Gourmet Live named the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival one of America’s Best Food Festivals so mark your calendar for September 10 and 11, 2016. This is the 31st anniversary of the festival celebrating everything fungi. And fun you will have.
Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capitol of the World. At our bed and breakfast we frequently feature local mushrooms in some of our savory dished. The festival has grown from one day, one block to two full days with a mile long stretch that includes culinary events and exhibits, children’s entertainment, 200 vendors.
You’ll find something for everyone including a National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship (I could definitely get behind this!). The festival begins Friday night, September 9 with a community parade. After that stay for dining and dancing in the streets. And when was the last time you attended an old fashioned carnival? There will be a carnival and midway with rides, games and foods .
On Saturday you’ll find almost 250 vendors, both local and from around the country lining the streets in Kennett Square. Enjoy arts, crafts, and specialty dishes from the restaurants in downtown Kennett Square. Like antique and classic cars? You are in luck. On Broad Street you’ll find the Antique and Classic Car Show where you’ll see also see members of the MD Volt and Eastern Electric Vehicle Club.
Only interested in eating? Start drooling now. In the Culinary Tent you can observe chefs cooking and take home their tips and recipes. Got a cute kid or know one? Enter their picture in the Cute As A Button (Mushroom) baby photo contest. And my favorite is the Painted Mushrooms Silent Auction where you can bid on your favorite 108 pound toadstool to show off in your home or garden. Of course, you will want to take some mushrooms home and you will find booths where they are sold. Your purchases will be kept cool in refrigerated trucks while you enjoy the rest of the festival.
New this year is an amateur mushroom cook-off which qualifies the winner to enter the World Food Championships. In addition there will be a Saturday Night Concert by Christina Havrilla and Mason Porter in the Special Events Tent, a community parade with dining and dancing in the streets, an amateur mushroom cook-off and all sorts celebrity, regional and local chefs sharing their recipes and tips for cooking with mushrooms.
All this and you only pay $3.00 per person age 12 and up. There is plenty of parking for a fee of $5.00 a car and a free shuttle to take you to the activities. So check our availability for that weekend. For information on the festival including a map of events click here.