Santa Cruz Mountain Mushroom Festival : MAY 4-5, 2024

Building Community Through Fungi

By Brian Upton
April 28, 2024

Our upcoming festival is an exciting chance for us to tap into the community and help share their expertise and passion with fellow fungi-lovers. We look forward to bringing some of the best and brightest minds in the mushroom world to the Santa Cruz mountains this May.”  – Kyle Garrone, Far West Fungi



SANTA CRUZ, CA – Far West Fungi, the Bay Area’s premier grower and provider of gourmet mushrooms and culinary experiences, is excited to announce its upcoming festival focused on celebrating all-things fungi. The Santa Cruz Mountain Mushroom Festival, taking place May 4-5, 2024 in Felton, CA, will invite some of the country’s foremost fungi experts and influencers to lead educational sessions, hands-on workshops, demos, and more.

The festival’s line-up is packed with some of the biggest “celebs” in the mushroom world, with sessions and activities covering everything from culinary uses to cultivation, medicinals, science, and even arts and crafts. Schedule highlights include:

  • Cooking demos with renowned chefs like Eric Tucker from Millenium
  • Education presentations with famous researchers like Dr. Christopher Hobbs
  • Guided nature walks with foraging masters like Dr. Gordon Walker
  • Researchers including Taye Bright
  • Sessions with leading cultivators like Field and Forest
  • Hands-on art activities and curated exhibits featuring creators like Liminal Space

In addition to the fungi-focused activities, a plethora of mushroom-heavy foods and snacks will be served from favorites like SC Eatery, Julia’s Vegetarian Restaurant, Funky Bean Tempeh, Vegan Hood Chef and Far West Fungi. Drinks will be available from local makers such as mushroom mocktails from Curious Elixirs, wine from Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Quinta Cruz, and Beauregard Vineyards, plus candy cap beer from Fox Tale Fermentation and local kombucha.

Every great festival has great music, and the Santa Cruz Mountain Mushroom Festival will deliver on that promise. Local favorites like Alison Steele, Papiba & Friends, The Crate Diggers, and Mokili Wa will bring their folk, Americana, and bluegrass stylings to the music stages.

Festival attendees will also get a taste of history at the event, which will take place at the historic Roaring Camp Railroad in Felton, CA, just north of Santa Cruz. Set amid towering old growth

Redwood groves and neighboring Henry Cowell State Park, the expansive grounds include historic buildings, hiking trails, and wooden railroad trestles. with rides on some of the world’s oldest working steam engine trains, which will be running during the event.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, visit

To arrange interviews with festival organizers and/or featured speakers, contact Ashley D. Owen at


About Far West Fungi

Far West Fungi is a family-run business committed to providing a full and consistent array of mushrooms, mushroom food products and educational information to the Santa Cruz and Bay Area communities. Established in 1982, Far West Fungi is a premier provider of gourmet mushrooms and culinary experiences. With sustainability and quality at the forefront, Far West Fungi offers a wide range of mushrooms, mushroom-based products, and educational resources to inspire creativity in the kitchen. With an unwavering dedication to exceptional taste and a passion for mushrooms, Far West Fungi continues to delight and amaze food enthusiasts, chefs, and nature lovers alike. The company is dedicated to providing locally grown, organic specialty mushrooms at a reasonable rate and making them readily available to our community. To learn more, visit


Ticket includes access to all activities

Presentations ( Click Link for more info)
Alan Rockefeller Dr. Christopher Hobbs • Dr. Michael J. Hathaway • Dr. Gordon Walker • Erik Lomen • Indy Srinath • Jasper Degenaars • William Padilla-Brown • Dr. Giulietta Octavio • Amanda Janney • Wilder Herbertson • Britt A Bunyard • Taye Bright • Jess Starwood • Sarah-Kate Boylan and many more.

Cooking Demos (with taste testing)
Mat Schuster, Canela • Chad Hyatt, Author: The Mushroom Hunter’s Kitchen • Marie Brennan • Brad Briske, HOME • Julie Schreiber • Eric Tucker, Millennium.

Hands-on Workshops
Fabric dyeing • painting with mushroom pigment • fermenting with fungi • log cultivation demonstration • straw pasteurization • tissue cultures • microscopy tent • spore prints and more.


Kid Zone

Face painting • henna • mushroom cornhole • archery range • rock painting • bubbles • Giant Bamboo Hoops • bounce house

Alan Rockefeller • Alicia Marie Art • Cluster Mush • Erin Rose Prints • Fern Flowers Studio • Far West Fungi • MacLean Custom Screen Printing • MayuMix • Opinel • Sea Soil Sky •Shared Cultures • Wildlands Farm and Nursery • Wise Goat • Holy Clay Creations • SporeLust • Wilder Herbertson • Local Pigments •Local Naturalist • Go Ask Alice • Forest and Sea Dreams • J Calcagno Pottery • Jess Starwood • Maria Finn • Beauregard Vineyard • Bird Snapper • Ceybon AF • Cruz Kombucha • Curious Elixir • EcoGeek Art • Field & Forest • Epoch • Funky Bean Tempeh • Hidden Fortress Coffee • Julia’s Vegetarian Restaurant • Santa Cruz Fungi • Souley Vegan • SC Eatery Food Truck • Vegan Hood Chef • Michael Hathaway • Allterra • Bluum Bio • Capay/Farm Fresh to You • Fungi Magazine • Global • Homeless Garden Project • Lily’s Lighthouse • Nuance Microdose • Ready Cycle/Sambrailo • Redwood Mushroom Supply • Santa Cruz Psychedelic Society • SC Fungus Federation • SC Museum of Natural History • SF Mycological Society • William Padilla Brown • Chaga Co • Gaia’s Collective • Lacuna Medicinals • Monterey • Mycopia • Cord Creation • The Little Fermenter • Fung Alchemy • Liminal Space Collective • The Vision Sanctuary

Live Music


Book Signings

Art Gallery and Installation Art

Networking happy hour and mushroom elixirs

Guided medicinal plants and edible wild plants and fungi walks

Wine, beer and food available for purchase