The Dutch Mushroom Days, originally planned to take place 30 March – 1 April 2022, has been moved to July 6-8, 2022, the organizers communicated on 20 October.
According to Piet Lempens, Chairman of the Mushroom Days Foundation, already 80% of the floor space in the Brabanthallen has been reserved by making a down payment. „We are very grateful for this cooperation, it shows great enthusiasm to make it into a unique event again together. The exhibitors expressed their concern that it might not (yet) be possible for everyone to visit the Mushroom Days at the end of March. In particular, the quarantine obligation as it currently applies in some countries constitutes a serious travel restriction. As an organisation, we shared this justified concern”, Lempens said.
With the cancellation of the NAMC in Vancouver (June 2022) space was created in the international agenda of trade fairs and conferences for the mushroom sector. This decision gave the Foundation the opportunity to return to the usual time of the year. Covid-19 vaccination coverage is rising worldwide, and more and more countries are announcing further relief of travel restrictions. A broad consultation has made the board of the Foundation therefore decide to postpone the Mushroom Days by more than 3 months to the 6th, 7th and 8th of July 2022. „This also will allow the usual build-up time for exhibition stands. The board believes that this decision does justice to the large number of registrations and the enthusiasm of the participants, as well as to the concern about the (currently) applicable travel restrictions. There are never certainties, but 3 months extra is valuable time.”
The go/no-go moment of November 1, 2021, will therefore be a definitive 'go’. „Only government restrictions can prevent this edition to take place. Unexpected escalation of Covid-19 cannot be completely ruled out. Therefore, the current conditions of participation remain in effect for all subscriptions. The Mushroom Days Committee will soon start positioning the already registered participants on the floor map. If the changed date affects the participation or the dimensions (and/or type) of booked stand, the organisers would like to hear from you. The call to register soon for the remaining 20% of stand space remains actual.”
„The need to meet in person again remains strongly felt and the Mushroom Days are an excellent opportunity to do so.”
Picture: Havens / MCSubstradd stand at the Mushroom Days in 2019.