Sat, 17 Jul|
Helen Browning's Royal Oak
Foragers Lunch Event
With Martin Bailey £75pp (including lunch)
Time & Location
17 Jul 2021, 09:30 – 14:30
Helen Browning's Royal Oak, Cues Ln, Bishopstone, Swindon SN6 8PP, UK
About The Event
Martin will return to Eastbrook Farm in 2021 to host this fantastic event yet again!
In the morning we will have a quick overview of what we can expect to find before heading out into the farm and foraging what's in seasons. After a few hours, we will head back to the Royal Oak where the chefs will prepare our findings for a glorious forager's lunch!
Every season is different here on the farm but we'd hope to find species such as watercress, hairy bittercress, nettles, wild garlic, crow garlic, hogweed shoots, garlic mustard, dock, dandelion, mint, shoots and leaves.
"As a child I would patrol the hedgerows and woodland surrounding our village in search of adventure. I remember the joy of finding Wild Asparagus dotted along the country lanes, plucking Giant Puffballs to take home for my mum to cook and spending hours hollowing out underground dens – the smell of the soil is still so evocative for me today.
In my early twenties I moved to Bristol, and met other people whose passion was hunting for wild food. Accompanying them I soon found myself hooked on foraging; spending long hours outdoors, only the darkness dictating when I left the woods, heading for home.
A few years later I started supplying wild food to local restaurants. I was generating income from my foraging and it was wonderful to see food I had picked transformed, through the skill and creativity of gifted chefs into gourmet meals.
During this time I was working as a musician; playing with a variety of bands up and down the country. Alongside this I began practising Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung; Standing Like a Tree – you may want to look that one up! This experience has given me an increased awareness of subtle changes in the environment; a vital attribute for any forager.
My journey with wild food has led me to all kinds of interesting places, as well as people."
Ticket includes meet and greet, introductory session, foraging walk and lunch