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Apr
27
Sun
Wild Food fest – spring greens
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Foraging in the Woods

In this session we will identify and collect some amazing spring wild greens to enliven your body after winter. We will be making Boiled and fried wontons to be served with a wild spring salad. Expect to try wild garlic, wild mustard, hogweed, ground elder and whatever else we can stumble across. Depending on the weather this year we might also look at tapping silver birch for the lucrative and amazingly tasty silver birch sap syrup. We will also hopefully stumble across some St Georges Mushrooms hidden in the hedgerows – ahh, so much to find and do!

We will meet at Styperson Quarry and take a walk down to the Middle Wood Way where most of our foraging will take place, returning back to the forest to cook up something delicious in our forest kitchen.

May
18
Sun
Wild Food Fest – wonderful nettles
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wild food event Cheshire Nettle TeaIn this session we will identify and collect some amazing  wild greens. Nettles will be the key to this session – we will collect cook and try nettle crisps, nettle beer, nettle syrup, nettle tea, nettle soup and maybe even take a look at edible nettle paint. We will also take a look at how we can substitute bread for lime leafs whilst making lime leaf wraps. It’s the perfect time of year to collect beech leaves, with these we can start to make the notorious beech leaf noyae and if I’ve not drank all of mine from last year by this time we can try some I’ve made previously.

We will meet at Styperson Quarry and take a walk down to the Middle Wood Way where most of our foraging will take place, returning back to the forest to cook up something delicious in our newly built forest kitchen.

Jun
22
Sun
Wild Food Fest – elderflowers
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

elderflowersThis is an exciting time of year – it’s elder flower season – This versatile flower can be made in to a whole range of delicacies, which we will follow, taste, test, eat and drink. Expect to make and try Elder flower cordial, Elder flower cake, Elder flower sorbet, Elder flower fritters and the incredible Elder flower champagne. We also hope to find and look at pine pollen – natures aphrodisiac – as well as testing your taste buds with ribbed plaintain (what could it replace in a meal)

We will meet at Styperson Quarry and take a walk down to the Middle Wood Way where most of our foraging will take place, returning back to the forest to cook up something delicious in our forest kitchen.

Jul
19
Sat
Wild Basket Weaving
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wild Basket Weaving in CheshireIn this today’s basket weaving course  we will be learning a number of weaving techniques whilst all building our own unique hand weaved baskets.

We will take to our feet to forage, identify and harvest some weaving materials to include in our basketry such as brambles, ivy, dog wood, willows, silver birch and maybe even nettles.

Learn a selection of weaving techniques.

Learn how to identify and harvest materials from the wild that are suitable for weaving.

Weave your own basket to take home or to give to someone you care about.

Jul
20
Sun
Wild Food Fest – flowers
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

wild food event As the summer hopefully starts we will be looking to the flowers. How can flowers be added in to salads for taste and visual effectiveness, what soothing teas can be made from natures flora and much more. Expect to try a whole range of teas, some fresh that we will forage on the day and others from my large array of dried wild teas – we can make our own blends and try each others concoctions. We can also try some of the elder flower champagne we will have brewed in the previous session.

we can make some rose petal yoghurt which is unbelievably delicious and may even put our hands to rose petal Turkish delights!

We will meet at Styperson Quarry and take a walk down to the Middle Wood Way where most of our foraging will take place, returning back to the forest to cook up something delicious in our forest kitchen

Aug
9
Sat
Wild Food Fest – teggs nose bilberry pick
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bilberry painted in bilberry juiceThis month Schola Foris’ Wild food fest will be teaming up with Wacky Woods and The Cheshire East Rangers to bring a new spin on this years bilberry pick.

The pick will take place up at Teggs Nose country Park – one of the best spots around for picking this delicious fruit. Expect to make and try bilberry jam, bilberry fruit leather, bilberry painting and depending on the fruitfulness of the coming season we may also try bilberry soup (a strange concept but just wait until you try it!)

We will meet on site at 10-10.15 – have a short talk about the site and the bilberry, we may even delve in to some mythology of the bilberry followed by a lovely stroll to the site where we will show you how to identify and harvest, at which point you’re free to collect to your hearts desire. Meeting back at the  visitors centre around 11-12 to cook up and try some delicious bilberry creations!

 

Sep
21
Sun
Wild Food Fest – berries
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

japanese rose hipsWe should have passed the summers sun, all the plants will have stored as much of that energy as possible and will now be releasing it in the form of beautiful and delicious fruits. We will identify and collect a whole range of fruit from Elder berries to Rose hips, wild strawberries and maybe the odd blackberry if we’re lucky. With these we will make a range of edibles to excite your taste buds, expect to try Jams, jellies, syrups, fruit leathers and soups.

This is also the time of year where some plants put that collected energy in to their roots to be stored so we will look in to the potential of utilising root systems, specifically looking at making our afternoon coffees from roasted dandelion roots as well as the opportunity to taste my very own roasted dandelion root stout.

We will meet at Styperson Quarry and take a walk down to the Middle Wood Way where most of our foraging will take place, returning back to the forest to cook up something delicious in our forest kitchen.

Oct
19
Sun
Wild Fungi Forage
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A Mushroom Hunt

This Fungi Forage will be led by expert mushroom forager Jesper Launder, we will meet at an undisclosed site in goyt valley, in between Cheshire and Derbyshire (one of the car parks, we will let you know by email closer to the time), where there is an amazing array of wild fungi to search for, discover, uncover and learn about. As well as learning about mushrooms we will be teaching you varying techniques for identifying mushrooms safely, how to pick and process mushrooms for medicine, art and food. At the end of this session we will cook up something special and we can all share the days collection and fruits through our taste buds. This may be a risotto, some peculiar mushroom sweets or mushroom tea – or all of them haha!!
jespers mushrooms

Oct
25
Sat
In-Depth Paper Making
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm

Paper SamplesSession will run 10-15:00 on both days,

During this in-depth session we will learn the history of paper making from collection of material through processing and to making and using our own papers. We will look in detail at the equipment used to make paper and will all design and make our own deckle and moulds, which you can take home with you. We will look at the potential for using wild and natural dyes to colour your paper pulps and papers. As well as techniques used historically, in modern production and from the wild for sizing paper, or making paper suitable for watercolour works. Giving you all the in-depth knowledge and tools to make your own unique papers whenever you feel inspired to do so.