Scottish Island Adventure
The Foragers have made friends with Duncan Smallman of the Slate Isles Seaweed company (@seaweedonaslate). A doctor of seaweed and committed coastal forager, he lives on idyllic Easdale Island, the smallest inhabited island on the West coast of Scotland, surrounded on all sides by rocky beaches teeming with edible sea life.
Together with Duncan, on October 5th – 8th 2017, we’re offering a lucky few the chance to join us on an extra special foraging trip to the island: a long weekend of foraging and cooking, where we’ll teach you how to find, identify and eat the wild food found in this uniquely beautiful part of the world.
This is an immersive foraging experience, with more to see and do than we can list here, but some highlights of the weekend include:
Wild Scottish sushi workshop - The Japanese are way ahead of us in terms of seaweed snacking. We will comb the coast for seaweeds prized by the Japanese as sushi ingredients, culminating in a lunch of British sushi you’ll make yourself with with fresh-caught fish and wild kombu, wakame and nori.
Morning of mushrooms – a trip to local ancient woodland in the early morning in search of wild mushrooms. An introduction to the delicious and deadly world of fungi foraging. We’ll slap whatever we find in a pan in the woods and have a campfire lunch.
Wild booze, berries and barbecue - a stroll around the island’s edible bushes and trees, fuelled by samples of some of the alcoholic treats we make from hedgerow fruits and plants. Then a beach barbecue with wild surf and turf – wild hunted venison loin steaks and fresh Easdale lobster.
Seafood smokery – a crash course in gathering edible shellfish from the island’s coast and curing them in the delicious smokey smoke of a smokery.
The wild world of haggis - we lift the lid on what goes into the ultimate Scottish dish: haggis. We’ll make our own wild Scottish feast from scratch, and taste some pretty serious wild herb whiskey liqueur.
Full price tickets are £675 per person, but we’re offering an early bird special price of £635 if you book before 9th September 2017. If you choose to fly to Scotland, you’ll be responsible for making your own way to Glasgow, where the group will assemble, but after that all transport & accommodation is included. We’ll drive you up to the island in our Foraging Bus, which will depart from Glasgow airport at midday on Thursday 5th October. You’ll stay in various guesthouses around the island. The price includes all workshops as well as Thursday dinner, Friday lunch & dinner, lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. At the end of the trip, the Foraging Bus will return you to Glasgow airport for 4pm on Sunday afternoon. If you prefer to drive yourself to the island, there is parking next to the Easdale ferry, so you could meet us there. Please ask if you need further details and we will make sure our arrangements suit your plans.
Tickets are strictly limited, so do sign up early. To book your ticket, please fill out our booking form.