Mushroom weekend at Meany

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Meany Lodge and the Puget Sound Mycological Society proudly and with great anticipation, present the Annual Meany Mushroom Weekend. This event is held around the end of October and is open to mountaineers members and non-members at the same GREAT price.

Registration for this event will open later in the summer. If you wish to be notified as to when, please sign to recive the meany notification email on the main page. Simply select which event you wish to be notified about from the pull down menu. Remember it sells out quickly, so sign up ASAP

We offer two ways you can experience this culinary event:

Option 1

full Weekend: Friday night through Sunday afternoon
Sign up Limit 40
Cost $145.00

Arrive at Meany around 7 PM on Friday night to stake out your sleeping accomodations. Then come and gather on the main floor for some socializing along with mushroom hors d'oeuvre and wine tasting. This will be followed by a Mushroom identification seminar, run by experts from the Puget Sound Mycological Society, during which, yoou will receive a Mushroom Identification Field Guide and CD of mushrooms examples, some of which you may find the next day. The evening will end with the famous Meany dessert buffet.

Get up Saturday morning to a great Meany breakfast. After you get your day gear ready, come back to the main floor where the Meany Chefs will have layed out a varitable Smörgåsbord of food, for you to pack a sack lunch from. You then head out for a day of mushroom hunting with our team of expert guides. Plan on coming back to Meany around 3 PM.

Option 2

Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon
sign up limit 35. Cost $110.00

Gather at Crystal Springs campground on Saturday, around 9:30 AM. Note: Campground is closed, so you will need to park by the side of the road. Meet and talk to the guides. Then break into collecting groups, and go scavange mushrooms. Please do remember to pack something for lunch and to drink. Plan on coming to Meany around 3 PM.

As both groups begin to gather back at Meany, we will have a sorting/display tables set up to let all appreciate the acquired treasures of the forest - nope, you can't horde !!!

While the mushrooms are being sorted, your taste buds will be tempted by a hot mulled punch, canapés, and mushroom hors d'oeuvres. This will be followed by a sumptuous gourmet dinner and dessert.

Right after dinner a local expert will present a talk, with socialize following

Sunday we'll enjoy another fantastic Meany breakfast, featuring locally grown mushrooms. After breakfast we will collect locally, review the display, have a seminars on "Don't eat the mushroom!" and a "mushroom preservation, preparation and cooking". Sit down to another famous Meany mushroom based lunch before we head back to town.

Saturday Night Speaker - Daniel Winkler

Daniel grew up collecting mushrooms in the Alps and studied geo-ecology in Munich and Berlin. Then he worked on environmental issues in Tibet, focusing on forests and fungi as a source of rural livelihood. In 1996, Daniel moved to Seattle and joined PSMS. He is currently working as a mushroom educator, photographer, and author of Field Guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California (Harbour Publishing 2011/2012) and with Larry Evans “Field Guide to Tropical Amazon Mushrooms” (Mushroaming Publishing 2014). He continuously works on his extensive web pages at and since 2006, through his travel agency mushroaming, Daniel is organizing eco-tours to Tibet, the Amazon, and beyond.

What one needs to bring for Mushroom collecting:

First time Meany visitors are encouraged to check out the Lodge's Guest Information page, but here is a minumum list of items you should come with for a over night stay at Meany:

Everyone should review the mountaineers's recommended list of The 10 Outdoor Essentials

Driving directions, maps and GPS coordinates to Meany and Crystal Springs Campground

For additional information, please contact Patti Polinsky

To sign up click on: mushroom weekend

To see what kind of recipes we use at the lodge during Mushroom weekend please click on Recipes then click on event meal icon.