Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”
September 6-7, 2014
Mushroom lovers across the nation converge in historic Kennett Square each year on the weekend after Labor Day. They come to celebrate the humble fungi known as the mushroom at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, a two-day festival of food and family fun.
Now in its 29th year, the annual fest is expected to attract more than 100,000 mushroom aficionados. Highlights of this year’s festival include the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship, an Antique and Classic Car Show and a Mushroom 5k Run/Walk winding past local mushroom farms.
Read on for our complete guide to the festival.
On Friday, September 5, a parade starts the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. The community parade rolls through town starting at 6 p.m. The route begins at Willow Street (at Anson B. Nixon Park) before marching along State Street to Meredith Street.
Following the parade, stay in town for live music, dining and dancing in the streets. Local band Good Foot is set to play at the corner of Union and State streets until 9:30 p.m., and the restaurants along State Street will set up special outside tables for dining in the street.
Carnival and Street Fair
Though mushrooms are the centerpiece of the festival, the prime attractions must be the three-day carnival and two-day street fair.
On Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., take part in an old-fashioned carnival featuring rides, games and all your favorite carnival foods. The carnival takes place at the Genesis Parking Lot on the corner of South Union and South streets, with entrance on Broad Street.
On Saturday and Sunday, nearly 200 vendors from all over the country will line the streets of downtown Kennett Square with arts, crafts, food and more, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Year after year, the festival promises a variety of mushroom-centric and non-mushroom-centric events.
The mushroom farm tours are always a favorite as they only occur once a year during the Mushroom Festival. This year’s farm tours will take place on Saturday and will bring guests around a working maitake mushroom farm. Timed tickets are required for the tours. Tickets will be available at the corner of N. Union and Linden streets.
Watch dedicated competitors take on the fungi in a fried mushroom eating contest, also on Saturday. Last year’s winner, who consumed nine pounds of mushrooms in eight minutes (!!!), will be back to defend her title. The contest is slated to begin at 3 p.m. in the special events tent.
The festival closes out with the well-loved soup and wine event on Sunday. Local restaurants compete for the title (and bragging rights) to be named maker of 2014′s Best Mushroom Soup, while local wineries battle for the title of Best Red Wine and Best White Wine. Sample the soup and wines, listen to some great local music, relax with friends and, before you leave, place your vote for this year’s best.
For a breath of non-mushroom air, the Antique and Classic Car Show returns on Saturday with more than 70 restored antique and classic cars. The cars will line Broad Street starting at W. Cypress Street.
Mushroom Festival Map
For a detailed map of the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, click the image below.
Admission to the festival is $2 per person (ages 12 and up). Proceeds from the sale of admission wristbands goes toward the Mushroom Festival’s grant program. Wristbands may be purchased in advance at The Mushroom Cap at 114 W. State Street, and on the day of the event at the Mushroom Festival parking lots.
Getting There and Parking
Kennett Square is located in Chester County, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia.
Parking is $10 per car in any of the three available lots and includes free shuttle bus to the street fair.
Lawn signs direct visitors to the parking lots in the vicinity.
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