A weekend-long celebration of the bounty found along California’s Central Coast, the Big Sur Foragers Festival highlights great food prepared using the wild food foraged in Big Sur along with world-class wine and beer. The event takes place in January, as the middle of winter is peak mushroom time in California, and Big Sur is rich with it. The weekend will be filled with many activities including hikes, cooking competitions, and dinners prepared by chefs, both guests and from the festival’s partners, Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur and Post Ranch Inn.
On Friday and Sunday mornings, guests can participate in a hike to forage through the Post Ranch property followed by a three-course lunch featuring items found on the land accompanied by pairings of local wines. An intimate cocktail reception and presentation is held on Friday night followed by a five-course tasting menu at Post Ranch Inn. Two “Wild Foraging Walk and Talk” hikes take place during the day on Saturday. The afternoon brings a popular event, the “Fungus Face-Off” where chefs from all along the Central Coast compete using chanterelles and other fungi. – Originally posted at Moving Art
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