Scottish Wild Food Festival
Cardross Estate, Stirlingshire
The Scottish Wild Food Festival is a one-day festival that will take place on 14 September and is funded by Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER.
Visitors to the festival at the beautiful country estate will be able take part in an extensive range of free and paid-for events and activities throughout the day, with something to suit every age. This relaxed and informative festival offers an excellent opportunity to learn the skills to responsibly and safely gather a wild harvest and cook with a wide range of plants and fungi. The day will be punctuated by two impressive long table feasts prepared by some of Scotland’s top chefs.
The festival line up includes:
- A Wild Food and Chocolate Pairing Challenge from award-winning chocolatier, Charlotte Flowers
- Taste Wild, Taste Local Picnic: the chance to sample tasty nibbles at a picnic of locally produced foods intertwined with wild ingredients.
- Jam & Curd Making Demonstration from jamming expert Kate Thornhill of Perthshire Preserves
- Fire lighting - how to build and light fires safely for wild food cookery
- Mindful Wild tea tasting with Green Tree Remedies - the opportunity to sample a range of wild teas infused from foraged ingredients, learn about their properties and how to make them.
- Winter Health Walk - Lauren Lochrie from Herbal Homestead will help to identify medicinal plants and show how to make the herbal remedies at home and stay healthy over the colder months.
- Happy Hedgerow: Rokhsaneh Madeira will reveal how being surrounded by nature improves mood and general wellbeing. Participants will hunt for Scottish superfoods and find out how they can have positive effects on overall mental wellbeing.
- Hedgerow Spirit - Wild Cocktails - a short foraging walk sampling drinks along the way, learning about ancient fermentation processes
- Wild Crafted Cocktail Tasting from Marysia Paszkowska, Executive Head Chef at Monachyle Mhorwill demonstrate how to prepare and serve wild crafted cocktails from foraged chanterelles, brambles, wild sorrel and crab apple.
- Wild Ices of Achray - the chance to taste brand new wild ice cream and sorbets and even meet some of the friendly goats from Achray Farm
- Wild Way Points: An interactive, family-centred session linking both geocaching and foraging. Children and adults will learn all about the world of geocaching, how to use and navigate with a GPS and discovery a variety of edible and fascinating plants along the way!
- A fireside workshop with chef, Roy Revie, showing guests how to cook and eat their own foraged flatbread and soup.
- Picture it with Pickles – a chance to sketch, create, and mindfully explore wild plants in detail
Tickets are priced at £8 per adult with free entry for children under 16. Tickets are available for the morning session between 10am – 2pm and the afternoon session 2pm – 6pm. Some events and workshops within the festival are individually priced. All event and workshop purchases include free entry to the festival.
The Scottish Wild Food Festival is one of the key events of Foraging Fortnight, a LEADER funded project that draws together events across Forth Valley and Loch Lomond, Fife, Lanarkshire, Orkney and Moray. Foraging Fortnight runs from 31st August to 15th September. The festival is also part of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.