IMPORTANT: Due to corona virus travel restrictions this event is ONLY available to residents of Dumfries and Galloway. DO NOT BOOK if you are not resident in the region as I will not accept your booking and will take a £10 administration fee to return your payment.
Risk assessed, socially distanced guided events for up to 15 people are permitted in Scotland. See here and here. This event is capped at 10 places and run in line with Galloway Wild Foods’ Corona Virus policy.
A guided forage exploring coastal spring greens, seaweeds, shellfish, succulents and herbs.
Coastal foraging in the spring offers perhaps the best range of healthy, gourmet wild foods of the year. Both novice and more experienced foragers will find this event inspiring, fun, and hugely informative.
Over the course of the walk, you will receive expert tuition on how to find, identify, mindfully harvest, preserve, cook and enjoy 30+ wild edibles. Highlights include shellfish, seaweeds, coastal succulent plants and maritime herbs. This is a fun, informative and truly memorable evening. Wellies are essential.
Note: The late timing of this event allows us to catch a very low spring tide which allows us an excellent chance of harvesting razor clams. We will finish the walk eating foraged picnics and admiring the last of the sunset.
As with all Galloway Wild Foods events, this walk is guided by Mark Williams who has been teaching about foraging for over 25 years.
Time/Date: Monday 29th March 2021, 4.30pm – 9.00pm. The walk is timed for a super-low tide to maximise our encounters with seaweed and shellfish.
Meeting Place: The exact location will be emailed to ticket holders during the week before the event – but you should plan to be near Gatehouse of Fleet in the postcode area DG6 4UE. More info about visiting and staying in Galloway here.
Expect: About 1.5 miles of gentle walking over mixed coastal terrain. The route is suitable for anyone of moderate fitness who is comfortable moving over rocky foreshore, slippery rocks and muddy sand flats.
Learn: Seaweeds, shellfish and maritime plants: Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, nutrition, processing, recipes, cooking tips. Inevitably, the wider politics around foraging and food will come up too.
Covid 19 Policy: Please see here for the latest GWF policy around events, social distancing and what happens in the event of cancellation due to C19 . This event is fully risk-assessed and very low risk in terms of transmission.
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 as we learn about them, and usually come with a hefty bag of lovingly prepared treats and tasters to share. This has become more difficult to do under social distancing, but I still bring some carefully considered foraged tipples and tasters for during the walk and full individual picnic box brimming with wild seasonal delicacies for after. Expect seaweed dashi broth, coastal sushi, pickled and fermented greens, laverbread, foraged cocktails and lots more. All dietary requirements can be catered for, provided you let me know when you book.
Bring: Wellies (essential – you will get wet feet if you don’t have them), waterproofs, warm clothes, water. It can get pretty cold by the sea in March so bring plenty of layers. 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.