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Fulton’s Morels and Microbrews on tap Saturday

by Rochelle Eiselt | May 5, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
A crowd swarms Court Street in downtown Fulton for a previous Morels and Microbrews. The event will take place this weekend in downtown Fulton. FILE PHOTO

Fulton is getting ready for Saturday's 10th annual Morels and Microbrews festival on Saturday.

In addition to plenty of fresh mushrooms, the Brick District event will add a section of homebrewers to the event's line up this year.

Fresh morels will be sold starting at 9 a.m near the farmers market. At noon, fried morels, live music, seven food trucks, beer tasting and a homebrew contest will take over downtown Fulton. The festival wraps up at 4 p.m. The event is free to attend, but $35 tickets are needed for beer tasting.

More than 40 breweries are participating in the festival, and festival chairman Garry Vaught said there are 450 pounds of mushrooms ready to serve Saturday.

Not a mushroom fan? A variety of food trucks will also be on site, including Ohana Pizzeria, Smokin Pickle, Gator Wagon and Mammoth Bites.

Live performances from The Kay Brothers featuring Molly Healey are also on tap, and at 3:30 p.m., a wooden morel will be raffled and the homebrew contest winner will be announced.

More than 10 years ago, Vaught and a friend came up with the idea to start a festival with mushrooms in Fulton. Beer was added to the idea after that, he said. "Cheers to 10 years" is the name of this year's event.

"The festival is a fundraiser for the Brick District, so it's really important to have the support of the community," said Blaine McQuaid Pestle, Morels and Microbrews committee member.

"It's a good time, it really is," Vaught said. "It's a great event for Fulton."

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