Ironically wild food is undergoing a renaissance in fine-dining restaurants beyond the average pocket. Common wisdom has been lost over a couple of generations and when it comes to food for free, most people don’t venture much beyond blackberrying. Yet meadows, hedgerows and woodlands are teeming with edible plants – leaves, flowers, roots, nuts, berries and fungi.
Wild food foraging and cookery class to discover the world of wild edible delicacies that lie growing all around us and what/how to cook with them. We will begin the day with some great tips and guides on how to correctly and safely identify plants, then out on our forage. The forage is led by expert wild food forager James Wood, who will guide around the surroundings, showing you what’s edible and how you might cook with them, during the walk you will try up pre-made tasters including syrups, jams, chutneys, spice mix’s and even alcohol infusions before harvesting our own wild ingredients. We then return to the cookery school base where we will turn our wild harvested ingredients in to a delicious three course meal.
Assemble at the Vegetarian Society headquarters on Dunham Road, Altrincham from 09.30.
10.15: plant ID games
10.45: information/risk assessments covered
11.00: out on the forage
13.00: harvest wild food ingredients
13.45: return to school have tea and re-cap
14.00: begin cooking
14.45: begin cooking
15.30: cook dessert
15.45: eat, debrief & re-cap
Mobile devices are useful for making records of finds and are allowed in the kitchen to take photographs or video of tutor demonstrations and food, but please be sensitive to the wishes of other participants.
You should dress appropriately for the weather and wear waterproof footwear.