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8 Mushroom Foraging Tours in Victoria - 2018

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by KJ (subscribe)
Published April 18th 2018
Step outside this Autumn to explore the world of wild fungi
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As the days get cooler and the nights longer, autumn provides a fantastic opportunity to rug up, get outside into the fresh air, and go mushroom hunting.

The timing and length of the mushroom season in Victoria depends on many factors, however May and June are considered to be fairly reliable for foraging, with many tours operating during these months. There are several tours and workshops on offer in Victoria this mushroom season, including on the Mornington Peninsula, the Geelong region and Myrtleford.

A quick (but important) note about wild mushroom safety:
While Victoria has a good variety of edible, wild mushrooms, the region is also home to a number of mushroom species that can cause illness and/or death. These include the yellow stainer (Agaricus xanthodermus) and death cap (Amanita phalloides).

The Victorian Government's Better Health website has further information on the risks of consuming wild mushrooms in Victoria.

Fortunately mushroom tours offer a great chance to learn how to correctly identify edible mushrooms (and avoid the poisonous ones).

Here are 8 mushroom foraging tours in 2018:


1. Mushroom Tours with Cameron Russell - Moorooduc, Mornington Peninsula


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Cameron Russell will be running a series of mushroom tours at Moorooduc Estate during May and June 2018. During the tour, participants will learn about the different varieties of wild mushrooms and learn how to distinguish the edible mushrooms from the poisonous ones.

After the tour, participants will get to enjoy a glass of wine and sample some mushrooms from the wood fired oven (lunch is also provided for those who book the 'tour plus lunch' package).

When:
Every Sunday starting on Sunday the 6th of May through until Sunday the 10th of June 2018.

Tour only starts at 10am
Tour plus lunch starts at 11:45am

Where:
Moorooduc Estate,
501 Derril road, Moorooduc

Cost:
Two-hour tour plus glass of wine: $65.00 per person
Two-hour tour plus lunch and a glass of wine: $130 per person.

Children under the age of 3 are free.

For More information and to book:
Visit mushroomtours.com.
A list of FAQ is also available here.



2. T'Gallant Mushroom Meander - Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula


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Image source: T'Gallant Estate

T'Gallant Estate will be holding a number of mushroom meanders during May 2018. These sessions will include a meander through the estate, where participants will be shown how to identify the different varieties of mushrooms that can be found on the Mornington Peninsula.

This will be followed by lunch, which includes a mushroom cappuccino, mushroom & gorgonzola wood fired pizza, and a glass of T'Gallant Pinot Noir.

Bookings are essential, and please note that this tour is limited to people aged 18 and over.

When:
4 - 6 May 2018
11 - 13 May 2018
18 - 20 May 2018
25 - 27 May 2018

The tours start at 11am and 1pm, with guests asked to arrive 15 minutes earlier.


Where:
T'Gallant Estate,
1385 Mornington Flinders Rd,
Main Ridge,
Victoria


Cost:
Cost is $49 per person.
This includes the mushroom meander, lunch and a glass of wine.


For more information and to book:
For more information, visit their website: T'Gallant Mushrooms in May or have a read through the event brochure.



3. Max's May Mushroom Meanders - Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula

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Max Paganoni, chef at the award-winning Max's Restaurant at Red Hill Estate will be running several mushroom tours during May 2018. Each tour will run for 4 hours, starting with a mushroom forage followed by a session learning about the preparation and cooking of wild mushrooms and then a two course mushroom-inspired lunch and glass of wine.

Places are limited and bookings can be made online.

When:
Saturday 19th of May 2018
Sunday 20th of May 2018
Saturday 26th of May 2018
Sunday 27th May 2018

Tours start at 10.30am

Where:
Max's Restaurant at Red Hill Estate,
53 Shoreham Road
Red Hill,
Victoria


Cost:
Cost is $100 per adult and $35 per child.


For more information and bookings:
Visit the Mushroom Meander event page on the Max's Restaurant website.



4. Wild Mushroom Forage at La Fiera - Myrtleford

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Image via the La Fiera Italian Festival website

As part of the La Fiera Italian Festival in Myrtleford, a wild mushroom forage will take place at 10am on Saturday the 19th of May and Sunday the 20th of May. Join expert guide Franca Norris to learn about wild mushrooms and where to find them.

Booking are essential as there are limited places for this popular event.

When:
Saturday, 19th of May 2018
Sunday, 20th of May 2018

Both sessions start at 9:45am for a 10am start

Where:
Myrtleford, Victoria

Cost:
Cost is $40 per person.

For more information and bookings:
Visit the La Fiera Website. Bookings open 9am Saturday 5th May 2018.



5. Guided Mushroom Forage - Geelong region


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Image via the Little Green Corner Website

Little Green Corner will be running a guided mushroom forage on Sunday the 3rd of June. The forage location will be decided close to the date, depending on where the mushrooms are growing this season, but will be somewhere in the Geelong region (Otways or Bellarine Peninsula).

As well as the mushroom hunt, the price includes lunch, a cup of tea, and a "warming tipple".

When:
Sunday, 3rd of June 2018

10am - 1:30pm

Where:
Geelong region, Victoria

Cost:
Cost is $95 per person.
This includes "Guided forage, lunch, a cuppa, plus a warming tipple".

For more information and bookings:
Visit the Little Green Corner Website.



6. Mushroom Foragers Tour - Leongatha, South Gippsland

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Image source: stringandsalt.com.au

String and Salt will be running a Mushroom Foragers tour on Sunday the 20th of May from 9am-3pm. The tour will include information on how to identify wild mushrooms that are safe to eat, and where to find them. The tour will also include foraging for wild herbs and roadside fruit and nuts, followed by a feast for all participants to enjoy.

Bookings can be made online, and please note that this tour is unsuitable for those under the age of 18 or those with mobility difficulties.

When:
Sunday, 20th of May 2018

9am - 3pm

Where:
Leongatha,
South Gippsland, Victoria

Cost:
Cost is $165 per person.
This includes tour and a "wild harvested outdoor feast".

For more information and bookings:
Visit the String and Salt Website.



7. Mushroom Forays and Workshops with Alison Pouliot - Various locations in Victoria

Alison Pouliot is a natural historian and environmental photographer who runs a variety of workshops and seminars in New South Wales and Victoria.

This Autumn, Alison will be running a series of fungi-related forays and workshops, including:
A Mother's Day Mushroom Hunt - Gellibrand/The Otways
A Meander in the Mycosphere foray - Blackwood

When:
April, May and June 2018.

Where:
Various locations in Victoria, including Gellibrand, Trentham, Woodend, Blackwood, Apollo Bay, Freshwater Creek, Creswick, and Ballan.

Cost:
Varies - please see individual event listings for pricing.

For more information and bookings:
Alison Pouliot Workshops and Events



8. Reade's Weeds Wild Mushroom Foraging Tours - Mornington Peninsula


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Image source: readesweeds.com

Reade Smith from Reade's Weeds will be running a series of Mushroom Foraging tours during Autumn and Winter 2018 on the Mornington Peninsula. The tours run for 3 hours, and will begin with a forage through a pine forest followed by a BBQ picnic lunch cooked on-site.

When:
Autumn/Winter 2018 (Dates to be confirmed)

Times are 10.00am to 1.00pm or 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Where:
Mornington Peninsula

Cost:
Cost is $65 per adult and $25 for secondary school aged children.

Primary aged children and younger children are free.

For more information and bookings:
Check Reade's Weeds' website and Facebook page for updates.

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Why? To explore the magical world of fungi and learnt to identify edible mushrooms common to Victoria
When: Autumn 2018
Where: Victoria, Australia
Cost: Varies - please see individual listing for details
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Mushroom foraging gets more popular with each passing year. There's something almost medieval about it.
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Great events!! Just love mushrooms!!
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