Ingeborg Woodsworth shows one of the over 200

Another fine fall for fungus approaches

Salmon Mushroom Festival: Annual event focuses on some of the delicacies of the Cowichan wilderness

Did you know there is a mushroom that grows here in the Cowichan Valley that is poisonous when consumed with alcohol?

It’s Coprinopsis Atamentaria, more commonly called Inky Caps or Alcohol Inky Caps. When consumed with alcohol up to three days later it can cause violent vomiting and make you temporarily ill.

That is only one of the 200,000 known species of mushroom in North America. Only five per cent of those are considered to be poisonous to humans.

Because mushrooms grow many places in the Cowichan Valley and are, for the most part, edible and tasty, and the salmon are running, we have the Salmon Mushroom Festival. Happening Sept. 28 and 29 in Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall, it’s billed as a great place to discover new ways to find and enjoy these fungi and fish.

Local mycologist Ingeborg Woodsworth has been searching and identifying mushrooms for more than 50 years.

“The Cowichan Valley has such a bounty, such a variety,” she said.

There will be mushroom slide shows to help identify species found and locally, guided field trips on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Also, you can taste delicious soups and other mushroom and salmon delicacies on site.

A market of local arts and crafts, a Cowichan Valley Arts Council display, music and food are all part of the two-day celebration.

Woodsworth is excited.

“The six First Nations — Penelakut, Lyackson, Stz’uminus, Halalt, Cowichan and Lake Cowichan — people will have an exhibit and may perform at the festival.”she said.

Bring a paper bag with mushrooms you would like to have identified to the festival. If they can’t be identified on site, organizers can have the National Forest Laboratory in Victoria identify them.

Admission Saturday and Sunday is $2, children get in for free. Register for the guided field trips on Sunday at the Centennial Hall. For more information phone 250-749-6291 or visit SalmonMushroomFestival.com

 

Just Posted

Driver of stolen vehicle caught after fleeing accident scene in Chemainus

Section of Chemainus Road closed until suspect located and eventually taken into custody

Crofton Alternate Water Supply Project eliminates boil water advisories

System takes away the need to utilize Crofton Lake in the event of a disruption to mill source

First-ever Cowichan Bluegrass Festival a hit at Lake Cowichan

With great music, great weather, and great ambience at Laketown Ranch: everyone loved it

Rats edge Arrows in playoff preview

Postseason begins for Cowichan at home on Saturday

Mary Lowther column: Without the bees, there are no crops

Wikipedia explains that the mason bee was named for the way it builds clay nests to lay its eggs.

VIDEO: Rare white killer whale captured by drone near Campbell River

The transient orca has been named Tl’uk, a Coast Salish word that means ‘moon.’

Coming up in Cowichan: Spend Father’s Day fishing, or head to the BC Forest Discovery Centre

Deadline coming to register for class reunion The Cowichan Secondary Class of… Continue reading

Licence issue delays boozing while cruising on BC Ferries

Planned June launch for alcohol sales delayed

Nanaimo a prime market for new plane, Air Canada says

Vice-president previews Airbus A220, praises Nanaimo’s growth in passenger numbers

B.C. school mourns after 13-year-old killed by fallen tree on field trip

Teenager died after being struck and pinned by tree while on a field trip near Sooke

RCMP deploys special unit in Comox Valley to combat organized crime

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit spends four days targeting organized crime in Courtenay

B.C. temporarily halts resource development to protect caribou

The caribou population in northeastern B.C. has dwindled over the last two decades

Students disciplined after anti-LGBTQ signs posted in Kamloops high school

Vessy Mochikas, SD73’s principal for inclusive education, called incident a learning opportunity

Most Read