Seaweed Forage and Beach Picnic
Join us to find edible seaweeds, learn how dry and store and how to prepare & cook with them, to use them in the garden and in the bath. We’ll prepare lunch with our forage afterwards, so you will taste the unique flavours of several species.
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Harvesting the sea in Waterford
Festival forager shines the spotlight on seaweed’s benefits
Marie Power, aka The Sea Gardener, is a Waterford-based seaweed forager, educator, food producer and author of a cookbook and foraging guide called “The Sea Garden.”
The Sea Gardener launched a range of healthy protein snack bars in 2014, and soon after, a savoury caponata, all containing her own special blend of seaweeds. These innovative and tasty foods are broadening the appeal of seaweeds. The products were very well received and are now stocked in stores in Waterford, Cork, Wexford, Kilkenny and Dublin.
Marie has always been interested in wildlife and she now combines her passion for food and ecology in The Sea Gardener business. “We are interested in the source of our food and in making the link between the origin and consumption of food as short and simple as possible.”
The Waterford Harvest Festival takes place from September 11th to 13th and Marie will be educating the public about the benefits of seaweed and showcasing her latest products as part of the Waterford Chamber Skillnet Big Taste tent in the city centre.
Image: Patrick Browne
Marie Power, aka The Sea Gardener, foraging with helpers Katie and Harry Earl on Garrarus beach near Tramore in Co. Waterford. Marie’s book and seaweed products will be available for sale during the Waterford Harvest Festival, which runs from September 11th to 13th. www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie
Seaweed Forager Marie Power is The Sea Gardener.
Based in Co Waterford but providing foraging events nationwide Marie offers her years’ of experience and indepth knowledge of how to identify seaweed and create tasty and nutritious dishes with it.
There are a number of Sea Foraging Events throughout the year as well as the opportunity to book any of the following:
SEAWEED COOKERY WORKSHOP
A comprehensive introduction to foraging for and cooking seaweed, including shore walk, cookery demo and tasting and talk & slide show on health benefits.
3 hours: €30
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
A guided walk on the shore showing a range of edible seaweeds, the ecology of the rocky shore. Learn how to forage your own seaweed. Finish with a beach picnic based on seaweed dishes. A great time out for all the family.
1.5 hours: €20 per person, €50 per family of 2 adults and children.
GO WILD WITH SEAWEED
Take the Walk on the Wild Side a step further and turn your foraged seaweed into your own picnic food.
2 hours: €25 per person €45 per couple / family
SEAWEED SESSION WITH FRIENDS
An evening out with a group of friends, kicking off with a short talk on the wonders of seaweed, followed by a light supper made of delectable dishes with seaweed. BYOB and make this a night of novelty and nourishment
2 hours: €35 per person. Group rates available.
Marie has also published a pocketbook designed for seaweed foragers, “newby” and experienced. It describes the Top Ten edible seaweeds on the Irish coast in detail, with images and drawings of each one to help identify it correctly, recipes and cookery tips for each and information on health benefits and gardening uses.
You can purchase it online here >>
Try The Sea Gardener Food Products – Seaweed bars in the following flavors: Almond & Orange or Coconut & Lime Bars or her Mushroom & Black Olive Caponata here! You can read more about them here >>
To find out more about The Sea Gardener or to book or inquire about any of her events visit www.theseagardener.ie
Tel: +353(0)86 8124275
Location is event based – Google map is for the Fenor, Waterford Meetup Point:
The Sea Gardener Foraging Events & Workshops
Marie Power aka The Sea Gardener runs a number of seaweed foraging events throughout the year and is found at many of the food festivals nationwide. She also provides individual and customized events such as Seaweed Cookery Workshops, Picnics and Seaweed Sessions With Friends!
- April 12 & 13
Forages & Cookery Demos, Dungarvan Food Festival
- May 1
Talk at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. Wexford Field Naturalists Club
- May 17
Seaweed Forage, Baginbun Beach. WFNC
- May 18
Seaweed Forage, Bealtaine Festival, Kilfarassey, Co. Waterford
- June 15
Cookery Demo with Cycle Forage at The Tannery to celebrate Bike Week
Cookery Demo, The Bay Cafe, Dunmore East Food Festival
- July 27
Beach Picnic & Forage, Kilfarassey
- August 10
Beach Walk & Forage, Rathmoylan & Ballymacaw, Co.Waterford
- Sept 10
Waterford Harvest Festival
Bia Bofinne, Inishbofin Food Festival
Dingle Food Festival
For more details Theseagardener.ie or Follow Marie on Twitter:@TheSeaGardener