Mushroom news

August 26, 2011

Sorry to go all Autumnal on you before August is even out but news here of a couple of opportunities for lovers of the fungi that will be springing out of damp forest floors all over the shop.  You can book yourself in to Hambleton Hall’s annual Fungi Foray from 10.o0am on 1 October, which includes a tutored hunt through Burley on the Hill Wood (35 varieties found last year) and coffee, lunch and wine back at the ranch, all for £80.

More realistically for most, mushroom fans can also sate their desires at  Carluccio’s at Highcross, Leicester,  which has a mushroom festival running from 10 September  to 10 October. The eponymous founder of the business made his name to the wider British public with a series of mushroom hunting TV programmes so there’s form here. There’ll be weekly-changing mushroom specials featuring rare and wild varieties on the menu, and deli specials to take out including truffled flatbreads and a truffle and porcini risotto kit.  On September 20th there’s an in-store event from 6.30 to 8pm that will include wine, tasting of mushroom specials, a talk from a mushroom expert and a goody bag to take home. Book here – Carluccio’s Leicester – cost is £15.

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