39th Annual Mushroom Festival

Sept. 7 - Sept. 8, 2024 in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Carla Hall will be one of the judges for our Amateur Cooking contests being held on Saturday, September 7th as well as providing a cooking demonstration on Saturday as well. Please watch for further details here within the next few days.

About Carla…

Carla Hall first won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars” and shared her philosophy to always cook with love. She believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others.

Carla spent 7 years co-hosting ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew”, and is currently featured on the Food Network in shows such as “Thanksgiving, Holiday and Halloween Baking Championships” (judge), and “Worst Cooks in America”.

Her latest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, was published in 2018, landing on annual “Best Cookbook” lists across the country and receiving an NAACP Image Awards nomination. In 2024, Carla is being honored by Les Dames d’Escoffier as Grande Dame, a lifetime achievement award and honorary title is given to members in recognition of extraordinary contributions within the fields of food, beverage and hospitality.

Hall published her debut picture book, Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, in November 2021, with Denene Millner Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Illustrated by Cherise Harris, Carla and the Christmas Cornbread is a heartwarming tale loosely based on Hall’s childhood growing up in Nashville, TN, that celebrates family traditions, old and new, and also includes a child-friendly Christmas cornbread recipe perfect for the holidays.

She is active in many charitable endeavors and focuses her board member-level participation in organizations where she can make an impact advocating for children such as with 4H, Pajama Program, GenYouth, and Helen Keller International. In addition, Carla volunteers time to promote other non profit organizations such as: The James Beard Foundation, FEED America, Jacques Pepin Foundation, The Smithsonian Institutes and their membership of museums, and many others.

Become a Volunteer

Applications will be available 7/30/2024

The Mushroom Festival is a community event that raises money for charity. Volunteers are critical to the Mushroom Festival. Each year hundreds of wonderful people volunteer a morning, an afternoon, a whole day or even the entire weekend to make the Festival a success.


The Festival needs people to help with set-up prior to the event, man booths during the event, and help with clean-up after the Festival. You must be 18 to volunteer.








Countdown to The 39th Mushroom Festival