Winter rains signal the beginning of the North Coast’s astounding mushroom season: the Mendocino region is home to some 3,000 varieties, many of them edible, like the rare candy cap mushroom with its intense maple syrup flavour and sweet fragrance. Take part in this ultimate fungi festival by taking part in mushroom-themed dinners, guided mushroom foraging and special themed rides on the popular Skunk Train (departing from Fort Bragg or Willits). Celebrate the region’s other award-winning products—wine- and beer—at special mushroom-pairing workshops. And enjoy cooking classes, music and exhibits. Events are staged throughout the region; check the website for details.