A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising array of edible plants and fungi available in early Spring in woods, hedgerow and coast, with a wild cook-in of our finds afterwards.
March is a thrilling time for foragers, with the sap rising in trees and springs shoots at their vibrant best. Highlights of the day will include birch tapping, spring blossoms, early shoots and greens, coastal succulents and aromatics, an introduction to fermenting wild greens, and a cook-in on the coast. This is a great time of year to tune in to wild food resources for the year ahead. Both novices and experienced foragers looking to increase their repertoire will enjoy this event.
Family friendly – 1.5 miles easy walking for all ages. As with all Galloway Wild Foods events, this walk is guided by Mark Williams who has been teaching about foraging for over 25 years.
Like all Galloway Wild Foods events, this walk is part of the Foragers v Plastic campaign, and we will be actively taking away rubbish as we we forage.
Time/Date: Saturday 21st March 2020, 1pm – 6.00pm
Meeting Place: Alloway, just South of Ayr. Full details of our meeting place will be emailed to ticket holders in the week before the event.
Expect: Gentle walking on well made paths over 3 hours followed by and informal al-fresco cook-in of our finds. There will be wild treats and tasters to enjoy throughout.
- Spring woodland, hedgerow and coastal plants (and some fungi if we get lucky) – finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, recipes and preserving techniques
- How to tap a birch or sycamore tree for sap (though we may be a little late in the season for full flow)
- Please note, although part of this walk is coastal with lots of fascinating edible maritime plants, this route is not good for seaweeds, though I will bring along some for us to taste and learn from.
- Folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicin
al uses, nutrition
- Foraged cocktails and wild booze
- Inevitably, the wider politics around foraging and food will come up too
- When time and weather allow, we lay out and label our finds to serve as a souvenir and aide-memoire of the afternoon’s discoveries.
Eat/drink: I think it is important to bring the wild foods we encounter to life by not just talking about them, but by eating and drinking them. To this end, in addition to the cook-in after the walk, I carry a very hefty bagful of lovingly prepared treats, tasters and tipples to share during the walk. These are both delicious and educational, and the walk is more like guided grazing, a gentle imbibing of the landscape, than a route march! Often we will make a cocktail of the plants we encounter and drink it in a beautiful spot. The cook-in afterwards serves as both an al-fresco cookery demonstration and a social time to eat together and digest the afternoon’s discoveries with new friends. While I don’t bill this as a full meal, we usually share several dishes and most people leave well filled. All dietary requirements can be catered for, provided you let me know when you book.
Bring: Stout footwear, waterproofs, water. Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing camera, notebook, field guide (plants), small basket/cloth bag. If you make any foraged delights you wish to share with the group, please bring them along!
Places are limited and events usually sell out fast – booking is essential.
Gift vouchers are available here
If you already have a gift voucher it can be used to pay for this event (in whole or in part) at the checkout.