August Coastal, Hedgerow and Woodland Foraging Walk & Wild Food Picnic with Liz Knight, SW Scotland

£45.00£90.00

Sunday, 14 August 2022
12.00 - 17.00

A guided foray exploring delicious and healthy wild foods of Galloway’s merse (tidal salt marsh), beaches, hedgerows and summer woods with two of the UK’s leading wild food educators.

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Description

Join wild food author/teacher/producer Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods and foraging teacher Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods for a guided exploration of the delicious and healthy wild foods of Galloway’s merse (tidal salt marsh), beaches, summer hedgerows and woods.

A selection of our find from a previous similar foraging walk (this event will not cover so many seaweeds). ©GallowayWildFoods.com

This is a rare chance to explore all aspects of summer foraging in the company of two of the UK’s leading wild food educators. The event is suitable for novice and more experienced foragers alike. Over the course of about 1.5 miles of  walking over 3.5 hours you will explore a wide range of summer wild foods of salt marsh, sandy beach, rocky shore, woods and hedgerows in an exceptionally beautiful area of Galloway.  After the walk you will be served a delicious wild food picnic prepared by Liz and Mark, showcasing the best of summer wild foods, many of which you will have just met in the wild!

Liz and Mark geeking out over plants

Liz Knight lives on the S Wales/Herefordshire Border, so this is a chance to meet one of the most creative, experienced, fun and knowledgeable UK foragers on a rare visit to Scotland! Liz has inspired the new generation of foragers and foraging teachers with her incredible wild palate, ingenuity with wild flavours, and infectious sense of fun. Liz and Mark met online in the early days of Twitter and very quickly recognised kindred wild spirits, quickly forging a friendship over many strange wild cocktails.

Liz’s book “Forage” is one of the best foraging guidebooks in print, and if you don’t already have a copy, you can pick up a signed copy direct from Liz on the walk – or click the image below to order a copy direct from Liz.

 

Forage, by Liz Knight. An absolute must-have book for all foragers!

Meeting place:  Coast near Gatehouse of Fleet, Galloway, SW Scotland. Ticket holders will be notified of our exact meeting place by email in approximately 3 days before the event. Information on visiting Galloway can be found here.

Expect: Up to 1.5 miles gentle walking, initially on salt marsh, then sandy beaches and well made woodland paths, over about about 3.5 hours. Stout footwear is recommended as the salt marsh part of the walk, which can be muddy. After the walk you will be served a wild food tasting picnic in a beautiful beach, lovingly prepared by Liz and Mark from many of the plants you have just met. There will also be lots of delicious and creative treats, tasters and tipples for you to enjoy throughout the walk too. Most dietary requirements can be catered for and can noted when you book.

summer wild food picnic box, showcasing the best of summer!

Learn:

  • Coastal succulent plants of the salt marsh/merse, rocky shore and sandy beach
  • Blossoms/herbs of summer woods and hedgerows
  • We may also encounter a few early fungi (no guarantees!)
  • Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, nutrition, processing, recipes, wild cocktails, cooking tips

Note: Although this walk is coastal, we will not encounter many seaweeds on this route.

Foraging succulent coastal plants on the salt marsh – a remarkable habitat full of delicious, nourishing greens.

You should bring: 

Essential: Footwear that you don’t mind getting muddy. Wellies or walking boots on wet days, or an old pair of trainers on warm days, weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water

Optional: A small basket or cloth bag (there is lots to harvest on this walk), notebook, camera, fungi field guide if you have one.

Please note: This event is not recommend for children under 8 years old. If you’d like to bring a dog, please note this when you book.

Galloway new potato & smoked egg salad with sea plantain. and some other coastal pleasures – marsh samphire, dulse, coriander grass seeds, pickled sandwort, egg wrack capers, crow garlic bulbils & tufted vetch flowers.

Please read the following information before booking a Galloway Wild Foods event.

The general event location is provided in the event description. For general information on visiting Galloway for events, see here.

Detailed event information, including exact meeting place, will be sent to the email address you provide on booking. It is important that you add mark@gallowaywildfoods.com and markleewilliams@googlemail.com  to your email contacts/whitelist or the information email may get caught in your spam filters.

The information email will be sent in the week before the event – sometimes as little as 3 days prior to the event. There is no need to badger me for it – I will send it! If you haven’t received it by within 3 days of the event, check your spam folders. If it isn’t there drop me an email – mark@gallowaywildfoods.com.

Galloway Wild Foods is under no obligation to refund, rebook or reinstate vouchers for no-shows or cancellations within 14 days of the event. If I can refill the place at short notice, I will pay a full refund (or reinstate vouchers) less 10% to cover admin & PayPal fees.

If you cancel or amend a booking giving 14 days or more notice, you will receive a full refund (or reinstatement of voucher) less 5% to cover Paypal fees.

In the unlikely event that an event is cancelled by GWF you will receive full refund, exchange or voucher.

Galloway Wild Foods is not liable for any travel, accommodation or other costs you might incur if an event has to be cancelled.

The only weather that causes events to be cancelled is dangerous wind. In these instances you will be notified as early as possible.

Please provide  the following information for all members of your party in the “Additional Information” box on the payment page :

  • Relevant medical conditions
  • Mobility issues
  • Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy), and clearly stating if an allergy is potentially life-threatening. All requirements can usually be catered for, but these differentiations are required for risk assessments.

Please ensure that  all members of your party come suitably dressed for the weather, season and event.

On all walks, for your comfort and safety, walking boots/wellies, waterproofs and spare clothes are necessary. I always recommend wellies for coastal foraging events – you are likely to get wet feet if you don’t have them!

Please bring your own drinking water.

Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing a camera, notebook, field guide, small basket/cloth bag. Feel free to bring along any of your own wild food preparations to share and talk about.

Some events are not suitable for dogs. Please check with me by email if you wish to bring a dog on an event.

Please contact mark on mark@gallowaywildfoods.com if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.

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