Forager’s Festival

Big Sur Health Center Hosts Online Fundraiser In-Lieu of In-Person Auction at 2022 Foragers Festival

BIG SUR, CA. (Dec. 4, 2021) — While The Big Sur Foragers Festival will be back for an in-person festival from Thursday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, the popular in-person auction will be replaced by an online Marketplace. 

All items in the online store have been donated by supporters of Big Sur Health Center, and all of the sales go to Big Sur Health Center. To purchase an item at the online auction site, go to

You can either pay the published price or go with several discount options depending on your ability and desire to pay:

PUBLISHED PRICE: This is just above retail value for those who want to give a little extra.

Code HEALTH: This will take 25% off the highest price.

Code BIG SUR: This will take 35% off the highest price and still allow folks to support Big Sur Health Center.

Code COMMUNITYThis will take 50% off the highest price and will allow the purchaser to get the items for an amazing deal while still giving to Big Sur Health Center.

There will also be a “Hike With The King Of Mushrooms,” Todd Spanier, on Jan. 22, 2022, and a “Beer and Brunch” following the hike at the Big Sur River Inn. Whether you take the hike or not you are still welcome to attend the brunch. Hikes and brunches are not available to be discounted due to the high demand. All proceeds of the hike and brunch go to the Big Sur Health Center.

To participate in the hike and/or the brunch, go to

Hike With The King of Mushrooms

Join us for a memorable foraging experience in the Big Sur woods with Todd Spanier, known by many as the “The King of Mushrooms,” within the food industry. Spanier is considered to be a pioneer of the “sustainable“ and “wild food” movements in California. He is an expert chef, mushroomer and forager.

Lisa Haas and her crew will start the event with their now-famous and very popular and extensive wild mushroom display and educational introduction.  Lisa and Maryia Hyrharenka are the ultimate “backyard mycology” team.  Their knowledge and support along with their artistic flair has been a highlight of our event for years.

The hike is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Meet at the Big Sur River Inn parking lot, north of the gas station, on Highway 1.

Tickets are $60, with 35 spaces available. This popular event fills up rapidly.

The Beer and Brunch, a 3-course meal paired with craft beer (wine available for non-beer drinkers) will be held at noon at the Big Sur River Inn.  This is a perfect post-hike brunch. Tickets are $50.

COVID-19: All CDC recommendations will be followed in order to protect the health and safety of participants during both events.  More information will be available as events are updated.

If you would like to donate an item to be sold at the online auction, please contact Kara at

If you would like to donate money directly to Big Sur Health Center please click here:

The Foragers Festival has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive 100% of proceeds from the various events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area. In 2020, the last time the festival was held in-person, more than $31,000 was raised at the event.

Call (831) 667-2580 for more information.

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