Forage and Feast

Winter foraging can be a real treat.  At this time of year we can scour fields, shoreline and woodland to forage for greens, seeds, fungi and fruit.  There’s a surprising haul of wild edibles out there. Join us to look back at our Forage and Feast in Dorset which took place in December.  Because winter is a time of year that many of us stay indoors to get warm and snug against the elements. Therefore we threw caution to the wind and got out there with some hardy folk to learn the art of foraging and wild food.

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foraging basketWhat can you forage in Winter, we hear you cry?  Between autumn and spring there’s still lots of wild foods to be found.  Mushrooms, seaweed, nuts, berries and a handful of winter greens. And there is still plenty out there. Lately we have found all sorts of wild foods. Edible seaweeds, ground ivy, young alexanders, rosehips, pine needles.  Jack by the hedge, three cornered leek, sweet chestnuts, wood sage, sorrel, plaintain, sea beet, gorse, wild rosemary and haw berries.  Just to name but a few.identify plants
mushrooms forageThe beauty of our Forage and Feast events is that you get to try some of the wild ingredients.  Then our forager will show you on the walk.  Then you will find out how these wild foods can be used in making wild cocktails and recipes. Read our menu below.

Winter Menu

festive winter forage feast menu

cocktail winter forage and feast

The Forage and Feast starts at our hut on Studland beach with a foraging walk with founder Dan Scott. Then our professional forager walks guests through the hedgerows and onto the beach to seek out wild plants.  Throughout the walk Dan gives tips on harvesting sustainably.  Also how to identify plants and information on any possible look-alikes or poisonous plants.

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The foraging walk ends at our lovely seaside pavilion in Studland, just a short walk away. It is a unique and beautiful building where guests are greeted to a wild cocktail.  All designed around the foraged ingredients by Dan’s wife Jade.  Also at this event they took part in a fire lighting workshop here.  While the chef Stewart cooked over flames and the light faded over the ocean beyond.

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full table people eating feast

Wild cocktails are such a great way to use foraged ingredients. You can get creative with turning berries and plants into syrups and shrubs. On this Forage and Feast we used our own Sloe Gin and Rosehip Syrup. To create a warming and festive cocktail to kick start the feast.winter forage cocktail berry

We run seasonal Forage and Feasts in Studland, Dorset.  As Well as a whole host of other monthly wild food events on and off the water.  All from our location here, across Dorset and beyond. See our events page for more foraging events or purchase a gift voucher for a friend or loved one.

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* With special thanks to One Thousand Words and Richard Budd Photography.

 

 

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