Mushroom Festival announces winners

The Mushroom Festival has released the names of winners from the various competitions held during its 31st annual event this past weekend.

In the Amateur Mushroom Cook-off, Sunnyside of 'Shrooms by Sherry Kozlowski of Morgantown, W.Va., took first place. Three Ways Mushroom Breakfast Tostada Crisp with Citrus Chipotle Sauce, created by Areli Biggers of Hopkinton, Mass., earned second, and Mushroom Biscuit Egg Sandwich with Mushroom Ragu by Christine Familetti of Broomall came in third.

Contestants faced 96-degree temperatures during the Amateur Fried Mushroom Eating Contest, but still met the challenge. First place went to Dave “Termite” Wood, who devoured four pounds of Buona's breaded fried mushrooms. The Local Champion (and second-place overall finisher) was John “Tank” McDowell with 3.5 pounds. Dave “US Male” Goldstein was the third-place eater with 3.25 pounds, and Tyler “Fungi-Ty” Smith was the runner-up Local Champion with 1.5 pounds consumed.

At the Soup and Wine Event, The Restaurant at the Desmond won in the soup category, and Galer Vineyard & Winery earned best wine. In Mushroom Judging, Giorgio Mushrooms won for its Agarigus Till.

Among the Painted Mushrooms, the artist winning the “People's Choice Award” was Raven Porter for her Kennett Square-inspired mushroom, “Home is Where the Mushroom is,” sponsored by The Center for Orthodontic Excellence. She also received the highest bid in the Painted Mushroom Silent Auction. The second highest bid was, “La Mancha” by Jennifer Lex Wojnar and sponsored by Terri Lynn's Critters Pet Sitting Service. “Reverence for Life” by Caitlin Daugherty, sponsored by Kennett Design, earned the third highest bid.

At the Mushroom Run and Fun Gus Walk, Angel Rodriguez took the overall male win, finishing the 5K race in 16:25. The overall female 5K winner was Bridget McCarron in 21:40.

The results of the Cute-As-A-Button (Mushroom) Baby Photo Contest are still being tallied. Organizers suggest checking the festival website – mushroomfestival.org – in a week.

 

 

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