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Kennett Mushroom Festival returns to State Street for 2022

03/14/2022 08:59PM ● By Steven Hoffman

The 37th Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is heading back to State Street in 2022, the Mushroom Festival Board announced this week. The two-day event is a popular community experience—spanning nearly 40 years—and celebrating everything mushrooms and more, including Kennett Square, the Mushroom Capital of the World, mushroom farms, and the community. 

The Mushroom Festival will take place on State Street on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be able to host this popular community event in the center of town,” said Gina Puoci, the Mushroom Festival Board President. “It’s where the Festival first began, and it’s where we belong.”

The Festival was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, while still facing some logistical challenges and uncertainty, the festival was held, but in a different location in Kennett Square.

Gale Ferranto, Mushroom Festival Coordinated explained, “Our goal is to celebrate mushrooms and the community that supports the industry. There’s no better place to do that than in the center of the Mushroom Capital of the World.”

Fan favorites like the Amateur Mushroom Eating and Mushroom Cooking Contests will be back this year, along with other favorites like Mushroom Soup, Mushroom Cooking Demonstrations, the Mushroom Growers Tent, Painted Mushrooms, Kiddie Rides, Car Show, and more.

Mushrooms are on the Move. With their significant health benefits and variety of uses, they are topping trend lists from outlets like the  New York Times, and have been cited as a go-to ingredient this year from retailers like Whole Foods. From traditional dishes like mushroom soup to powdered in coffees and teas, jerky, dried snacks and more, Mushrooms will be on full display at this year’s festival.

Follow the Mushroom Festival on Facebook (@themushroomfestival) for details as they become available.