Matsutake mushroom festival in Bumthang will be held in Bumthang this year on August 23 and 24. This is a very special festival to showcase locally grown mushroom and wild mushroom people pick from the forest.
Matsutake is a Japanese name for a mushroom which grows wild in Bhutan. Matsutake is a brownish mushroom which grows in dense forested area in and around Thimphu and Bumthang. Its highly priced in Japanese market and mostly exported to Japan.
Matsutake mushroom festival in Bumthang August 23 and 24, 2018
Mushroom festival in Bumthang
People from the rural Bumthang will gather together for this festival on August 23 and August 24. Its a good time as this festival bring the local communities together to showcase their local product and bring awareness for a sustainable harvesting of wild mushroom and ways to boost the local income.
Matsutake is highly priced in Japan and people in the rural areas are given permission by the Government to harvest the wild mushroom in late July and August. This brownish coloured mushroom is believed to possess high medicinal properties.
What to see during mushroom festival?
Its a nice festival to attend as firstly you will get to witness a true rural scene where people enjoy the festival in the true sense. People will come dressed in beautiful handwoven dresses which are sometimes over hundred years old. These expensive dresses are family heirloom possessed down generations.
Farmers will perform local folk dances and sing. You will get to see popular mask dances being performed by the locals and the monks.
You have the option to stay in a hotel or put up in one of the houses in the village.
The accommodation in the village is basic but it will be once in a life time experience as you get to see how families in the village live.
You can see them pray in the alter. Evening you can dine together with them and early morning you can milk a cow with your hands. You can even make butter and cheese.