan to arrive at the Arboretum at least 30 minutes before any scheduled event you wish to attend.


Cooking Demonstration

We are pleased to offer a mushroom-themed cooking demonstration by De La Luna Catering


Cultivation Demonstration

Peter McCoy of Radical Mycology will offer a cultivation demonstration.  Also, please see the LAMS Calendar page for details about two other events in Long Beach being presented by Peter McCoy.

Peter McCoy



(subject to change)

9:00 am: Arboretum mushroom walk with Dr. Bob Cummings. Meet in front of Ayres Hall at 8:45.
10:00 am: Mushroom growing demonstration in Ayres Hall with Peter McCoy author of Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working with Fungi.
11:30 am: Chef's Demonstration in Ayres Hall with De La Luna Catering.
1:00 pm: Keynote Speaker Michael Wood, co-author of California Mushrooms, the Comprehensive Identification Guide, in the Palm Room near the entrance.
2:30 pm: Mushroom growing demonstration with Peter McCoy in Ayres Hall.
4:00 pm: Fair closes.



Questions about the Mushroom Fair?

sfousek(at)live.com  (please replace (at) with "@"--make sure there are no spaces) 


*Admission to the Arboretum is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors (62 and over), $6 for students with ID, and $4 for children 5- 12. Children under 5 are admitted free.  Arboretum members are admitted free. Parking is free.


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