Calling all mushroom enthusiasts, foragers, foodies, and wine aficionados for mushroom fun in Mystic! Save the date for a fantastic weekend celebrating all things mushrooms in Mystic from October 13th to 15th.
Mystic Mushroom Festival
Our very own Chef David Standridge will join forces with local culinary talents at the highly anticipated Mystic Mushroom Festival to transform you into an expert on all things mushrooms.
Enjoy captivating cooking demos from powerhouse chefs amidst the natural beauty of Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center as the leaves transform into an explosion of vibrant colors this fall. The icing on the cake? Shipwrights’ beloved wine dinners make their triumphant return on Sunday, October 15th, with a mushroom focus to coincide with the festival.
Plus, you can elevate your weekend by staying with us at The Whaler’s Inn for a true VIP experience. Want to know more about this weekend packed with fungi-fun? Keep reading to discover the hidden secrets of becoming an expert in all things mushroom.
Why We Celebrate the World of Mushrooms
Ever wonder why Mystic dedicates a whole weekend to mushrooms? Well, these beauties are nutrient-packed gems, rich in vitamins and minerals. These seasonal treasures, whether foraged or farmed, bring health benefits and wonderful flavors to your plate.
They’re brimming with essential B vitamins, selenium, and copper, enhancing your immunity with beta-glucans and antioxidants. This combo helps to combat stress, lowers the risk of disease, and supports healthy aging. We choose to celebrate mushrooms because they are undeniably remarkable!
Unleash Your Inner Forager
Now that you’ve got the gist of the powerful abilities of mushrooms let’s unleash your inner forager at the Wild Mushroom Festival. Held at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, this event is a must for all nature enthusiasts and foraging lovers from October 13th to October 15th.
Throughout the weekend, you’ll learn about mushroom hunting and identification through woodland walks and talks with naturalists, foragers, and experts.
It’s the perfect opportunity to join in Chef David’s cooking demos alongside local chefs before our main event at Shipwright’s on Sunday, October 15th.
Teaming up with Seacoast Mushrooms
You’ll savor mushroom-infused dishes artfully designed by Chef David Standridge. Plus, enjoy a superb wine pairing that enhances the rich, earthy flavors thoughtfully curated by their wine director, Kathleen Standridge.
Why team up with Seacoast? Meet the talented Chris Pacheco. He’s a former Navy engineer turned mushroom farmer. His expanding farm is a thriving ecosystem, boasting up to ten different varieties of mushrooms and yielding an astonishing 600 to 800 pounds of these delectable fungi each week.
But it’s not just his impressive agricultural feats that have earned Chris Pacheco the status of a local legend. His larger-than-life personality and unwavering dedication to his craft have turned him into a modern-day folk hero, reminiscent of the mythical lumberjack Paul Bunyan.
Live Q & A Session
Intrigued? You’ll have the chance to ask all your burning questions about the mushroom kingdom during a live Q&A session with mushroom guru Chris and Chef David. They’ll share their expertise on various mushroom types and their unique flavors and textures.
You can also pick their brains about the menu, ingredients, or cooking techniques. By the end of the evening, you’ll leave both satisfied and enlightened with a newfound appreciation for these humble yet delightful fungi.
Stay at The Whaler’s Inn
Skip the drive and stay with us at The Whaler’s Inn. Ready to level up to VIP status and be treated with exclusive perks designed for this event? Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with charming mushroom-themed decor that exudes warmth and hospitality. You will also receive a thoughtfully curated mushroom-themed gift bag that you can take home with you.
But wait, there’s more! As a VIP, you’ll also be given a personalized wine glass to savor the expertly paired wines; this unique glass also doubles as a keepsake of this event. This deal also includes a pair of tickets to the dinner.
Already purchased tickets? No worries, just let our Front Desk know when booking your reservation that you only want to add-on the decorations, gift bag, and wine glass to your stay.
Simply Tap the Link Below to Upgrade to VIP
Take advantage of this unique opportunity by clicking on this special link here. Or give our friendly, 24/7 Front Desk Team a call at 860-536-1506. However, time is running out, so act fast! This offer is only available until October 10th.
We’re looking forward to hosting you for the Mystic Mushroom Festival weekend. Get ready to indulge in a world of mushrooms, wine, and culinary excellence October 13th-15th. See you then!