Putting the ‘fun’ into fungi!

On October 13 and 14 Sue, Lady Kilbracken, is inviting mushroom enthusiasts and nature lovers to the enchanting Killegar Estate to celebrate the second International Mushroom Festival in Ireland.

On October 13 and 14 Sue, Lady Kilbracken, is inviting mushroom enthusiasts and nature lovers to the enchanting Killegar Estate to celebrate the second International Mushroom Festival in Ireland.

Guided forays through Killegar’s ancient, native woodlands with Ireland’s top mushroom experts, a cookery demonstration by TV celebrity chefs Neven Maguire and Brian McDermott, mushroom workshops, heritage displays, wildlife walks, a cookery competition and a craft and food fare are just some of the things on offer for visitors to this unique event.

This festival brings together professional mushroom growers, wild mushroom foragers and lovers of nature to exchange scientific knowledge and information handed down through generations, sharing particularly good tips for foraged food lovers.

Top experts from the Irish Mycologists’ Society and the Northern Ireland Fungus Group will teach the visitors everything they need to know about mushrooms. After having foraged for wild foods and rare mushroom specimens, you can have your finds identified and sample some of the delicious edibles.

Children can explore what’s behind the mysterious doorway into a giant mushroom play area and learn more about the secrets of the Fifth Kingdom through imaginative, educational games and activities.

Wander through the craft and food fairs and meet local artisans of traditional straw weaving, spinning, woodwork, quilting, jewellery and archery.

All proceeds go to the ‘Save Killegar Campaign’, set up to preserve the natural and built heritage of Killegar, one of the last ‘big houses’ in the country still owned and lived in by the descendants of the man who built it 200 years ago.

To find out more, take a look at the website: www.internationalmushroomfestival.com