Foragers Festival


This next weekend would be a great weekend to plan a trip to Big Sur, spend a few nights, check out the locals event on Thursday, January 10th, Oceans Fronteirs by B-SAGE, and stay on for the Foragers Festival events on Friday and Saturday, January 11-12! Join us for some wonderful winter events!

January 11 – 12, 2013

Enjoy A Culinary Exploration into the World of Wild Foods

A celebration of the amazing array of wild foods will be the centerpiece for a Big Sur weekend of gourmet food, world-class wine and beer, entertainment, expert-led foraging hikes, a chef competition and a very special dinner with Kory Stewart, a chef who Forages! All events are for the benefit of the Big Sur Health Center.

Friday night will feature dinners at local restaurants. The Big Sur Bakery will host “Forage with Friends” dinner. The River Inn will partner with Firestone Brewery for a “Foragers Beer Dinner” And many exciting dinners/specials venues.

Saturday morning kicks off with Wild Mushroom Walks and Talks led by expert foragers. These will be informative and entertaining strolls through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

The Restaurant at Ventana will host two events on Saturday beginning with a chef competition featuring wild mushrooms. Titled “Fungus Face-Off”, the event will put participating chefs in friendly competition for “best” in numerous categories by noted judges, culminating in “People’s Choice”. The food and wine tastings also features a silent auction with many unique offerings. The Fungus Face-Off takes place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Saturday evening, Truman Jones, executive chef at the Restaurant at Ventana and Kory Stewart, executive chef at Americano Restaurant located in San Francisco’s Hotel Vitale, will prepare the grand dinner beginning at 6:00 pm at the Restaurant at Ventana. The multi-course dinner, destined to be a memorable feast, will be paired with incredible wine selections.

Please visit our site: Big Sur Foragers Festival for more information including schedule, prices and ticket sales.
*The Chanterelle Festival has been discontinued.

4 thoughts on “Foragers Festival

  1. I love ‘wild food’ as a category, too delightful. And the wonderful picture, anything that golden reminding me of butter is always happiness run amok.

  2. OMG….would I LOVE to be there for this!! Foraging is a huge part of my life, and Big Sur has so much to offer. Texas is a bit of a challenge in it, but I’m working on it. Have a wonderful time with this.

  3. Hi Kate

    Hoping you can help us spread the word about this years Festival:)

    Tickets On Sale
    New Wineries and Chefs Announced
    2014 Big Sur Foragers Festival Dates Announced
    A Culinary Exploration into the World of Wild Foods
    Judges, Chefs and Wineries Announced!
    BIG SUR, CA — A celebration of the amazing array of wild foods will be the centerpiece for a weekend of gourmet food, world-class wine and beer, entertainment, expert-led foraging hikes and a friendly chef competition with celebrity judges.
    Save the dates of January 17th through 19th, 2014. Big Sur area restaurants will host the culinary expertise of notable chefs preparing unique fare from rustic to elegant, paired with the region’s amazing selection of wines and beers.
    The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to support the continued presence of local health care services.
    Event schedule to include:
    • “Firestone and Fungus at Big Sur Roadhouse.” David Walker “The Lion” of Firestone-Walker Brewing Co. will be in the building. BBQ: Rain or Shine
    • NoBS Chili
    • BBQ Brisket
    • Baked field peas
    • Long-Cooked foraged winter greens
    • Roasted Mushrooms
    • And of course, Firestone-Walker brew….
    • $50.00 including beer pairing.
    • 5:30-8:00pm.
    • Reservation seating-no single start time.
    • 50-60 people.
    • “Wild Mushroom Walk and Talk” at Pfeiffer State Park and at Ventana Inn & Spa, both led by expert foragers. Cost per person is $35.
    • “Fungus Face-Off” on the deck at Ventana Inn & Spa!
    • “Fungus Face-Off” at Ventana Inn & Spa from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Cost per person is $45. A friendly competition among some of the area’s notable chefs featuring chanterelles and other fabulous fungi. Celebrity judges areKGO’s Joel Riddell, Jim Dodge and Wendy Brodie.
    • Attendees also have an opportunity to cast their vote for “People’s Choice”.
    • Participating restaurants are: Big Sur Roadhouse, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Esalen, Big Sur Bakery, Quail and Olive, Fernwood Resort, Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Ranch and The Restaurant at Ventana.
    • Wine pairings will be provided by:
     Baker & Brian
     Chappellet
     Comanche Cellars
     Mesa del Sol
     Madeline
     Mercy
     Dawn’s Dream
     Morgan
     McIntyre
     Filliponi
     Pessagno
     Scheid
     Wrath
    • This year there will be a wine raffle! Grab a ticket for $10 to win 30 or more bottles of wine in your own wine barrel!
    • A silent auction full of culinary delights, hotel stays, tickets to explore the area, art and so much more will take place during the food and wine sampling.
    • Grand Celebrity Chef Dinner at Ventana Inn & Spa. “Foragers Dinner” at the Restaurant at Ventana beginning at 6:00 pm. The evening will be a very special meal prepared by Ventana’s executive chef Truman Jones. The multi-course dinner, destined to be a memorable feast paired with an incredible wine selection, costs $175.00 per person.
    • Sunday Brunch at the new Big Sur Roadhouse
    Tickets on sale now at For more information go to

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