Celebrate Mushrooms at the Morel Festival in Boyne City

May 14-17, 2015

Spring in Northern Michigan means plants and wildflowers popping up from the ground--and of course, it means morel mushroom time. Northern Michigan is a fabulous place to hunt for morels and many conversations during this time of year revolve around the "secret spot" and how many pounds of the tasty mushrooms are found.

The morels are so popular in Northern Michigan that there is even a festival to celebrate them. The 54th Annual Morel Festival in Boyne City will be held May 14-17, 2015.

At this Boyne City festival, hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country come to seek that elusive delicacy-the marvelous morel. Found in nearby woods and clearings, morels are favored by those who know their mushrooms and during the festival, hunters hit to Northern Michigan woods to take home the top prize for the most mushrooms found.

During the festival, everything is all about mushrooms. Restaurants prepare exotic, morel-laden entrees, local songsters sing of the morel, secret hunting places are discussed, but not shared. Recipes are definitely shared and everyone goes hunting. In a good year, hunters can find thousands of the mouth-watering treats.

If you love morels, don't miss this unique--and tasty--festival! Here are the events for the 2014 Festival. Check back for the 2015 schedule.

3pm, Schmidt Amusement Carnival opens in Veterans Park
5:30 Showcase of Local Musicians! Local talent in Veterans Park. (Sponsored by the Jordan Inn)

1-6pm Craft Show in Veterans Park. Showcasing crafters with unique, hand-made items.
10am-6pm Michigan Outdoor Recreational Experiences & Living Show in Sunset Park. Businesses & organizations showcase their products & services.
3pm Schmidt Amusements Carnival opens in Veterans Park
4pm Morel Seminar Featuring local morel expert Anthony Williams. Purchase morel soup from local restaurants. Beer & Wine available.
4:30pm Festival "Guided" Morel Hunt Departs from Veterans Park Visit a nearby forest to look for the elusive morel & other edibles! Transportation provided (space is limited). Register in advance $15.00 registration fee. (Will hunt for 1 hour and return by 6:30pm)
5:30pm & 8pm Morelfest "Wine & Dine," the Beach House Restaurant. $40.00. Advance reservations required, 231-582-6222.
8:30pm Sweetwater Blues Ban Band performs under the tent Veterans Park.

7-10am Morel Breakfast in the tent in Veterans Park.
7:30am Boyne Valley Lions' National Mushroom Hunt Registration. Leave at 9am with winners announced at 3pm
7:30am Humane Society 5K Run
10-6pm Michigan Outdoor Recreational Experiences & Living Show in Sunset Park.
10-6pm Craft Show in Veterans Park. Showcasing crafters with unique, hand-made items.
11am Schmidt Amusements Carnival opens in Veterans Park
12-3pm Taste of Morels. Purchase taste tickets at the door. Area restaurants & chefs providing morel infused delicacies!
4pm Great Morel Giveaway: Downtown Boyne City sponsored by the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce.
4:30pm Private Property Morel Hunt leaves from Veterans Park. Register in advance $25.00 (limited to first to first 50 guests).
8pm The Rock n' Roll Band! Audio Circus performs under the heated tent in Veterans Park. Admission is $5

Sunday, May 20
11-4pm Craft Show in Veterans Park. Showcasing crafters with unique, hand-made items.
11-4pm Michigan Outdoor Recreational Experiences & Living Show in Sunset Park.
12pm Schmidt Amusements Carnival in Veterans Park
1-5pm he Cancer Crusaders Concert & Silent Auction featuring TNT & Northern Nites. All proceeds to local families. Food, beer & wine available.

For more information, contact:
Boyne City Chamber of Commerce
28 S Lake St
Boyne City, MI 49712

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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in Northern Michigan:

Harbor Springs, Michigan -- Harbor Springs is the place to try new things! Rent a bike or a kayak, go snow tubing, attend a concert or an art fair, or play a round of golf with friends.
Petoskey -- There's so much to do in Petoskey from the Bear River Valley Recreation Area, to Petoskey State Park, to biking, golfing, hiking, and more.
Charlevoix, Michigan -- Visiting Charlevoix in Northern Michigan is a fun-filled vacation with great beaches, boating, skiing, fishing and year 'round family fun.
Things to Do in Boyne City, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like Boyne City in Northern Michigan with camping, boating, skiing, year 'round outdoor activities, and of course, the morel mushroom!
Lots of Activities in Mackinaw City, Michigan -- Explore Mackinaw City in Northern Michigan for history, the International Dark Sky Park, and outdoor activities.
Mackinac Island -- Take a step back in time and find lots of things to do when you visit Mackinac Island by horseback or bike--no cars allowed!
Northern Michigan Activities & Things to Do -- Northern Michigan offers many fun things to do for the entire family whatever the season, whatever the reason!

Last Updated: 10-21-2014 03:15 PM ID: 457