May is a glorious time of the year for foraging. It’s the time when you will find wonderful spring wild foods that include the St. George’s mushrooms. These mushrooms typically come out on St George’s day, hence the name and are normally in the height of season in May.
Join us on our foraging woodland adventure! Henry Ashby, expert forager and supplier of wild food to Wales’ top restaurants, will lead this foray in St. Pierre’s Great Woods just outside of Chepstow. Henry will teach you how to identify these edible treats and how to forage sustainably. We hope to find St. George’s mushrooms, and other spring treats such as ramsons, wild chervil, pig nuts and celandine.
After our forage we will head to The New Inn to enjoy a light bite featuring foraged foods. We will talk about the wild foods found on the day and give you lots of ideas and tips on what to do with your edible treats.
Please bring good outdoor clothes and shoes/boots.
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12:15 Arrive at The New Inn Pwllmeric for welcome tea or coffee. 12:30 Dress for the weather and depart for our foraging site. We will drive in convoy 2 miles to the site. Individual maps will be given on the day. 12:40 to 2:40 Guided forage in St. Pierre's Great Woods 2:40 Back to The New Inn for a light bite featuring foraged foods. 4:00 Day ends
Welcome tea or coffee
Guided forage walk by Henry Ashby
A light bite featuring foraged foods with your choice of tea or coffee
Tips and recipes for your foraged finds
What People Say About This Tour
On a blue-skied summer's day I travelled in the Food Adventure mini-bus to Llantwit Major where we met a wise man and his dog and headed out along the path, clutching our complmentary cotton foraging bags and stopping every few feet to sample the diverse tastes of the hedgerow. We crunched on green sea radishes and were surprised by the strong mustardy flavour of the bright yellow charlock flowers. It turned out that Henry the expert forager is also a chef and a great storyteller, and he assured us that this kind of foraging is not about survival, it's about good tastes. It's no surprise that he provides seasonal treats for excellent restaurants across the area. After venturing out across the rocks at the edge of the sea to scoop up some seaweed, we drove back to Barry for a cooking demonstration a delicious lunch at the Gallery featuring fresh wild food and excellent wine. I heartily recommend Food Adventure's foraging outings, which highlight not just the food secrets of the hedgerows but good company in beautiful Welsh landscapes.
Dale H. about Foraging with Henry Ashby and Lunch at The Gallery
It was a great day and hope to join you on another one soon.
Richard C. about Foraging with Henry Ashby and Lunch at the Gallery