Mushroom Related Activities at the Festival
- Take home fresh, just-picked, locally grown mushrooms for sale near the inflatable mushroom. These mushrooms, being shuttled from the grower to the event, are available for the first time in many years.
- Enjoy mushroom soup made from local fresh mushrooms. Mushrooms are donated by growers, prepared by a local caterer, and profits go to Rotary to buy dictionaries for kids. The recipe is free with each bowl.
- Eat mushrooms stuffed, sandwiched, deep-fried, marinated, over rice, and much more.
- Visit the Mushroom Growing Exhibit and see the mushroom growth process in its various stages, learn about compost, and talk with growers.
- “Run for the Shroom” with an expected 300 runners as they take the scenic route in this year’s Mushroom Mardi Gras 10k and 5k Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 25.
- The ultimate Shop Opp comes with 200 booths lining the streets of quaint Morgan Hill.
Visit a Mushroom Farm; Talk with a Grower
By special arrangement, a press visit to a local mushroom farm and talking with the people who grow them yields a fascinating experience.
Mushrooms are a source for powerful nutrients, and can also help Americans meet the dietary recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more.
Local Mushroom Farm uses ultraviolet light to greatly boost Vitamin D
All mushrooms contain Vitamin D, but exposing mushrooms to ultraviolet light can greatly multiply their Vitamin D content. By special arrangement, a visit to this South Valley grower can be arranged.
Photo Op/Stand-up Visual
A great visual for photography and broadcast is the 20’x20’ inflatable Mushroom that will stand at the center of the festival.
MHAT Competition News Release (PDF)
MHAT is calling for contestants for the 2013 Miss Mushroom and Mr. Fungi Home Town Pageant. Throughout April and May, local contestants will compete for scholarships and the honor of being crowned at the Mushroom Mardi Gras on May 26, representing Morgan Hill as Miss Mushroom and Mr. Fungi.