“Always the weekend after Labor Day.” That is the quote on the website for the 29th annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. And for the residents of the Brandywine Valley and beyond, this is an event that is looked forward to each and every year, and it just gets better and better. The Festival signals the beginning of the fall festival season and it occurs this year on September 6 and 7.
The Festival’s first year was 1985 and spanned only one block at that time. Now, the Festival, as it has grown in popularity, has also continued to grow in size and now encompasses a half-mile of downtown Kennett Square space. The streets are lined with vendors peddling their wares as well as many area restaurants selling some of their most delicious dishes; all having at least one dish that has an iteration using mushrooms.
However, the streets lined with vendors are just the tip of the iceberg for the time you will spend at the Festival. A huge festival wouldn’t be complete without a good, old-fashioned carnival and the Mushroom Festival does not disappoint. At the west end of the Festival, you will find rides and a fun house, as well as children’s entertainment on a stage, which include musicians and demonstrations by Brandywine Zoo.
The Festival is also chock full of events and demonstrations that encompass both Saturday and Sunday, and there is something for everyone. Everything from a Soup and Wine Fest to culinary demonstrations to a fried mushroom eating contest. There is also an antique and classic car show, as well as a Mushroom Run/Walk, among many other events that you can find the schedule for right here.
The massive event gets its “official start” on Friday evening with a community parade followed by dining and dancing in the streets. The Mushroom Festival is something to behold, and there is no better place to experience it than the Mushroom Capital of the World.