Each May, Boyne City fills with hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country, all seeking that elusive delicacy - the magnificent morel. Found in nearby woods and clearings, morels are favored by those who know their 'shrooms.
As part of the Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival, Boyne Mountain hosts the Morelfest "Wine & Dine" on Friday, May 15. The event takes place at the Beach House restaurant on Deer Lake. This year, the event offers two seatings to accommodate the growing popularity of the event. The first seating is from 5:30 - 7:30pm and the second is 8 - 9:30pm.
Guests are treated to gourmet hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Boyne Mountain culinary team paired with fine wines from Bayside Beverage. Complimentary transportation provided by Charlevoix County Transit and the Boyne Area Chamber is offered from Veteran's Park in Boyne City to the Beach House Restaurant leaving at 5:15pm and returning at 7:30pm to Veteran's Park.
Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased at the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce or online at www.boynechamber.com.
2016 Morelfest "Wine & Dine" Menu
- Morel Ragout Crostini: Sautéed morels, caramelized ramps, Boursin cheese, fresh thyme and a hint of sherry wine
- Morel, bacon, ramp, spinach risotto, touch of truffle oil
- Spinach Gnocchi, sautéed ramps, morels and asparagus
- Morel, leek and cheddar stuffed, Applewood bacon wrapped pinwheel Bison and Bluestem Farms Pork meatloaf with cherry ketchup
- Morel soup, fried ramps, chive crème fraiche
- Assorted petit fours.
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Sponsors of this gourmet event are the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, Boyne Mountain Resort and Bayside Beverage. Advanced reservations are required. For tickets, please call the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-582-6222 or visit Boyne Area Chamber Wine and Dine page.
Boyne City hosts the National Morel Mushroom Festival and the Boyne Valley Lions' National Morel Mushroom Hunt each year, and for a few short days, everything is all about mushrooms. Restaurants prepare exotic, morel-laden entrees, local songsters sing of the morel, secret hunting places and recipes are shared, and everybody goes on the mushroom hunt. A good year can yield thousands of the mouth-watering treats. Morels can be tasted at the Taste of Morels and the festival has fun for all ages with a carnival, craft show, live entertainment and morel-themed seminars. For more information on the National Morel Mushroom Festival, please visit www.morelfest.com.