You might laugh at the idea of a Mushroom Festival (and, for sure, there are other, better-attended events), but my newsletter always features a “local” article and I decided to highlight this event because it’s signature Philadelphia (area). What I mean is that nowhere else, other than Kennett Square, known as the mushroom capital of the world, would you find such a long-running event paying homage to fungi. For you transplants to the area who may not be aware, 65% of mushrooms consumed in the US are grown in Kennett Square. So, maybe now it doesn’t seem so unreasonable that there’s a local festival celebrating this often under-appreciated menu item. This volunteer-organized event, with amazing variety, over 250 vendors and plenty of entertainment uses the proceeds to enhance the mushroom-growing community. Last year, over $100,000 in funds were donated in the form of farming grants to local growers.