Boyne City National Morel Mushroom Festival

Address
Boyne City, MI 49712
Phone
231-582-6222
Website
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Event Start
8:00 AM  on  on May 17, 2018
Event End
8:00 PM  on  on May 20, 2018
Category
Festivals

Thursday, May 17th

3 pm – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

5 to 9 pm – Craft Beer Block Party in downtown Boyne City.  Last year’s party featured 22 craft beer brewers, two wineries, 3 local restaurants,  2 local food trucks and live music.  Admission is $18, which includes a souvenir beer glass and 5 tasting tickets. For details, visit www.morelblockparty.com or call the Boyne Area Chamber at 231-582-6222.

Friday, May 18th

1-6 pm  – Craft Show – Veterans Park .  Showcasing crafters with unique, hand-made items. Application and rules.

1-6 pm  – M.O.R.E.L. Show  – Sunset Park.  “Michigan Outdoor Recreational Experiences & Living Show” in Sunset Park, corner of Water and Lake Streets, adjacent to the Chamber office. Vendor application and rules.

3 pm – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

4 pm – Morel Seminar – A free one-hour seminar with great tips on finding morels in the woods, featuring local morel hunting expert Anthony Williams.  Veterans Park.

 5 pm Friday Evening Guided Morel Hunt.  $15.00 per person. The Guided Hunt is designed as an educational morel hunt with guides that will help you identify morel hunting areas as well as other edibles in the woods.  There is no guarantee that you will find morels, but you will gain “a bag full of knowledge” about morels and other edibles in the northern Michigan forest.  You may bring a sack, walking shoes, water and a cell phone.  Buses depart from Veterans Park following the Morel Seminar at 5 p.m.   Plan on returning to Veterans Park by 7:00 p.m.  Advance registration available through Paypal.  This event is limited to the first 200 applicants

5:30 and 8:00 pm  – Morel Fest Wine & Dine gourmet event with live entertainment.   Offered by the Boyne Area Chamber with two seatings at 5:30 and 8 p.m. at the Beach House restaurant on Deer Lake (439 E. Deer Lake Road). This event always sells out, so don’t wait to make your reservations. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes five morel-infused hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Beach House, five wine tastings, tax and gratuity. Reserve your seat online, or call the Chamber at 231-582-6222.
First seating 5:30 p.m.  – click here for reservations & menu.
Second seating 8 p.m.  – click here for reservations & menu.

7 p.m. to 12 Midnight – Live music  –  Bars and restaurants in Boyne City – Cafe Sante, Boyne City Taproom, Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen, BC Lanes (and maybe more) feature live entertainment. Check back for details on bands and times.

Saturday, May 19th

7-10 am  – Morel Breakfast at the VFW Post 3675 @ 1108 Boyne Avenue.

8 am  – “Run for Their Lives” Humane Society 5K run.
**Register in Sunset Park behind the Boyne Area Chamber office beginning at 6:30 am.  Click here for the   2018 run for their lives Registration Form and more information.

8:00 am The Saturday Competitive Hunt.  $20.00 per person.This is a competitive, 90-minute morel hunting experience.  You will be bused to a secret location to collect the most morels.  Prizes are awarded.  The buses will leave from the registration area at the former Carter’s Store at 1315 Boyne Avenue (M-75) at 9:00 a.m. sharp!   Plan on returning to the same location approximately three hours later. (Parking is available).  Advance registration available through Paypal.   Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the tent in Veterans Park at 3:30 p.m.  (On-site registration will be available on Saturday, May 19th from 8-9:00 a.m. for $25.00 per person).

10 -6 pm  – Craft Show – Veterans Park.  Showchasing crafters with unique, hand-made items.

10 – 6 pm  – M.O.R.E.L. Outdoor Show, Sunset Park, corner of Water and Lake Streets adjacent to the Chamber office.

11 am – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park

12 – 3 pm – Taste of Morels,  Our Premiere Event!  Area restaurants & chefs provide morel-infused delicacies!  Beer & wine available.  Admission $5.00.   This year’s participants are to be announced!  Below is a list of participants for 2017.

  • Barrel Back Restaurant
  • BC Pizza of Boyne
  • BC Lanes
  • Beach House
  • Bella Vita
  • Blue Smoke
  • Boyne City Taproom
  • Café Sante
  • Everett’s
  • Forty Acres Tavern
  • Red Mesa Grill
  • Sommerset Pointe/Porter Creek Fish House
  • The Tilted Skillet

Tastes from 2017 included: Creamy Morel Mushroom Risotto, Morel Mushroom Soup, Beef & Venison Slider with morels, Morel Fricasse w/ Chicken, Morel Pizza, Morel Taquodilla, Smoked Duck & Morel Taco. 

If you would like your restaurant to participate in theTaste of Morels, complete the Taste of Morels Application 2018, and email to [email protected] following application.  Additional information is available here Taste of Morels explanation letter 2018 for participating restaurants.

4 p.m. – The Great Morel Giveaway. Enter to WIN a pound of Morel mushrooms at more than 25 stores in downtown Boyne City. Look for the Great Morel Giveaway poster in the store windows of participating merchants. Shop downtown in participating stores ahead of time and enter individually in each participating store. Enter in as many stores as you want! Stores will have either a pound of morels or a gift certificate to their store. Drawings will begin at Freshwater Gallery at 4 p.m. Walk through downtown with Tony Williams, event organizer, to witness the drawings at each participating store. You must be present to win! Check back for list of stores.

7 p.m. to 12 Midnight – Live music  –  Bars and restaurants in Boyne City – Cafe Sante, Boyne City Taproom, Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen, BC Lanes (and maybe more) feature live entertainment. Check back for details on bands and times.

Sunday, May 20th

11 – 4 pm – Craft Show in Veterans Park.  Showcasing crafters with unique, hand-made items.

11 – 6 pm  – M.O.R.E.L. Outdoor Show in Sunset Park, corner of Lake and Water Streets adjacent to Chamber office.

12 noon – Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park.

Event Start
8:00 AM  on  on Thursday, May 17, 2018
Event End
8:00 PM  on  on Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Boyne City
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