LUNCH & SEMINAR – Mushroom Masterclass

Mushroom Masterclass with Alison Pouliot and Jo Barrett

What a bumper season for mushrooms! With their earthy fragrances and myriad colours, fungi capture the essence of autumn. The Ballarat region, with its mix of native and European trees, is a favourite mushrooming haunt. But foragers beware. Fungi are diverse, delicious and sometimes deadly. Among the delectable edible mushrooms lurk those that could land you in the grave.

With interest in foraging for wild food on the rise, learning to accurately identify fungi takes time. A new Australian approach combining ‘slow mushrooming’ and ‘ecological foraging’ reduces both poisoning risk to humans and harm to the environment.

Chef Jo Barrett and local author/ecologist Alison Pouliot in Conversation with FoodTV’s Richard Cornish, have teamed up to bring you the delights of autumn. Join them for a delicious four course feast of local fungal fare and exciting conversation about all things fungal.

You’ll also get to enjoy a display of local fungi and have your questions answered, or if you’ve found a mushroom and don’t know if it’s desirable or deadly, bring it along have it identified.

The event includes a copy of Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers by Alison Pouliot & Tom May (RRP $50) and a take home set of mushrooms grown by Mushroom Connection.

Further copies of Alison’s books, The Allure of Fungi  and Wild Mushrooming will be available for purchase.

The full autumn workshops and events listing can be viewed here.



TIME: 12pm midday

COST: $225 per head includes 4 course meal, mushroom identification talk, a copy of the book Wild Mushrooming (or The Allure of Fungi) and take home mushrooms from Mushroom Connection.