About Sarah

A bit about course leader and forager, Sarah Watson

SarahHello! Having taught at a field study centre, worked as a sustainable business adviser, co-founded the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival and set up cookery courses at Sussex Coast College, I decided it was time to start my own business, Wild Feast, doing what I love – finding wild food, using it to create delicious dishes and botanical booze and cocktails, and sharing that knowledge with others.

I grew up in the Sussex countryside identifying wild plants and cooking up wild mushrooms with my botanist dad. As a practiced cook and passionate foodie, I’ve tasted a great variety of British wild edible plants, seaweeds and fungi (over 100 species!), and used many to develop new recipes for both food dishes and wild cocktails.

I’ve been running foraging courses for several years now. I’ve written a regular wild food column for The Argus, given demonstrations at events including Brighton Foodies Festival and Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival, and have carried out guided foraging walks for Hastings Borough Council. I’ve also been commissioned by Kew to undertake workshops at Wakehurst botanic gardens.

I believe that learning about responsible foraging helps to bring us into closer contact with nature and to understand more about our local wildlife. I’m committed to nature conservation and am a member of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI) and the RSBP, as well as a supporter of the Bat Conservation Trust.

My Biology degree included Botany, Ecology and Conservation, giving me a sound basis for foraging responsibly and and sustainably. I’ve trained in plant identification with the Field Studies Council and the BSBI. I have an MSc. in Rural & Regional Resources Planning (University of Aberdeen).
Plus:

  • PTLLS teaching & training qualification
  • Basic catering training (BIIAB)
  • Food Safety Level 2 qualification
  • Food hygiene rating of 5
  • Public and products liability insurance