Mushrooms are big business in Pennsylvania—a multimillion-dollar business in fact. Over 65 percent of mushrooms consumed in the U.S. are grown in the state. And Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, known as “The Mushroom Capital of the World” is ready for a little more mushroom mania September 9-11, when the National Mushroom Festival and National Mushroom Eating Contest take over the town during Mushroom Month.
Drawing nearly 100,000 guests, the festival offers up a slice of Americana and enthusiasm centered around an unlikely star—the mushroom. From a parade and street fair, to cooking demos and the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship (sponsored by Buona Foods), those little fungi are proof that small things can generate festive ideas and revenue. Pop more fried mushrooms than your friends and fellow competitors, and you could walk away with the $1,000 prize. It’s like getting paid to eat all of the hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail party. What’s not to love? There’s mushroom judging, mushroom soup, a mushroom appetizer cook-off and a juggler. Can mushrooms be juggled? It’s a good bet when you’re in the Mushroom Capital of the World.
By Dr. Nancy Brek.
Full Article: The Mushroom Festival.