Forager’s Question Time @ The Scottish Wild Food Festival


Saturday, 17 September 2022
14.45 - 15.45

Join our panel of expert foragers at the Scottish Wild Food Festival for a fun and lively Q&A session. You can register your questions in advance here.

Free - but to attend buy a general festival ticket


Although I can’t stir any personal enthusiasm for gardening, I still really enjoy listening to Gardener’s Question time on Radio 4. Its a lovely way to explore all sorts of topics around a theme in a relaxed and chatty way, and I’ve often thought a forager’s version could be a lot of fun.

So I’ve assembled an expert panel of  foragers, each with great foraging knowledge and distinct perspectives on wild food, to answer your foraging related questions.

Forager’s Question Time will take place at 2.45pm on Saturday 17th September at the Scottish Wild Food Festival. The event is free to festival ticket holders, but space may be limited, so get there early!

We intend to record the session for radio or podcast, so you’ll be able to listen in even if you can’t make the event in person.

Festival-goers can submit questions in person on the day (look for the questions box on the Association of Forager’s stall), but to help us cover the full breadth of foraging topics, we are also inviting you to submit your questions in advance. Questions can be general or specific, serious or fun, spiritual or scientific – from recipe tips to foraging politics, favourite edibles to poisoning stories!  The only sort of question that might not work quite so well for the audience and format is “Can you identify this photo/specimen?”.

Please email questions for inclusion to me directly on  Title the email “Forager’s Question Time” and include your name and the region you hail from.

The recording will be shared in early October. I may not be able to reply to all submissions directly, but please be assured that I will read your questions, and we will try to include as many interesting questions as possible in the limited time available.

All of our expert panel are members of The Association of Foragers.

Lisa Cutcliffe
Edulis Wild Foods
Lisa is a foraging and wild food educator who is brilliant at communicating the simple joys and complex challenges of foraging to a wide and diverse audience. From fungi to seaweed, wild cocktails to healthy eating, Lisa has ideas and inspiration for all things wild and foragy!

Rupert Waites
Buck and Birch.
Rupert is a wild flavour explorer and entrepreneur: his pop-up wild dining menus are legendary, and the liqueurs he served so popular that he went into commercial production of them. He walks the line between forager and grower, leaving food forests wherever he treads.

Catriona Gibson
Grass Roots Remedies
Catriona is a foraging medical herbalist and teaches about wild food and health. She is a member of Grass Roots Remedies herbal workers’ co-operative, offering wild food and medicine courses and workshops and supporting a low cost herbal clinic in Wester Hailes in Edinburgh.

Oh…and this is me, Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods – I’ll be playing host/chair, reading out your questions and supporting the panel!

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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 if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.

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