Texas Mushroom Festival in Madisonville celebrates this diverse and tasty food

Every year, the City of Madisonville comes alive and goes all out for everything mushroom for the Texas Mushroom Festival. This year’s festival is set for Oct. 14 in downtown Madisonville.

If you have not experienced this, you must.  The entire downtown square is converted into an old-time street festival, complete with live music and dance performances, delicious foods and hundreds of vendor booths offering an array of different handcrafted wares.  

Last year an estimated 18,000 visitors enjoyed the Shiitake 5K race, Auto Showcase, Photography and Art Contests, Mushroom Cooking Demonstrations with free mushroom fajitas, a Quilt Show, the Texas Wine Tasting,  Biergarten, featuring Texas Craft Beers and Kids Zone.

Admission to the Festival is Free; there is a charge for the Wine Tasting and Biergarten. www.TexasMushroomFestival.com.

For those enjoying the festival, get a headstart on holiday shopping in the more than 240 vendor booths set up throughout the downtown area.

Mushrooms are delicious, of course, but all festival food is good, so get your fill while browsing through the festival grounds.

The food demonstrations are perhaps the most popular attraction at the festival. Watch chefs from the region do magic with mushrooms and learn how to make mushrooms a healthy and tasty addition to any meal.

The quilt show held at the historic Woodbine Hotel also is a popular attraction. The quilts are beautiful and are works of art.

Also, don’t miss the classic car show and art and photography contest. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m.

Visit texasmushroomfestival.com to learn about all the must-see attractions at this annual event.