36th Annual Mushroom Festival

Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sept. 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The 36th Annual Mushroom Festival will be held Saturday, September 11 & Sunday, September 12, 2021. The theme of the 2021 festival is Rooted in the Community as a way to celebrate the Kennett Square mushroom industry and surrounding community.

NEW LOCATION! 600 S. Broad Street

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Schedule

 8:45 am, Sep 11

20th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Service

General

 9:00 am, Sep 11
 Community Stage

Jack Marshall

Music

Jack Marshall is a local favorite with soulful cover tunes.

 9:00 am, Sep 11

Mushroom Festival Gates Open

General

Mushroom Growers Exhibit

General

Did you know mushrooms double in size every 24 hours? That they don’t need sunlight to grow? And a handful of mushrooms have more Potassium than one banana?



Learn about how mushrooms grow—from tiny spores to the yummy fungi that end up on your tables. Here from Kennett Square mushroom growers about the intricacies of mushroom harvesting, the many sustainable properties of mushroom production (there are a lot!), the nutritional value, and much more!


 10:30 am, Sep 11
 Community Stage

Amateur Cook-Off Contest

General

What mushroom dish would you create with five ingredients or less? These amateur cooks show us their best in these mushroom-themed dishes.

 12:00 pm, Sep 11
 Community Stage

The Mushroom Lady

General

Nutritionist Leslie Bonci highlights the many nutritional benefits of mushrooms. This superfood is high in nutrients and low in fat, calories and cholesterol, so there's plenty to spotlight!

 1:30 pm, Sep 11
 Community Stage

Ms. Maggie Sings

Kids

Peggy Gernerd is Miss Maggie, a children’s performer who combines singing, guitar, percussion, poems and stories to entertain and teach children of all ages (adults, too!)
A Kutztown University graduate, Peggy has a B.F.A. in Related Arts (theater, music, movement and literature). She studied children’s theater and street theater with Bill George of Touchstone (formerly People’s Theatre Co.), in Bethlehem, PA. Peggy also studied the Meisner Acting Technique at Gately Poole in NYC, movement with The Actor’s Movement Studio in NYC, and musical theater/cabaret with Elizabeth Hodes at Herbert Berghof Studio in NYC.

 3:00 pm, Sep 11
 Community Stage

Stephanie Surowiec--Meat, Meet Mushrooms!

General

Stephanie Surowiec, food blogger, recipe developer and photographer from the blog Dinner Club Diaries will demonstrate her Almost Award-Winning French Bistro Smashburger. This burger was a Top-3 finalist in the 2020 Bon Appétit Blended Burger Contest and features 2 smashburger patties containing beef and sautéed Crimini mushrooms, Gruyère cheese, jammy balsamic onions and a cornichon aioli on a brioche bun.

 4:30 pm, Sep 11
 Community Stage

Swing that Cat

Music

Formed in 2013, Swing That Cat has carved out a niche with a seductive sound, and live shows that encourage their audiences to shimmy and shake. Swing That Cat is not simply a throwback band. Drawing their inspiration from a time when one hand of Swing was moving into Jump Blues, Rock and Roll and the other was headed for Bebop Jazz, their original compositions sound fresh and inventive. If you are not up and dancing, you will still find yourself bopping in your seat.

 6:00 pm, Sep 11
 Community Stage

Essie and The Eggmen Featuring Andrew Lipke

Music

Essie & the Eggman are a blues/rock band originating out of Philadelphia, PA. The group formed in summer of 2021 and comprises of vocalist Essie Riddle (Looseleaf), guitarist Andrew Lipke (Get the Led Out), and bassist Andrew Napoli (Looseleaf). The three met after working on several productions and projects such as Come Together: Abbey Road with multiple sell-out performances in the Philly area, and a Philadelphia tribute to The Last Waltz (Franklin Music Hall). The musical energy of this group can be compared to the rock and blues bands of the late and great musical decades. Performing an array of covers across genres, and styles always with a little rock and blues flair, Essie & the Eggman leave a lasting impression for those who like to rock.

 10:00 am, Sep 12

Mushroom Festival Gates Open

General

 10:00 am, Sep 12
 Growers Tent

Mushroom Growers Exhibit

General

Did you know mushrooms double in size every 24 hours? That they don’t need sunlight to grow? And a handful of mushrooms have more Potassium than one banana?



Learn about how mushrooms grow—from tiny spores to the yummy fungi that end up on your tables. Here from Kennett Square mushroom growers about the intricacies of mushroom harvesting, the many sustainable properties of mushroom production (there are a lot!), the nutritional value, and much more!


 10:00 am, Sep 12
 Community Stage

Three Outside Cats

Music

Start the day with the collaboration of Paul Wilkinson, Tim Celfo and Joe Hillman--three local musicians who play a delightful acoustic Americana mix.

 11:00 am, Sep 12
 Community Stage

The Mushroom Lady

General

Nutritionist Leslie Bonci highlights the many nutritional benefits of mushrooms. This superfood is high in nutrients and low in fat, calories and cholesterol, so there's plenty to spotlight!

 12:00 pm, Sep 12
 Community Stage

Cooking with Chuck Perry

General

Local chef Chuck Perry knows how to use the famous Kennett Square mushrooms--he's been working with them for years! Check out his food demonstration Sunday and see how he uses the fabulous fungi in his dishes!

 1:30 pm, Sep 12
 Community Stage

Mushroom Eating Contest

General

For the love of (fried) mushrooms, these amateur contestants are in it to win it! Watch as they enjoy fried mushrooms like never before...or are you up for the challenge?

Top three winners received a cash prize!
1st- $300
2nd- $200
3rd- $100

Click the 'View Website' link at the bottom of the app page or 'Learn More' on the website page to enter for a chance to win and bragging rights!

 3:00 pm, Sep 12
 Community Stage

The Billy Kelly Show

Kids

Billy Kelly has been entertaining kids and families with his smart, funny songs since 2009 AD. Over the course of his 11-year career, Billy Kelly has opened for President Barack Obama, duetted with Davy Jones of The Monkees, and been nominated for a Grammy Award — in that order. National Public Radio has praised his “endearingly oddball sense of humor,” and the Common Sense Media has cited his “Vast appeal for kids and adults alike.”

 4:30 pm, Sep 12
 Community Stage

Earl Pickens and the Family

Music

Earl Pickens & Family got their start in New York City’s East Village anti-folk scene in the early 2000’s. Their 2011 song-for-song cover of the U2 album The Joshua Tree earned them international praise and airplay. Their live shows are energetic and unscripted; featuring original songs and well known covers. TimeOut New York called them “A dang good time” and No Depression Magazine has described their music as “Roots rock charged by competence and charm.”