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Mushroom & Wine Festival presented by Vectra Bank

The 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.


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This is a three-part event.  Each part can be purchased separately.

Saturday Activities

Guided Forays:  Sold out!

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 enjoying our scenic chair lift on your way down the mountain after the hunt.

The guided foray is priced at $35 per person.

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Culinary Extravaganza:  Sold out!

In the afternoon, five of Durango’s finest restaurants, plus our own chefs at Purgatory Resort, 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
  • Cooking demonstrations from our guest chefs
  • Presentation on wine pairing by sommelier and owner of The Wine Shop Lesley Ponce

This is an afternoon that your taste buds won’t soon forget!

The culinary extravaganza is priced at $40 for adults and $25 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 own chefs from Purgy’s also participate in the festival with their own mushroom dish and a mushroom dessert.

Our goal is to partner with the finest restaurants in Durango to make this a truly exceptional experience for our guests.


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Friday Night Dinner — Sold Out!

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.

Friday Night Dinner Menu

Chef Dan has an amazing dinner planned for you!  And as an extra special treat, we have not one but TWO wine pairings with each course.


Black Truffle Le Perigord Salumi & Mushroom Carpaccio w/ Chive Oil

Wine Pairing: Naonis Prosecco

Wine Pairing: Gloria Ferrer Blanc des Noirs


Portabella, Crimini, Fig, Walnut, & Roquefort Salad w/ Carob & Balsamic Dressing

Wine Pairing: Jean-Luc Colombo Rose 2016

Wine Pairing: Alexander Valley Sangiovese Rose 2016


Chanterelle & Olathe Sweet Corn Chowder

Wine Pairing: Notable Chardonnay

Wine Pairing: Harken Chardonnay, 2015


 Sautéed Red Snapper w/ Shitake Mushroom & Kale

Wine Pairing: Louis Jadot Beaujolais, FR 2015

Wine Pairing: Penner Ash Willamette Pinot Noir 2014


Elk Tenderloin w/ a Porcini Malbec Reduction & Colorado Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Nudi w/ Shaved Perigord Truffles

Wine Pairing: Travaglini Gattinara, IT ’11

Wine Pairing: Clayhouse Malbec, Paso Robles 2014


Palisade Peach /Chanterelle Mousse w/ Mushroom Bacon Brittle

Wine Pairing: Segura Viudas Brut

Wine Pairing: Carlson Peach 2016


20% Off Resort Lodging

Save 20% on lodging when you enjoy the Mushroom & Wine Festival.



Friday Evening
6:30 – 9pm Dinner in the Durango Mountain Club
Saturday Morning
9am Meet at plaza for the guided hunt
9:15am Board 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 Cooking demonstration in DMI
2:30pm Wine pairing presentation in DMI
3:30pm Culinary festival ends


Tickets — Sold out!

Tickets are now on sale.  Click this link to purchase!

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 $35 80 guests
Saturday Afternoon Culinary Showcase $40 adults/

$25 under 21

150 guests

Presenting Sponsor

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