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he-Forager-Handbook-Edible-BritainWild Food Summer School – There was  the chance to forage with  Miles Irving Author of the Forager’s Handbook – The Bible for foragers,  cheese making workshops, use of herbs and wild foods in cooking workshops, artisan food stalls, as well as GIY talks and Wild food & Craft Beer pairings

More foraging, more great speakers, films, music,  Artisan Food stalls, Cheese making and  events for children. We also have a retrofitted ambulance  giving workshops on Up Cycling, Composting etc., facilitated by the Community Reuse Network Ireland (CRNI)

Wild Food Summer School

Wild Food Summer School in August Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th

rectory-loungeBlackstairs Eco Trails are holding a Wild Food Summer School in August Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th.
The School will have debates, talks, big foraging sessions, cook ups and lots of fun. The School will be held in our renovated 1831 Barn with high Eco credentials looking out on the Blackstairs Mountains in South Carlow.
We have already lined up key note speakers such as Biddy White Lennon, noted Forager and author, Paddy Woodworth IrishTimes and author and Philip McCabe the Bee Man from Mooney Goes Wild as well as Mary Mulvey of EcoTourism Ireand.
On the Sunday we will have a Tapas style Wild Food lunch cooked up by a celebrity Chef.
Booking essential

  • Friday 8th €70
  • Saturday 9th €90
  • Sunday 10th €70
  • Booking in for all three days Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th €210.

We will have lots of foraging to different locations, a big Wild Food debate on the Friday night, two keynote speakers plus cook ups on the Saturday and our Wild Food Lunch on Sunday.
More Info as we get it 🙂

Foraging For All Ages

A Day Foraging in Carlow

Yesterday myself and some friends went along on the Foraging walk with Mary and Robert of Blackstairs Eco Trails to experience the event for ourselves. What a fabulous day! (Despite the rain trying to sabotage us!!)
We were first welcomed warmly by Mary who introduced everyone to one another thereby making us all feel very comfortable as we relaxed in the firelit lounge where there was an information table set up with timely recipes (Elderberry and Apple crumble – delish!) and factsheets on fungi etc.
Mary Whyte Then Robert and Mary spoke of the ethics of Foraging and explained a bit about the days’ events which would involve a forage around the ample garden, a trip to a nearby riverside and a delicious lunch.
The group was a  mixed bunch of lovely people (from age 3 upwards) and we headed round the garden coming across Ceps, fly agarics, slippery jacks, wild horseradish, nettles, dandelion, rosehips, haws, plantain and much more!!
We were then treated to a mouthwatering lunch which included homemade lentil soup, a selection of cheeses (including the very tasty Carlow chedder), apple and onion bread (a firm favourite) and more. Yum!
holly investigatesAfter lunch we drove down to the nearby River barrow to identify the fruits of the hedgerows which included sloes, haws, rosehips, guelder rose berries to name a few.
Mary also gave us some information on the Tree types which you can find out more of on her upcoming Celtic Tree Walk here >>
More food awaited us upon our return with a taster plate of wild salad  (you will never buy an iceberg lettuce again – as Robert said they are simply a water receptacle!) and a seriously good elderberry and apple crumble the recipe for which was supplied to us also on a printout. – Nice touch!
Robert joked that when eating wild fungi one should always leave a sample on a nearby table for the autopsy lol!
The gorgeous local produce we had for lunch
All in all it was a very enjoyable day and today I got up off my sofa and collected plenty of sloes and elderberries (keeping to the one third foraging rule) to make sloe gin and elderberry liquer – although I just might make Marys’ elderberry apple crumble!
Dates as follows:

  • Saturday April 12th 2014
  • Saturday May 10th 2014
  • Saturday June 14th 2014
  • Saturday July 12th 2014
  • Saturday August 16th 2014

Price: €95 pp
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For more photos of the day visit our Facebook page >>
Thanks Mary and Robert- see you again soon, Roz