Organized by the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Organization, Morgan Hill’s 35th Annual Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival celebration held over this Memorial Day weekend expected more than 70,000 visitors over the two-day event. The all day event offers friends and family, live music, carnival games and rides. Food venders from all over Monterey and Santa Clara County offered beer battered fried mushrooms, zucchini and onion rings as a traditional sampler for the event. With dozens of vendors prepared mushroom dishes in celebration of Santa Clara and Monterey county mushroom growers no appetite went unmet with a broad range of mushroom dishes for the whole family to enjoy.
A Mushroom Educational Exhibit Tent allowed visitors to see how mushrooms are grown in the region. Emily Bettencourt with Gilroy’s Global Mushrooms said, “Today we are just providing an educational booth providing information about Margi Gras Mushroom growers”. For 35 years Morgan Hill has been one of Western California’s hotspot for local mushroom farms. “We are located in Gilroy, but our sister farm is located off of Watsonville Road and Monterey Road in Morgan Hill, California”.
Bettencourt said, “First off mushrooms have to grow in compost”. With a pasturing procedure for the compost and laboratory development of the fungi, mushrooms are zapped into a vegetative state by reducing the amount of CO2 levels used to produce a fruiting stage of growth. “After nine weeks from start-up compost we get the first crop,” Bettencourt said.
Entertainment ran on three stages showcasing local performers located near Depot and 4th Street. Munchkin Land located at the Depot parking lot between 3rd and 4th Street featured the United Academy of Martial Arts, Champions Academy and Mama’s Wranglers, with others on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Street performances and musical events are expected to continue all day Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.