A small group of mushroom enthusiasts decided to have a festival to celebrate Kennett Square’s number one cash crop– the mushroom. In 1986 that became a reality as Kennett Square hosted its first Mushroom Festival. It was the culmination of many local activities during Mushroom Week; it was a one day affair and just two blocks long.
Thirty-two years later the Festival stretches more about a mile and features culinary events, growing exhibits, many contests, children’s entertainment, and nearly 250 vendors with attendance calculated at up to 100,000 guests.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania has long been known as “The Mushroom Capital of the World,” with more mushroom growing operations concentrated in the Southern Chester County area than any other area in the United States. Over 65 percent of the mushrooms consumed in the United States are grown right here!
The Mushroom Festival promotes our favorite crop, MUSHROOMS, Kennett Square and tourism in Southern Chester County. Over 100,000 visitors come from far and wide to experience our “Small Town America” Festival.
The Mushroom Festival is an all volunteer organization whose proceeds are distributed to a wide variety of charities and organizations benefiting the residents of Kennett Square and the surrounding communities. From the 2016 Festival, $81,200 was given back to the community in the form of Mushroom Festival grants to local non-profit organizations. In total The Mushroom Festival has given over $886,000 back to the community since 2000.
Our Festival is made possible by the generous financial support of our mushroom industry, and many businesses and organizations. We would like to sincerely thank them along with the businesses that have donated goods and services.
We always welcome new volunteers! Last year, over 500 volunteers came together to make the Festival an experience like no other in the area. We encourage you to join the fun.Our Button-Up-a-Booth programs gives businesses and organizations the opportunity to adopt one of our volunteer booths/locations to man for the Festival. We also welcome students needing community service hours.
Plan your vacation to include the Mushroom Festival! We are just minutes from Longwood Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum, the Brandywine Battlefield, and many other world class attractions. You will be glad you did!
In 2014, because of Mushroom Festival supporters, the Mushroom Festival won #2 as the Best Specialty Food Festival in America in the Reader’s Choice/USA Today Travel contest. Gourmet Live (Gourmet Magazine‘s online resource) featured the Mushroom Festival as one of America’s Best Food Festivals. Travelocity voted The Mushroom Festival one of the top 10 festivals in Pennsylvania. We’re also featured on the Food Network’s All American Festival show.