Fungi Foraging Walk 4, Galloway, SW Scotland

£25.00£55.00

Sunday, 20 September 2020
13:00 - 17.30

A guided forage exploring the fascinating world of wild fungi with Scotland’s leading wild food educator.

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CORONA VIRUS: EVENT CANCELLED due to new restrictions on outdoor gatherings

Please see information on Corona Virus and Galloway Wild Foods Events

Ticket holders have been notified by email and will receive vouchers/refund.

 

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September is high fungi season in SW Scotland and this event is designed to make the most of it. Over the course of about 1.5 miles of easy walking over 3 hours we will explore the fascinating world of fungi. While our focus will be on wild mushrooms, we will not ignore the delightful array of edible woodland, and hedgerow plants that we find along the way.

Your host for the day will be Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Mark is a passionate mycophile, wild gastronomer and professional wild food educator, who has been teaching about wild mushroom identification and edibility for over 25 years. Mark is a font of knowledge and enthusiasm on wild fungi, specialising in making this often daunting subject fun and accessible to novices, while providing solid foundations for a lifetime of discovery, enjoyment and worry-free wild eating. Mark writes widely on this subject and works closely with leading mycologists, landowner/conservation organisations such as The National Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Check out Mark’s free online wild fungi guide here

Read, listen, watch more about Mark Williams and Galloway Wild Foods

Please note that while this date and location will be selected to maximise the potential range of fungi we encounter, it is not possible to guarantee what we will find.

Location: Within 30 minutes drive of Creetown (SW Scotland), about 2 hrs drive from Glasgow, 55 mins West of Dumfries. Ticket holders will be notified of the exact location in the week prior to the event.

Date: Sunday 20th September 2020

Start time: Arrive in time for a 1pm start

Finish time: Around 5.00pm

Cost: Adults £55 Children aged 12 to 16:  £25. This walk is not particularly suitable for younger children.

Expect: Up to 1.5 miles 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.

Learn:

  • The important role fungi plays in nature
  • How to go about identifying important families and species of fungi
  • How to home in on the most rewarding edible species
  • How to recognise dangerously poisonous species
  • Medicinal and utilitarian uses
  • Sustainable harvesting practices
  • Preservation and cooking techniques
  • Key resources for taking your personal learning forward
  • Other autumn woodland wild foods

Eat/drink: Due to Covid 19 social distancing measures, I have adapted my usual wild cookery sessions at the end of this event so it is now more like a picnic, with pre-prepared wild tasters portioned for each household group. All dietary requirements can be catered for, provided you let me know when you book.

Bring: 

Essential: Stout footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water

Optional: A small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera, fungi field guide if you have one. If you make any foraged delights at home and would like to share them with the group, please bring them along!

Please read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION tab on this page before booking and again before setting off for the event.

Please note: I do not recommend this event for children under 12 years old. Dogs by prior arrangement only.

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Based on a full risk assessment around Covid 19 based on current guidelines, and for your comfort and safety, the following measures will be in place:

  • Attendees must not have any c19 symptoms (vouchers will be issued for late cancellations due to this)
  • Reduced group size to allow for 2m social distancing throughout
  • No passing around of plants
  • No passing around of tasters
  • No group cookery, but I will bring portioned wild tasters
  • Attendees to bring and use their own hand sanitiser
  • Face masks are optional in an outdoor setting
  • Attendees are required to inform GWF if they develop C19 symptoms within 7 days of the event

Note: By the time of this event, measures may be further relaxed, in which case I may introduce more tasting elements, but please book under the assumption that this would be a bonus!

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

This information applies only to events booked on this website. When booking events involving GWF anywhere other than on this website,  the terms and conditions of the vendor apply, which may be different from the following.

Galloway Wild Foods is under no obligation to refund or rebook for no-shows or cancellations within 2 weeks of the event.

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

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 :

  • Medical conditions
  • Mobility issues
  • Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy). 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.

My very friendly, calm dog occasionally accompanies me on guided walks. He is not a distraction, and often adds to the entertainment as he tends to like to copy my foraging antics! If you have a specific aversion to dogs, please check with me before booking – I don’t necessarily need to bring him. The one thing that makes him more of a handful is other dogs (he will constantly want to play with them, especially if they are ladies!), so please check in with me first if you might like to bring your own dog.

Please contact mark on mark@gallowaywildfoods.com or 07900 692 478 if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.

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