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Mushroom & Wine Festival

The Purgatory Mushroom & Wine Festival presented by Vectra Bank has become a “wildly” popular event on Durango’s summer calendar.  The forested area around the Resort is known far and wide for having an abundance of wild Vectra_Color_Regis_HighResmushrooms.  Our Mushroom & Wine Festival celebrates this abundance with guided mushroom hunts and a culinary showcase of Durango’s finest restaurants.

Tickets for the Saturday afternoon culinary extravaganza will be available at the door for $45.  The Friday night dinner and Saturday morning mushroom foray are sold out.

Based on popular demand, we are expanding the Mushroom & Wine Festival to include a multi-course dinner on Friday night!  We will also continue to have a full day of festivities on Saturday.

Friday Night Dinner

Join us in the exclusive Durango Mountain Club for an exquisite dining experience.  Enjoy a six-course meal with wine pairings.

This dinner is priced at $100 per person, which includes tax and gratuity.

Note that seating for this special dinner is limited to 75 guests, and we do expect it to sell out.



Arancini-  Fried Mushroom risotto with tomato sauce and herb crème fraiche


Arugula with lobster & lobster mushroom salad with blood orange champagne vinaigrette


Chanterelle –Olathe sweet corn chowder

Entrée # 1:

Honey Soy Salmon-  Seared Salmon with Enoki Mushrooms and honey soy glaze, with rice and Asian vegetables

Entrée # 2:

Lamb Lollipop (wild mushroom dusted) with palisade peach / chanterelle compote, Parm polenta w/ wild mushrooms


Candy cap bread pudding, side of Boulder Ice Cream

Saturday Activities

Guided Forays:  Local mushroom experts take small groups far back on the mountain to explore the forest for a wide variety of mushrooms.  Your guides will assist you with identifying different types of mushrooms and provide helpful information along the way.  Refreshments and transportation up the mountain are included.  Guests have the option of riding a shuttle from the base area, or enjoying our scenic chair lift to the top of Lift 4 and then continuing up the mountain by shuttle.

The guided foray is priced at $39 per person.

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Culinary Extravaganza:  In the afternoon, five of Durango’s finest restaurants will share their favorite mushroom-inspired dishes!  Each dish includes a wine pairing personally selected by the chef.  The event also includes live music from The Assortment and cooking demonstrations from our guest chefs.  This is an afternoon that your taste buds won’t soon forget!

The culinary extravaganza is priced at $45 for adults and $30 for guests under the age of 21.

Participating Restaurants

Each year we invite five local restaurants to participate in the culinary showcase on Saturday afternoon.  Our goal is to partner with the finest restaurants in Durango to make this a truly exceptional experience for our guests.

This year, we are pleased to announce that the following restaurants have confirmed:

  • Eolus
  • East By Southwest
  • Ore House
  • Mutu’s
  • Purgy’s


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Friday Evening
6:30 – 9pm Dinner in the Durango Mountain Club
Saturday Morning
9am Meet at plaza for the guided hunt
9:15am Board scenic chairlift or shuttle
10am Arrive at Dante’s
10:00am – 12:30pm Mushroom Forays
11am – Noon Refreshments on Dante’s deck
12:30pm Chairlift or shuttle back to base area
Saturday Afternoon
1:00pm Culinary festival begins
2:00pm First cooking demonstration in DMI
2:30pm Second cooking demonstration in DMI
3:30pm Culinary festival ends



Tickets are on sale now.  This event sold out last year!  Each portion of the festival is sold individually.

Event Price Capacity
Friday Night DMC Dinner $100 75 guests
Saturday Morning Guided Hunt $39 80 guests
Saturday Afternoon Culinary Showcase $45 adults/

$30 under 21

120 guests

Presenting Sponsor

Big thanks to Vectra Bank for their generous support of this event!