Morel Mushroom Festival – Muscoda
In 1982, Muscoda acquired the title of “Wisconsin’s Morel Capital.” The Morel Mushroom Festival is held annually the weekend following Mother’s Day with activities for the whole family.
Morel mushroom fever strikes Wisconsin every spring. The enthusiasm for a trek to the Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival, held this year Saturday and Sunday, May 18–19, is so extreme you’d think there was gold in them thar hills. Muscoda, Wisconsin’s Morel Mushroom Capital, is located in the heart of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway following the graceful curves of the Wisconsin River. It’s the perfect day trip and opportunity to join thousands of morel maniacs from around the region as they come to buy morel mushrooms.
The Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival offers family fun for children to adults. The weekend festivities include bounce houses, arts and crafts fair, flea market, Bartels Chainsaw Carving Show, Lower Wisconsin Riverway Walking Tour, Effigy Mound tours, winery tours, the Muscoda Volunteer Fire Department Annual Steak Feed, a tractor pull and food for sale from local vendors. Highlights of this year’s festival feature guest speakers including Inga Witscher of PBS Around the Farm Table and an indoor art show. The Tasting Room has been a festival favorite featuring local food producers. It is shared with a Microbrew Tasting in Mushroom Headquarters. Mushroom Headquarters is where over a thousand pounds of morels are bought and sold. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample fried morel mushrooms (while they last) as well as a signature mushroom brat. Fireworks light up the sky on Saturday evening and the weekend events wrap up with a parade featuring members of the UW Band at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The “morel” of the story is the trip to the Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival is a tradition that should not be missed. This spring adventure can’t be put off, as morels are around for only a few weeks each year.