The Humboldt Bay Mycological Society puts the fun in fungi. Its annual mushroom fair is on Sunday Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, where hundreds of species from the truffle-y to the trippy will be on display ($2, $1 children 10-16, free for kids under 10).

Checking out the 'shrooms at the Mushroom Fair. - DON BRYANT/HUMBOLDT BAY MYCOLOGICAL SOCIETY
  • Don Bryant/Humboldt Bay Mycological Society
  • Checking out the 'shrooms at the Mushroom Fair.

Foraging for wild produce is all the rage, but if everything you know about mushrooms is what you learned from Alice in Wonderland, a little expert guidance might be in order. Local spore czars will be on hand to teach you and the kids about toxicity, hunting, cooking and even growing your own mushrooms. In fact, before you sauté that little spotted thing you found in the yard, bring it in to be ID'd by one of the society's shroom Sherpas.

Yes, you Googled it, but do you want to put your life in the hands of the same Internet that keeps asking you to send money to Nigerian ex-generals?

Besides, a visit to the emergency room won't get you a cool mushroom T-shirt.

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