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September is high fungi season in Glen Finglas, and this event is designed to make the most of it. Over the course of 3 hours (about 1.5 miles of easy walking) we will explore the fascinating world of fungi. While our main focus will be on fungi, we will not ignore the tasty plants that share the forest!
Date/Time: Friday, 27 September. Arrive in time for a 13:00 start and finish at 18:00.
Meeting place: Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway, Brig o' Turk, Callander, FH17 8HR. There is free car parking spaces in Lendrick Hill car park along A821 & we'll meet inside the Visitor Gateway.
Price: £50 for adults (above 16 years) / £25 (children aged 12 till 16) - booking essential due to limited spaces!
Please note: We do not recommend this event for children under 12 years old.
Dogs: by prior arrangement only.
Expect: Gentle walking on well made paths. The walk will last around 3 hours, followed by an informal al-fresco cook-in of our finds. There will be wild treats and tasters to enjoy throughout.
Your host for the day will be Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Mark is a passionate mycophile, wild gastronomer and professional wild food educator, who has been teaching about wild mushroom identification and edibility for over 25 years. Mark is a font of knowledge and enthusiasm on wild fungi, specialising in making this often daunting subject fun and accessible to novices, while providing solid foundations for a lifetime of discovery, enjoyment, worry-free wild eating and a wider appreciation of the crucial role fungi play in the environment. Mark writes widely on this subject and works closely with leading mycologists, landowner/conservation organisations such as The National Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage.
Check out Mark's free online Wild Fungi Guide here: http://www.gallowaywildfoods.com/an-introduction-to-fungi-foraging/
Read, listen, watch more about Mark Williams and Galloway Wild Foods here: http//:www.gallowaywildfoods.com/foraging-videos/
When time and weather allow, we lay out and label our finds to serve as a souvenir and aide-memoire of the afternoon’s discoveries.
Eat/drink: Mark thinks it is important to bring the wild foods we encounter to life by not just talking about them, but by eating and drinking them. To this end, in addition to the cook-in at the end, he carries a very hefty bagful of lovingly prepared treats, tasters and tipples to share during the walk. These are both delicious and educational, and the walk is more like guided grazing, a gentle imbibing of the landscape, than a route march! Often we will make a cocktail of the plants we encounter and drink it in a beautiful spot. The cook-in afterwards serves as both an al-fresco cookery demonstration and a social time to eat together and digest the afternoon’s discoveries with new friends. While he doesn’t bill this as a full meal, most people leave well filled! All dietary requirements can be catered for, provided you let us know when you book.
If you would like to pay for this event using a Galloway Wild Foods gift voucher, please email email@example.com quoting your voucher code.
Please note that while this date and location is selected to maximise the potential range of fungi we encounter, it is not possible to guarantee what we will find.
Photograph credit GallowayWildFoods.com