Wild Feast foraging courses are currently mainly held in the Rye and Three Oaks area, surrounded by fields, hedgerows and woodland. I hold both themed foraging workshops and full-day courses. My courses are close enough to London for a day-trip down to East Sussex, but for those who’d like to make a weekend of it, accommodation information can be provided – the Domesday village of Iden is just outside the picturesque, medieval town of Rye.
Forage, Cook and Eat experience (full day)
A memorable experience involving a country walk, a creative cookery session and a sociable meal. I’ll help you become more confident in recognising edible plants and preparing and using them.
The day starts with a welcome and introduction covering the law around foraging for wild food, responsible foraging and plant identification, with wild-inspired tea and cake.
We’ll then gather common wild herbs, greens, flowers, seeds and fruit (depending on the time of year), and I’ll point out some you should avoid – at least 20 species will usually be covered. It’ll be approximately 1-2 hours of fairly easy walking with stops along the way.
Then back to the house to prepare lunch from some of our foraged finds with other fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms where possible. Everyone can join in some hands-on cooking before we sit down to relax and enjoy our delicious 2-course lunch at around 2.30pm, accompanied by a glass of fizz with a wild twist.
Sample lunch menu for late autumn (may vary depending on availability of ingredients): Hand-made pizza with a rosehip marinara sauce, wild mushrooms, wild herbs and goats cheese, with an autumn ‘slaw. Followed by crab apple ice cream with a sloe ripple, rosehip coulis and cobnut & hogweed seed granola, and a mug of wild-mulled cider.
Rye Bay scallops with wild garlic dressing and wild garlic flowers (spring menu)
Price: £99 per person (up to 8 places)
Includes wild tea and cake, ingredients, use of kitchen and equipment, 2-course lunch with fizz, recipe sheets and a printed guide to foraging.
Sunday 8 September 2019, Iden, East Sussex, 10am to 4pm (approx.) – past event
Sunday 29 September 2019, Iden, East Sussex, 10am to 4pm (approx.) – past event
Wild Rose Hip Preserving workshop
You’ll get tips on identifying these useful fruits, and how to tell them apart from less edible imposters. After an introduction to safe, responsible foraging, we’ll gather abundant wild fruit. It’ll be approximately 2 hours of fairly easy walking, possibly with a stile to cross. After which we return to the kitchen. Examples of what we
Price: £79 per person (up to 8 places)
Includes refreshments, some food to take home with preserving containers, ingredients, recipe sheets and a printed guide to foraging.
Date tbc, Iden, East Sussex, 10am to 3pm (approx.)
Iden courses are hosted by FOLKathome at a stylish, modern rustic house surrounded by beautiful countryside in the village of Iden, East Sussex, near the Kent border.
The venue is some 40 minutes walk from Rye rail station, and we may be able to arrange collection.
There is parking available at the course venue. The exact course location address will be provided on confirmation of course booking.
Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for, provided you let me know on booking. If you have any special dietary needs or food allergies, you must tell me on booking so I can check if I can cater for you.
Who’s it for?
As well as adults, young people of 12 to 17 can participate and must be accompanied by an adult. This particular route is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Because of the cooking element, I’m afraid dogs are not allowed on these particular courses.
All my courses are subject to Terms & Conditions which I email with payment details before purchase. By submitting a booking and attending a course, you agree to my Terms & Conditions.