Here’s the Edulis foraging courses & events calendar for this spring and summer so far:
Wild garlic celebration day, Otley, Leeds
Otley Chevin, 1pm-7pm Sun 14 May 2017
Enjoy a 3-hour foraging walk to see and smell carpets of wild garlic in glorious flower, and to collect ingredients for our dinner, followed by wild drinks and making various delights using wild garlic. We’ll make delicious finger foods and dips and create wild pizzas topped with an array of foraged treats to choose from and cook them in an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. You’ll also learn to make your own jar of lacto-fermented wild garlic to take home. Age 16+. Overnight accommodation available too, email me for details.
Foraging course, workshop & dinner £40
Email me to find out more and to book
Wild food pop-up : Wild & Wall : LIF17
Foraging walk & tasting menu dinner, Cafe 164
Fri 19 & Sat 20 May, walk 5:30 dinner 7:30-11pm
As part of the PLANT GROW MAKE EAT exhibition at The Gallery at Munro House, chef Justin Thomas @ The Bootleg Belly, pastry queen Cat James @ Cafe 164 and Lisa Cutcliffe @ Edulis Wild Foods will be offering an evening of foraging, found-food facts and five-course feasting. After an urban wild food walk around the city, guests will enjoy tasting their finds alongside foragings from further afield, as well leaves and blooms from our living ‘food wall’, with an introduction to plant identification. Age 16+. Tickets for the dinner only are also available. Discount for Leeds Indie Food Festival passport holders (10%).
Walk & dinner £50 / £45, dinner only £35 / £31.50
Visit the LIF17 site to book Fri 19 May or Sat 20 May
Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink : Scotland
Nr Girvan, Ayrshire – 10am-5pm – Sun 11 June 2017
I’ll be running foraging taster walks along the seafront again this year, it’s a wonderful indie food festival in a stunning location right on the beach – discover dozens of delicious seaweeds, shellfish and specialist coastal plants right outside the marquee, followed by wild drinks, tasters and treats to tickle the tastebuds!
Foraging walks are 1.5hrs, starting at 11am, 1pm & 3pm £12 per person (£2 of that is entry to the festival itself) – you can book through the festival organisers
More information about Ballantrae Food Festival
Book tickets for my Ballantrae walks
Foraging & wild pizza workshop : Jupiter Artland
Edinburgh – 10am-4pm – Sat 15 July 2017
Explore the outdoors with experienced forager Lisa Cutcliffe learning about Scotland’s free and nutritious plants, fungi and seaweeds, followed by fun creating pizzas topped with wild ingredients and baked in an outdoor wood-fired oven – a unique way to prepare and enjoy the much-loved Italian classic – £55
More information on the wild pizza workshop and how to book
More courses in Winchester, Cumbria, Yorkshire and poss North Wales to come soon!!
Plus a shellfish and spooting trip for next February and March is in the pipeline 🙂
Watch this space!
Freelance writer and blogger Jen Chillingsworth at little birdie joined my July ‘forage & cook’ day at the Get Cooking! kitchens in Leeds and reviewed her experiences of the day along with her beautiful photos:
Foraging & wild cooking day – Jen, little birdie
Food writer and photographer Joan Ransley joined my May wild food walk in Leeds and wrote about her experiences of the day for the Yorkshire Post and i-Paper, along with some of her gorgeous photos:
Urban foraging: how to find your dinner in a local park – Joan Ransley
Writer and blogger Dawn Nelson came to my riverside foraging walk through the Winchester water meadows in July 2015 and posted a review of the day, along with her lovely photos:
Foraging with Edulis : wild food – Dawn Nelson
Photographer Mat Smith writes an account of his first foraging experience on my New Forest foray in September 2015, including some of his beautiful images from the day:
Fungi foray in the New Forest – Mat Smith
Want to get someone you love a unique and exciting gift? Why not consider an edulis foraging course voucher!
Example gift vouchers (valid for a year):
£30 : one adult place on an open course
£60 : two adults places so they can bring a friend (or you!)
If you’d be interested in finding out more, and the specific t&cs for each, do email me and we can find something to suit you!
What to expect
My scheduled wild food walks are open to all. You needn’t be super-fit, the walks are usually around 3-4 hours of slow, easy walking with frequent stops to introduce you to interesting wild edibles & medicinals as we go along, with opportunities to taste things. Sometimes we’ll all bring a packed lunch and have a rest to eat on the way round.
At the end of the walk we will normally gather round to have wild teas, usually from plants we collected on the walk. We’ll be able to sample some plants and flowers raw as we go along, but wild mushrooms and other plants should be cooked before eating so we’ll take the opportunity to have a little taster cook-up of our finds and see what they’re like, along with some homemade cheeses, chutneys & bread and maybe a wild salad or cake, it changes every time! I’ll also bring pickles, vinegars, syrups and infused booze for you to sample.
This usually takes another hour or so, allows for chatting and questions and to have a look in my books and to sample other wild concoctions and things I’ve brought along for you try.
Prices vary depending on course length, venue and whether or not any food is included. There’s usually a limited number of child and student places on each walk. You can redeem gift vouchers for open courses, and can pay the difference on more expensive special events if you like too.
How to book
Please email me at email@example.com telling me which course you’d like to book and for how many people and I’ll send you the payment details. You can pay by bank transfer or PayPal (there’s a small charge for PP).
Courses must be paid for in full in advance to secure your booking. For my refund and cancellation polices, have a look at my terms & conditions for foraging courses.
If you wish to redeem a gift voucher, please let me know this at the time of booking. If the course you wish to book is more than your voucher I’ll send you the payment details for top-up and booking. Any queries just get in touch!
Children are most welcome and I love having them on my walks, their enthusiasm is wonderful and they are fantastic at spotting things!
All children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult and will be in their care throughout the walk. There isn’t a lower age limit, I leave it up to parents to judge whether their child can walk for a mile or so over the 3 hours and will follow safety instruction.
The terrain is mainly flat but you might struggle with a pushchair in some locations, so please contact me first if you plan to bring one. A carrier might be more suitable for very young children. If you would like more detail on what to expect on the day then please get in touch, I’m happy to tell you whatever I can!
The exact timings and locations will be confirmed on booking (or you can email me any time to ask) and detailed joining instructions will be sent out the week before the day of the course.
This is because wild food is incredibly seasonal and weather-dependant, so sometimes I may elect to change to a different location a few days before the course so that I will have more to show you.This is very unusual but can happen!
I can find something edible to forage all year round, however I prefer to run courses in the months when nature’s larder is most bountiful and varied!
Spring is great for fresh new greens, roots, flowers and tree ID. If we’re lucky we may also find some of the first good edible fungi of the year!
Summer boasts greens, flowers and also the first fruits start to appear. With rain comes flushes of warm-loving fungi and a few spring species turning to seed for us to enjoy.
Autumn is the best time for a wealth and variety of fungi and fruits, as well as seeds, roots and foliage, some of which can persist long into the winter, especially if it stays mild.
Terms and conditions
For further detail about the basis on which I offer my foraging courses, gift vouchers and other services, please see my terms and conditions page.