Join us on this extra special summer picnic, hosted by Estate forager George Linklater. This 4 hour adventure explores an enchanting area of forest and its surrounding countryside.
Discover the rich tapestry of wild food as George guides you through diverse habitats, sharing insights into the fascinating world of mushrooms. Experience this world through a forager’s eyes, learning mushroom seasons, how and where to find them as well as responsible mushroom foraging practices.
After working up an appetite, George will lead guests to a serene wild spot where you will gather to enjoy a picnic experience that showcases the best wild foods and mushrooms the season has to offer. This immersive experience showcases the accessibility of foraging to everyone, how to cook different mushrooms to wonderful flavours and textures that the world of wild fungi contains.
Please note, cooked food will be prepared using a small gas stove to minimize environmental impact. Seating will be provided using natural surroundings for a harmonious blend of nature and sustenance.
Join us for this enchanting Forest Feast Foraging Walk, winding through undulating terrain for approximately 3 hours. Please wear suitable footwear for a comfortable and enjoyable foraging experience. Please note that the location for this walk is to be confirmed and will be communicated to guests closer to the date of the event.
Let’s celebrate the forest and feast on its bounty together!
Click here to find out more about Foraging at Cowdray. George will vary walk locations around the Estate to give you the best walk which encapsulates the season. Please see the reminder email sent out before the event to get the exact start location to your walk.
Meet George, Cowdray’s Forager:
George has been foraging and using wild foods for some years, supplying the freshest foraged wild edibles to some of the country’s top restaurants, chefs and food establishments.
After years of being immersed in the ‘wild’ himself, George now focuses on encouraging others to appreciate the significance of our native countryside, and how we can enjoy and protect it for future generations.
Over his years of foraging George has accrued an in-depth knowledge of our countryside, its diverse habitats and the variety of plants and fungi each contains. He has covered the length and breadth of the country from the Scottish Highlands to the moors and coasts of Cornwall, in search of new native edibles as well as sustainable sources to pick them. Working closely with chefs consulting on what, when and how to use each ingredient to best showcase them has led George to be featured on programmes like BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, following the journey from the forests and fields to fork. George now hopes to inspire you on your own adventure of discovery.