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Wild Food Foraging and Preparation Weekend


Wild Food Foraging and Preparation Weekend

£275.00

Course Location: Nr Appleton in Oxfordshire

Course Time: 13:00 Friday until 14:00 Sunday

Course Duration: Friday to Sunday

Course size: 16 Persons Max

Course Age Range: 16+

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)

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Wild Food Foraging and Preparation Weekend


This weekend course goes beyond our Foraging Day Course and is spent looking at processing a range of wild foods including a variety of game and wild plants.
 
On Fridays arrival, it is straight into collecting and preparing all the ingredient which will make up your evening meal.
 
During this session and subsequent sessions our instructors will guide you through how to prepare a selection of wild food in a variety of ways. On Friday we will start by looking at birds as a food accompanied with some seasonal wild plants and use very basic techniques such as cooking in the embers of our fire together with an introduction to using cast iron Dutch ovens for cooking.

We will then begin finding, collecting and processing wild plants to accompany our evening meal. This will include processing available wild fruits into sauces, jams, and jellies.

The evening is spent dining round the fire with your fellow course members.

After a breakfast of damper bread cooked in a Dutch Oven, we will continue sourcing and collecting a variety of wild plants and begin processing them.  During the morning we will look at wild teas and coffees utilising a range of plants, and we will collect plants to form the basis of our lunch which will again incorporate wild game preparation and different cooking techniques such as plank cooking and grilling. Today we will focus on mammal preparation.

The afternoon will be spent looking at collecting and processing flour from wild plants and at sourcing other carbohydrates. The evening will see further game preparation of a larger mammal and the meal will be cooked in a ground oven.

On Sunday morning we will look at invertebrates as wild food including; insects, molluscs, worms, and crustaceans. Throughout the day we will continue to collect and process wild plants.  For lunch, we will finish the game preparation by looking at fish and further cooking techniques such as ponassing and steaming and we will utilise any wild flour we have made.

The afternoon will be spent collecting fruit from the hedgerow and making products for you to take away at the end of the course.

Throughout the weekend we will include the safety aspects of using wild plants and animals as a food.  We will also cover basic animal anatomy and biology, plant identification and food hygiene.

Our courses are designed to be a fun experience and are in no way either military style or "tree-huggy”. At no point during the course will you be expected to do anything that you are uncomfortable with. Our helpful and friendly instructors are always on hand with help, advice and assistance.

We are not woodland romantics but practical and realistic. We work in harmony with our changing seasons; adapting our practices throughout the year… for us, this is not an optional extra… but a way of life.

The course starts at 1pm on the Friday and finishes after lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Vegetarian dishes are also provided if notified in advance.

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    Nestling on the banks of the River Thames we have sole access to a 250 Acre Private Woodlands just outside the Village of Appleton, in Oxfordshire. With 125 Acres designated as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) there is an abundance of flora and fauna. With a mixed canopy throughout the woodlands and a mosaic of habitats this woodlands provides us with amazing resources, with Oak, Ash, Beech, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn and more. We have resident populations of Muntjac, Roe and Fallow Deer. Plus a huge variety of other fauna with almost daily sightings of Stoat, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and so much more. We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events.

    Toilet facilities are available my means of composting toilets and a portaloo. There are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.

    This wonderful wonderful woodlands is situated within 45 minutes of West London and the local train station (Oxford) is less than a 15 minute cab ride away. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.


This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "18 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)

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