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What is
Fungi Fest?

A month-long festival of events that use creativity to explore the fantastic world of Mycology. Coming to Tauranga (BOP) 14th March 2024.


  • Expert talks 

  • Creative workshops; pottery, metalwork, woodwork, painting, textiles and more!

  • Food events

  • Film events

  • Fungi walks and photography

  • Fungarium building workshop

  • Free community workshops - create your own costume to wear to the festival or make fungi art to take home

  • & one HUGE community festival day on Sunday 14th AprilMore info coming soon.

Part of the festival will be held in collaboration with Envirohub Bay of Plenty’s Sustainable Backyards program.

Tauranga City Library will be hosting our fungi information talks and will be home to our all-ages colouring in competition created by avid fungi hunter and mushroom Artist Julie Davies.

What is Mycology?

Mycology is the branch of biology concerned with the study of fungi, including their taxonomy, genetics, biochemical properties, and use by humans.
Fungi can be a source of tinder, food, traditional medicine, as well as entheogens, poison, and infection. Mushrooms are considered a kind of fungal reproductive organ.

Fungi also plays a critical role in the global carbon cycle because of their ability to break down complex organic biomolecules and pollutants.

With around 90,000 species, and thousands described every year, it is estimated that there might be more than one million fungal species in the world, which makes the fungal kingdom one of the most important.

Interested in becoming a stallholder, food vendor or performer at our community festival day? Fill in the application form now...

Stallholder and food vendor application form

- Performer application form


The Events

Check out all of our stimulating, creative and educational workshops and events.
Each event has limited spaces so get in quick!


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