Helpers needed for Fungi Fest

File photo Mycologist Paul Kroeger is one of the experts returning to host this year’s Fungi Fest in Sicamous, Sept. 21-24.

Preparations are underway for Fungi Fest 2017.

This unique Sicamous-based event, scheduled for Sept. 21 to 24, offers participants an opportunity to learn all about wild mushrooms, where to find them, which ones are good to eat, which to avoid and much more.

Once again, Joe Schmucks is onboard, hosting a meet-and-greet kick-off to the event on Thursday, Sept. 21. The evening will feature mushroom-oriented food specials and entertainment.

“It was a lot of fun last year. They did a good job,” said Fungi Fest organizer Deb Heap.

Sicamous’ Red Barn will be the hub of Fungi Fest for the rest of the weekend.

Activities scheduled throughout include guided walking tours and educational and culinary presentations.

Heap is grateful to see a host of familiar faces return for this year’s Fungi Fest to lead the walks and presentations. They include mycologist and long-time friend of Fungi Fest, Paul Kroeger, the Indiana Jones of mushrooms, Larry Evans, biologist and forest mushroom specialist, Tyson Elhers and Malakwa’s own mushroom expert, and mushroom hunter, Douglas Airey.

Evans and Ehlers will be leading day-long tours out in the region’s wilderness, while Kroeger will be hosting shorter walking tours as well as presentations.

Heap said a bus will be used this year to carry registered participants to their walking destinations.

“It means the experts will actually be able to talk to everybody on the bus going to and from wherever they’re going to start their hike,” said Heap. “So it will make it a little bit more informative and I think a bit more fun too.”

How Friday’s events shape up depends on advance registration, and Heap urges those interested in being a part of this year’s Fungi Fest to register asap.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the event.

To register online or for more information, visit or email

Just Posted

Okanagan residents can win ride in army vehicle

A social media campaign offers the chance to win a ride in the Dragoons armoured vehicle

Reel Reviews: War from both sides of the desk

We say, “Forgive these films their faults and they will be entertaining enough.”

Residents should keep air intakes clear of snow

Silver Star Fire Department is encouraging residens to keep their air intakes clear after snowfall

Provincial program offers assistance to agricultural producers

AgriStability Enhancement Program benefits agricultural producers who saw an income decline in 2017

‘Backs game cancelled due to weather

Match-up against Merritt called off as heavy snow creates treacherous roads

PHOTOS: Icing the competition

Skate Canada 2018 Okanagan Regional Championships skated through Vernon this weekend

Street Sounds: Rolling with the Stones

The Stones’ On Air is a blast from the past in every sense

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

VIDEO: Protesters rally for affordable housing ahead of B.C. budget

Residents call on province to keep locals housed

Update: Highway 97C reopened following multi-vehicle incident

Highway 97C is closed to eastbound traffic near Pennask Summit following an incident Sunday afternon

Brakemen pulling out all the stops for 2018

Kettle Valley Brakemen planning some surprises

#Metoo movement causing confusion in many men, fear of missteps with women: experts

Being painted by the same sweeping brush as those alleged to have mistreated women has angered men

Liberals to dig deeper, aim higher on gender equality in 2018 federal budget

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the budget would include measures to boost women in the workforce

DRAWL searches for Okanagan Valley accent

UBC study wants to hear from Okanagan residents

Most Read