“All aboard!” was the cry, whistles blew and it was time to board the Skunk Train once again. This time I was an invited guest on the Wine & Mushroom Train for the signature event for Mendocino County’s Wine & Mushroom Festival. This event is usually an upright only event; however, as Director of Barketing for Visit Mendocino County, Inc. I got special permission to attend and, oh boy, am I glad I did.
With trains departing from Willits and Fort Bragg, California and meeting up at Camp Mendocino in the majestic redwood forest, it is a full day of eating gastronomic mushroom creations created by local chefs and sipping Gold Medal award-winning Mendocino wines, with raffles prizes, silent auction and live action. There was dancing to live music, mushroom identification walks and talks. Mushroom cooking demonstrations and celebrity judges that came from all over the country. Oh, we did have some rain but that did not dampen the spirits of the revelers one bit. I spent the day in great company surrounded by lots of my upright friends and I had the opportunity to meet new ones.
It was a fun-filled fungi festival frenzy. I hope they invite me back next year.