Foraging for wild foods in the woods Wild cooking Penny bun wild mushroom Harvesting wild foods for flavouring Wild fungi gathered from our woodland site Hawthorn berries Instruction during an autumn wild food walk Venison campfire jerky Billy can oven baked bread Serving up trout cooked over oak Foraging bounty! Digging for burdock root A handful of wild edible roots Rosehips Wild fungi on the Autumn Wild Food & Foraging weekend Shaggy inkcaps popping up after the rain Wild carrot Venison haunches Autumn harvest Penny Bun & hiding Blusher

Autumn Wild Food & Cooking Weekend

Our countryside is packed with wild foods and useful plants – if you know where to look! Almost every flower, tree and mushroom has a use and a story or two to go with it! 

On this two day course you will live out in the woods, foraging wild foods and cooking over open fires. You will be shown primarily how to identify edible and poisonous plants, however, along the way you'll also learn which species are good for medicine, cordage, making fire, insect repellent, natural glues, soap and even dyes.

For the meat eaters we also cover large game field butchery during this weekend course.  You'll skin and butcher a deer carcass then be shown how to cook the haunches in an underground hangi oven using hot rocks, Maori style.  We'll talk about preserving food outdoors too with some of the venison being made into jerky.  Baking bread over a campfire in a variety of different ways is also taught, an important string to your bow.  In fact, with Autumn being a time of plenty we do a LOT of quality eating on this course.  Bring a bigger pair of trousers to go home in...

You may burn off a few calories too though, there's a lot of ground to cover – literally, so bring a good pair of walking boots and be prepared for some hiking, gathering and a bit of digging.  We always round off the weekend with a fun quiz to show you exactly how much you've learnt.

Over this weekend you will receive instruction and gain practical experience in:

  • Wild plant identification for food, medicine and other uses.
  • Preparing certain wild foods to make them edible.
  • Preserving wild plant foods for the winter.
  • Preserving wild meat in the woods.
  • Cooking using hot rocks, ground ovens and other improvised methods.
  • Field butchery of large game (deer) from a self-reliance viewpoint (using the hide, bones, antlers).
  • Cooking over a campfire with minimal, modern and improvised equipment.
  • Baking using a campfire - bread, dampers, pies.
  • Food hygiene in an outdoor environment.

This course assembles Friday evening for an initial safety brief at 7pm and finishes at approximately 4pm on the Sunday.  This course is fully catered.

Are you looking for a shorter wild food foraging day course instead?  Take a look at the Wild Food & Foraging Day Course or please get in touch to organise your own private training or course date.



Autumn Wild Food & Cooking Weekend

Autumn Wild Food & Cooking

2 days

17-Sep-2021 to 19-Sep-2021

Start 19.00

Finish 16.00


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