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2014: The Year of the Mushroom

Kennett Square Mushroom Drop New Years

On Tuesday night, we all counted down the end of 2013 and cheered the start of a new beginning for 2014. While every city put their own twist on New Year’s celebrations, few pulled off an event quite like Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Instead of a ball drop in Times Square, Kennett Square nodded to their home town roots with a “Great Mushroom Drop” that lowered as 2013 came to a close.  The event featured a lighted steel mushroom at 8’ wide, 7 1/2′ tall, and approximately 600 pounds, which took an estimated 800 feet of LED lights to sparkle above the city.  Kathi Lafferty, Owner of The Mushroom Cap and the coordinator of The Annual Mushroom Festival, was on-site to capture the experience first-hand. 

Kathi described the event for us as, “A chilly, festive, starry night with a crowd of happy faces listening to music, waiting for the moment – just wanting to say they were there – being a part of making history!” For Kathi the mushroom was more than a fun event to ring in the New Year. She stated, “It’s not just a metal mushroom to me.  It really is a symbol of what this industry is all about – hard work, food and giving back to the community.”

Even those who didn’t have the chance to attend could follow along with the tweets that were streaming in from the event.  Check out a few of our favorites below:

Mushroom Drop Tweets

We loved seeing the excitement that came from the 2013 Mushroom Drop, but it’s the final tweet that makes us proud of what a wonderful year 2013 was for mushrooms.  From the launch of “Trend to Blend” to school lunches and even restaurant mushroom menu highlights, we’re grateful for all of the mushroom love that we received the past year. However, the mushroom story never ends, and we have plenty of new recipes, tips and partnerships in store for 2014 to keep mushrooms a leading driver for good health and delicious meals.  We look forward to connecting with our mushroom fans from all over the country to make 2014 the best year mushrooms has ever seen.

Stay tuned as we kick off 2014 – what we’re dubbing “The Year of the Mushroom.”

Mushrooms Toast 2013 and Look Forward to 2014

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

You’ve heard of the big shiny ball drop in Time Square every New Year’s Eve, but you’ve probably never heard of the… Mushroom Drop.  Mushrooms are always fresh and seasonal in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the mushroom growing capital of the world, but this New Year’s Eve the mighty mushroom is taking on a whole new role.

As the clock strikes midnight this New Year’s Eve in Kennett Square, a magnificent mushroom weighing in at over 700 pounds will glide to the ground to kick off the new year. If you live nearby, you can find the details here to join in on the fun! If you’re not going to be near Kennett Square this holiday, be sure to stay tuned for highlights and photos right here on The Mushroom Channel.

No matter where you are on New Year’s Eve you can be sure to have one final indulgence before the resolutions begin with our tasty recipe ideas below!

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Gooey Kennett Mushroom Macaroni and Cheese

Mushroom Burger with Fried Egg and Truffle Oil via Daily Meal

Blue Cheese Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms with Buffalo Sauce via Half Baked Harvest

Cheers to a wonderful 2014!