Fungus Fair

The SDMS had its first (and very successful) Fungus Fair on February 01, 1998 in Balboa Park. It was free to the public, and over 800 attended! There were display tables with specimens of local fungi, mushroom photos, etc.

The next Fungus Fair will be on February 21, 2016 at the Casa Del Prado, Room 101 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Printable: 2016 Fungus Fair Flyer

Girard Gourmet will be catering the event and providing mushroom themed food items for purchase.

New Items for 2016:
2016 SDMS T-shirts: Short sleeve ($20) and Long Sleeve ($25)

Morel Board Game: $25 Board game

Glass Mushroom Pendants by JeriLyn Hobson-Alderman $10

Hand-etched Dichroic Glass Pendants by Chris Stell: $15

Guest Presenters in Room 104:
We have several exciting guest speakers presenting at the San Diego Mycological Society’s 18th Annual Mushroom Fair on Feb 21st, 2016

Our First Speaker will be Michael Wood co-author of “California Mushroom The Comprehensive Identifications Guide”, Mykoweb
He will be speaking on California Mushrooms (10:30 am in Room 104)
Ca Mushroom Book

Our Second Speaker is Distinguished Professor Elio Schaechter presenting “Mushrooms Through the Ages” (12:00 pm in Room 104)
Elio Schaechter is a distinguished Professor, Emeritus, of Tufts University School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor Emeritus, at SDSU, visiting scholar at UCSD, and a founding member of SDMS. Elio is an actively retired microbiologist living in San Diego. He spent most of his research career working on growth physiology and bacterial cell organization. He has a deep love of teaching and has authored several textbooks and co-edited treatises. In retirement he is satisfying his curiosity in broader microbiological phenomena, especially those related to ecology and symbiotic relationships. His hobbies include studying wild mushrooms. For a short account of his activities, visit
Follow Elio and associates on the Micro Blog “Small Things Considered” at as they discuss share their appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on planet earth.

Our Third Speaker is the author of Fungi Magazine, Britt Bunyard speaking about edible mushrooms and lookalikes (1:30 pm in Room 104)
Dr. Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi (, which has the largest circulation of any mycological publication in North America. He also has worked as a full-time Biology professor in Ohio and Wisconsin, teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolution, Microbiology, Mycology, Invertebrate Zoology, Biochemistry and Environmental Science. The main focus of Britt’s research interests has centered on the co-evolution of macrofungi and Diptera, the true flies.

Dr. Bunyard has coauthored (2012) the recent book Mushrooms and Macrofungi
of Ohio and Midwestern States: A Resource Handbook published by The Ohio State University Press. Other scholarly achievements include publication of scientific papers in 16 different international research journals, two book chapters, one patent, articles in popular science magazines, and one full-length book of travel essays from living in Southeast Asia.

Britt has served as Editor-in-Chief of NAMA’s journal McIlvainea and newsletter The Mycophile and as a Subject Editor for the Entomological Society of America’s journal Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Britt gives several invited lectures in North America and abroad each year and regularly takes part in many mycological events and forays.
Britt Bunyard