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Mushroom Festival

Sat, 15 Apr 2023
15-04-2023 09:00
16-04-2023 17:00

Ticket Price is for entry to main talks and workshops
Entry to the art exhibition and marketplace are free

Join us for a celebration of all things fungi in Ballan in April 2023, for what we hope will be our first annual Moorabool Mushroom Festival!

The event will be held at the Ballan Mechanics Institute, which is 5 minutes walk from the Ballan train station. Further details about ticketing and local accomodation to come.

This 2 day festival will be looking at all aspects of fungi including:

  • ecology
  • citizen-science
  • cultivation
  • foraging
  • food
  • medicine
  • mycoremediation
  • mycomaterials

As part of this we will have talks, workshops, nature walks, art, a social event and a market.

Speakers include

  • Dr Alison Pouliot: author of "Wild Mushrooming" and "The Allure of Fungi"
  • Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher: mycologist, author of several fungi guidebooks and project lead of Fungi for Land
  • Dr Margaret Ross: Chief Principal Investigator and Clinical Lead for Australia’s first psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy study treating depression and anxiety in the terminally ill
  • Amanda Morgan: myco-materials expert and founder of Fungi Solutions

More information about speakers, workshops and activities available here:

Social event

There will be a dinner and social event on the Saturday night. Tickets need to be purchased separately for this (see below)

Art exhibition

The Ballan Artists Collective will be holding a fungi themed art exhibition from April 14th to 30th. For more info or to be part of the exhibition please fill in the expression of interest form and we will pass on your details http://thq.fyi/se/Fy-cmSI


The festival is being organised by MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology with the support of the Moorabool Shire Council and many local and national organisations including Fungimap, Moorabool Environment Group, Geelong Field Naturalist Club, Moorabool Catchment Landcare Group, Moorabool Landcare Network, Wombat Forestcare, Wombat Regional Arts Network, Ballan Artists Collective, Australian Psychedelic Society, Fungi for Land, Fungi Solutions, Fun Fungi Ecology and Mycelium Laboratories. If your organisation would like to be part of the event please get in touch!

Market stalls, speakers and art exhibition

If you have previously submitted an expression of interest for speaking, arts or market stalls, apologies for the delay! We are sorting through large numbers of EOIs but will get back to everyone ASAP.

If you are interested in in having a market stall, speaking or being part of the art exhibition please submit an EOI here http://thq.fyi/se/Fy-cmSI

First round Early Bird tickets now open!

Ticket Type Price
General admission (both days) $125.00
Concession card holders (both days) $80.00
12-18 year olds (both days) $55.00
Children under 12 free $0.00
Saturday day only general $85.00
Sunday day only general $85.00
Saturday day only concession $55.00
Sunday day only concession $55.00
Saturday day only 12-18 year olds $30.00
Sunday day only 12-18 year olds $30.00
SOCIAL EVENT/DINNER Saturday evening concession card holders $45.00
SOCIAL EVENT/DINNER Saturday evening general admission $60.00
Total: $
Mechanics Institute Reserve & Ballan Community House
143 Inglis St, Ballan VIC 3342, Australia

124 Weston St, Brunswick East, Victoria, 3057, Australia

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