Mendocino is a real eye-catcher—between its gorgeous ocean views and lush state parks, it’s a delight for the sight. Mendocino is also a treat for the taste buds! Northern California is home to many outstanding products like wine, beer, seafood, and even mushrooms! The Mendocino Mushroom Festival celebrates this culinary heritage and allows you to spend a fun day discovering our coastal town’s flavors! Keep reading to learn more about this great event and start planning your visit today.
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3 Reasons Why the Mendocino Mushroom Festival Is an Absolute Must!
What Is the Mendocino Mushroom Festival?
The Mendocino Mushroom Festival, also known as Feast Mendocino, is a 9-day culinary experience that takes you on a savory journey you won’t forget. The festival happens every November and gives visitors an opportunity to discover the famous local mushrooms, as well as craft brews, pressed-to-perfection grapes, and delicious food.
The winter rain is key to the astounding mushrooms found in Mendocino. We have more than 3,000 varieties! These include black trumpets, porcinis, chanterelles, the rare candy cap mushroom! The latter offers a unique maple syrup flavor and sweet fragrance that’s hard to resist. Every meal served at the festival comes with a portion of delicious mushrooms, and pairs wonderfully with a glass of wine or pint of beer! Luckily, you have both at the event!
It Features Great Activities
In addition to eating amazing food, what can you do during the Mendocino Mushroom Festival? Have tons of fun, of course! Take a look at some of our favorite ways to spend the day:
Mushroom Cooking Class
What if you could perfect your cooking skills while on vacation with us? Well, you can at Assaggiare in Mendocino! Learn how to prepare these wonderful ingredients in a variety of ways (courtesy of Julia Conway and her culinary expertise). You’ll even pair each dish you make in the class with a glass of wine.
Visit a Local Vineyard
You can’t visit California without tasting world-famous wines! Mendocino is surrounded by some of the best coastal wineries. Spend a day touring them with our Mendocino Wine Tour Package! Board an S.U.V. with your friends and family and let the chauffeur guide you as you sip and savor.
Try Cowlick’s Ice Cream
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Cowlick’s Ice Cream! This delightful creamery has some of the finest flavors to try, including butter pecan, caramel, and Black Forest. During the Mendocino Mushroom Festival, you can even taste mushroom-flavored ice cream!
Bars, Bordellos, and Mushroom Tour
We haven’t forgotten about you history buffs. During the festival, the Kelly House Museum organizes an exclusive tour, which gives you a glimpse into Mendocino’s quirky past.
Rest and Digest at Sea Rock Inn
You’ll need a plush bed to relax on after eating all that delicious food at the Mendocino Mushroom Festival. Sea Rock Inn is one of the top B&Bs in Northern California. Picture the ocean, the blooming flowers outside your window, and tranquility like you’ve never experienced. You can really unplug here, so leave your phone and worries at the door and get the relaxation you deserve.
Browse our splendid selection of accommodations with views of the Pacific Ocean. Each room boasts individual charm and modern amenities. After a dreamy night of sleep, wake up to the mesmerizing Mendocino fog rolling in from the cliffs. Then, join us in our Breakfast Room for a gourmet meal you won’t soon forget! There’s no better way to start the day than with a hot, freshly made pastry.