Ottawa, IL - The Middle of Everywhere

Midwest Morel Fest

LEARN, HUNT, BUY…MOREL MUSHROOMS during Ottawa’s Annual Midwest Morel Fest.  This unique festival offers ‘everything mushrooms’ from the morel enthusiast to the curious observer!  All events take place at Jordon Block Park (Main & Rt 23/71N).  This year enjoy a Morel Market, a large Botanical Market. And don’t forget  MOREL UNIVERSITY where you can learn to identify morels then take off for a guided hunt.  We have set aside land JUST FOR YOU!

Educational hunt has limited availability.

13+ presale $30 until April1, $35 April 2 to April 27, after April 27 at the door price $50.

12 under presale $15 until April 1, April 2 to April 27, $20 after April 27 at door prices of $35.


NO REFUNDS! Rain or Shine

Contact us for more information. Registration is now only at the door – first come first served.



730am Hunt & Morel Market sign-in (Must register and check in to go on hunt or to sell mushrooms)

8-830am Morel University (Learn how to hunt morels)

845am Busses depart for guided hunt

9am-4pm Morel Market – morel mushrooms only

8am – 4pm Vendor Market

10am Mother’s Day Craft(free while supplies last)

9-1130am Guided Hunt

12pm-3pm Kaedon Cronkright performs 

1230pm Awards


Morel Market MORELS & HALF-FREE MORELS ONLY No elephant ears, red ear, beefsteak, etc.

Got morels??? Sell them at the Morel Market.

  • Package morels by half pound weight in plastic zipper bags. (Don’t seal the bags…whew!)
  • Bring them in your own cooler
  • Our certified experts will inspect all mushrooms prior to sale. No inspections between 8:30a – 12p. (Washed and soaked mushrooms will be rejected for health reasons)
  • Due to public health restrictions, all mushrooms must be sold through the festival market. Anyone discovered selling unregistered, uninspected product will be escorted from the festival.