A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising range of edible plants around the woods, coast and hedgerow of Ardkinglas Estate on Loch Fyne, Argyll (1 hr drive from Glasgow). Enjoy a wild food picnic, wild flower champagne and foraged cocktails on the loch side afterwards.
May is a great time for foragers, with wild greens near their peak and summer blossoms starting to appear. Highlights of the day will include succulent coastal plants, hedgerow herbs an introduction to fermenting wild greens, and a cook-in of our finds.
Meet: For a 1pm start, Thursday 10th June 2021, Ardkinglas House, Cairndow, Argyll, PA26 8BG (See map tab). Ticket holders will be emailed detailed instructions of our meeting place in the week before the event.
Expect: Gentle walking on well made paths over 3 hours (maximum 1.5 miles easy walking), followed by and informal al-fresco cook-in of our finds, or in the Edwardian kitchens of Ardkinglas House if the weather is poor. There will be wild treats and tasters to enjoy throughout. Led by Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods.
Learn: Early Spring woodland, hedgerow and coastal plants, and some spring fungi if we get lucky. How to sustainably tap birch and sycamore trees for sap. Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicin
Please note, although part of this walk is coastal with lots of fascinating maritime plants, Argyll’s sea lochs don’t tend to offer a big range of tasty seaweeds. We will explore what seaweeds are on show, and I will bring along some more for us to taste and learn from, but this is not a major focus of the coastal element of this walk.
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 wild food picnic 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! All dietary requirements can be catered for, provided you let me know when you book, and tasters are carefully considered to be Covid 19 – safe.
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!
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.
Places are limited and events usually sell out fast – booking is essential.
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