Ontario Foraging, Foraging, Wild edibles, Wild Mushrooms, Stratford restaurants, oyster mushrooms, morels
Giant Puffball
Maitake (Hen of the Woods)
Wild Ginger
Honey Mushrooms
Wild Watercress
Yellow Cracked Bolete
Chanterelles

These events are "go" rain or shine.

To sign up and reserve tickets we accept either E-transfer or Paypal.

For more information phone 519-271-3726 or email us at pucksplenty@gmail.com.



Upcoming Events for August

July ~ September ~ October ~ November


August 1st Forage and Feast
Wild Oyster Mushroom Quiche

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Once again our featured mushroom is the highly rated Summer Oyster. Its delicate fleshy substance renders the perfect texture to any dish. We will also forage for other fungi such as Pheasant Back (one of the few mushrooms eaten raw), Gem Studded Puffballs and Boletes as well as Wild Leek Bulbs, Wood Sorrel and Wild Watercress. Then we return to the Forest Motel where a four course meal awaits us, served under banquet tents alongside a lovely lake. Truffle Gouda from Mountain Oak Cheese along with baguettes from The Downie Street Bakehouse will be the opening fare followed by Wild Nettle Soup.

Our main course is Summer Oyster Mushroom Quiche with mixed salad greens while dessert will be served up by The Black Angus Bakery.
Locally brewed craft beer and wines from Niagara are also included.

Start time: 9:45 am
Where: Packham Sports Complex
Cost: $80 per person.

Tickets can be purchased through e-transfer or PayPal. For more information phone 519-271-3726 or email us at pucksplenty@gmail.com


August 2nd

11 tickets available.


Hexagonal Pored Polypore

This variety of Polypore appears from May through November. Found on branches of dead hardwood it is easily identified by its hexagonal gills and more importantly by its rich, sweet aroma. Classified as edible, some find it a bit too tough to be palatable. However, with patience, sauteed over medium low heat it can become quite tender. The thing is there is that aroma. It's wonderful and the culinary adventure is to translate that into taste. One of the simple methods is to use these fungi in liquid recipes such as soups and stews where their flavour flouishes.

Along with these mushrooms we will be searching for Summer Oysters, Russulas, Pig's Ear, Yellow Cracked Boletes, Crown Tipped Coral and more. We will also be searching for wild edible plants such as Wild Watercress, Wood Sorrel, Joe Pye and Staghorn Sumac.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Packham Road Sports Complex, Stratford, ON N5A 6S4
Cost: $35.00/person


August 3rd

10 tickets available.


Berkeley's Polypore

If you are fond of Chicken of the Woods you will love Berkeley's Polypore. Their primary habitat is the base of living oaks inside 50% shade to sunlight. Moreover, these mushrooms will grow to nearly three feet across making one heck of a harvest if you collect them when young. Like many polypores the Berkeley's outer edges are the most tender and the preferred section to harvest. Their taste is a combination of the woody and the sweet wrapped around an earthy mushroom flavour. Along with these giant gems we will also be searching for Summer Oysters, Two Coloured Boletes, Pig's Ears and Hen of the Woods. Wild edible plants such as Wild Ginger and Wood Sorrel will also be on the agenda.

Steckle Woods has become one of our preferred foraging areas with its dense forest of standing and decaying trees.

Start time: 10:30 am
Where: Steckle Woods, Homer Watson Blvd, Kitchener, ON N2C 2G2
Cost: $35.00/person


August 8th

10 tickets available.


Shrimp of the Woods

Shrimp of the woods or Entoloma abortivum are probably one of the strangest looking mushrooms you will come across. The Entoloma morph into these popcorn like fungi when they interact with Honey Mushrooms growing nearby. Do not let their looks disuade you from harvesting as they are one of the better tasting mushrooms of Summer and Autumn. By the way, they get their name from their whitish-pink interior that resembles shrimp. Along with these odd but scrumptious gems we will also be searching for Summer Oysters, Two Coloured Boletes and Hen of the Woods. Wild edible plants such as Wild Ginger and Wood Sorrel will also be on the agenda.

Steckle Woods has become one of our preferred foraging areas with its dense forest of standing and decaying trees.

Start time: 10:30 am
Where: Steckle Woods, Homer Watson Blvd, Kitchener, ON N2C 2G2
Cost: $35.00/person


August 9th

10 tickets available.

Staghorn Sumac

One of our favourite spices is za'atar, a Middle Eastern gem made of marjoram, oregano and sesame seeds. But the magic ingredient that sets this spice apart from all the others is Sumac, adding a lemony flavor that goes "wild" in any recipe you may wish to enhance. Sumac also makes a wonderful tea and amazing syrup (imagine Maple Syrup with a citrus hint). The beautiful trees grow right across Canada delivering their fruit to harvest throughout August and September. Along with Staghorn Sumac we will also be foraging for other Summer plants such as Wood Sorrel, Wild Watercress and Joe Pye. Not to forget the mushrooms. Summer Oysters, Boletes, Crown Tipped Coral and more.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Packham Road Sports Complex, Stratford, ON N5A 6S4
Cost: $35.00/person


August 15th

10 tickets available.


Hen of the Woods

Outside of the Giant Puffball Hen of the Woods (also know as Maitake) is one of the largest mushrooms in our area. Found at the base of living oaks and, at times, on decaying hardwood stumps, these culinary gems are highly sought after worldwide not only for their exquisite taste but also their numerous medicinal properties.

By the way all participants will be taking home samples of this wonderful mushroom thanks to Shogun Maitake from London, Ontario. Along with Hen of the Woods we will also be foraging other fungi such as Summer Oysters, Honey Mushrooms, Shrimp of the Woods, Chicken of the Woods and more.

Once again we are returning to Steckle Woods where trees are allowed to be trees. Growing, decaying and growing again. An important cycle of their ancient partnership with mushrooms.

Start time: 10:30 am
Where: Steckle Woods, Homer Watson Blvd, Kitchener, ON N2C 2G2
Cost: $35.00/person


August 16th

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Chanterelles

One of the most sought after mushrooms in the world, the Chanterelle's taste is rated as one of the best. And the best way to prepare them? Sauteed in butter and garlc (of course) but because they contain lots of moisture it is recommended you pan fry them a minute or two before adding the butter. That way you gain the perfect texture.

As an added bonus we are giving out Golden Chanterelles shipped from British Columbia so you will be guaranteed to go home happy.

Along with Chanterelles we will be searching for Hen of the Woods, Shrimp of the Woods, an assortement of Boletes and more.

Read Karon Liu's recent article in the Toronto Star to get a taste of what Puck's Plenty is all about.

Start time: 10:30 am. Duration: approx. 3hrs
Where: 1841 Spragues Rd, Cambridge, ON N1R 5S5
Cost: $35.00/person


August 22nd Forage & Feast
Wild Mushroom Bolognese


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Late August offering feature several types of Boletes including what some call The Wild Porcini. This family of mushrooms is quite easy to identify simply because it has no gills. Instead there is a "spongy" substance that bruises olive to blue when touched. They are quite delicious especially when harvested young. These will be one of the many mushrooms we will forage for along with wild leek bulbs and amazing wild ginger. After our foraging segment we return to the Forest Motel where a four course meal awaits us, served under banquet tents alongside a lovely lake. Truffle Gouda from Mountain Oak Cheese along with baguettes from The Downie Street Bakehouse will be the opening fare followed by our popular Summer Sorrel and Potato Soup. Our main course will be a Wild Mushroom Bolognese followed by fresh peach pies from The Black Angus Bakery. Locally brewed craft beers and wines from Niagara are also included.

Start time: 9:45 am
Where: Packham Sports Complex
Cost: $80 per person.

Tickets can be purchased through e-transfer or PayPal. For more information phone 519-271-3726 or email us at pucksplenty@gmail.com


August 23rd

15 tickets available.


Angel Wings

These delicate fungi are a smaller version of the Summer Oyster and will appear on stumps and fallen branches of hardwood throughout the Summer and early Autumn. They have a mild sweet taste and are best consumed when they are white. Angel Wings don't last long as they will begin to fade brown within a day or two. Still, they are a fine compliment to any meal. Sautee very lightly for only a few minutes.

We will be out on the Avon Trail looking for these as well as Summer Oysters, Two Coloured Boletes, Gem Studded Puffballs, Wild Watercress, Wood Sorrel and more.

Start time: 10:00 am. Duration: approx. 3hrs
Where: Packham Road Sports Complex, Stratford, ON N5A 6S4
Cost: $35.00/person


August 29th

15 tickets available.


The Giant Puffball

One of the great celebrities of late Summer, the Giant Puffball demands attention if only for its size. So far our record find was an 18 pounder back in 2016. I don't think we can do much better than that. Outside of its dimensions the Puffball is also rated as "choice" for taste the world round. They will be easy targets in the forest so why not join us at Steckle Woods as we search for these along with Summer Oysters, Angel Wings, assorted Boletes, Wild Ginger and Wood Sorrel.

Start time: 10:30 am
Where: Steckle Woods, Homer Watson Blvd, Kitchener, ON N2C 2G2
Cost: $35.00/person


August 30th

15 tickets available.


Honey Mushrooms

Honey Mushrooms are one of the most favourite fungi of Eastern Europe. Also found throughout North America they appear in great clusters over and inside decaying hardwood. Their name says it all about their taste. A sweetness rivaled by few other mushrooms. Luckily for the avid forager these "choice" beauties can be found from mid-August until the end of September.

We will be searching the Avon Trail outside of Stratford for these as well as Summer Oysters, an assortement of Boletes, Angel Wings, Wild Watercress, Wood Sorrel and more.

Start time: 10:00 am. Duration: approx. 3hrs
Where: Packham Road Sports Complex, Stratford, ON N5A 6S4
Cost: $35.00/person