The first course in our food and craft festival takes place on the 28th April with a Spring Tide foraging event with Mark Williams from Galloway Wild Foods. Mark appeared on Radio 4’s the Food Programme and his encyclopaedic knowledge and creative genius with our outdoor larder was a revelation.
Participants will join him to pick and gather produce from moor and shore culminating in a wild banquet, hosted by Mark, at An Lanntair on the Friday night. Expect several courses of shellfish, seaweeds and sea greens, topped-off by a wild cocktail.
Foraging event and banquet- £45 (Sold out- contact the box office to be added to the waiting list)
Banquet Only- £30 (very limited tickets available)
An introduction to spring foraging on the coast. Over the course of the walk, you will receive expert tuition on how to find, identify, mindfully harvest, preserve, cook and enjoy 30+ wild edibles. Highlights include spoot (razor) clam trapping, other shellfish, seaweeds, coastal succulent plants and maritime herbs. This is a fun, informative and truly memorable afternoon with treats and tasters throughout.
The route is around a 1 mile and suitable for anyone of moderate fitness who is comfortable moving over rocky foreshore, slippery rocks and muddy sand flats. It isn’t suitable for children under 8.
Both novice and more advanced foragers will find this event inspiring, fun, and hugely informative. The walk is timed around a low spring tide.
Warm clothes and wellies essential.
2.00pm– meet at An Lanntair- drive to site driving directions will be provided (please let us know if you need a lift to the site, or would be happy to give someone a lift)
2.30pm– Forage event at Lewis Beach location time on site approx 3 hours
6.00pm– arrive back at An Lanntair, Time for participants to either go home to change, or leave muddy clothes at An Lanntair and warm up with a cup of tea
7.30pm– Meet in An Lanntair Harbour room for banquet, dinner only participants to arrive
9.30pm– approximate finish time
(all times are subject to change)
A few important bits to note:
The only weather that causes events to be cancelled is dangerous wind. In these instances you will be notified as early as possible.
We will email all participants closer to the event to confirm if you have any:
- Medical conditions
- Mobility issues
- Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy).
All requirements can usually be catered for, but these differentiations are required for risk assessments.
Please ensure that all members of your party come suitably dressed for the weather, season and event.
For your comfort and safety, wellies, waterproofs and spare clothes are necessary. I always recommend wellies for coastal foraging events – you are likely to get wet feet if you don’t have them!
Please bring your own drinking water.
Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing a camera, notebook, field guide, small basket/cloth bag. Feel free to bring along any of your own wild food preparations to share and talk about.