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Know your Hogweed from your Hemlock? How to make wild wine or sourdough? Join Mat for a leisurely walk exploring hedgerow and seashore plants.
NOW SOLD WITH 24 MONTH VALIDITY
*** Due to Covid-19 we have extended all vouchers bought from 1 August 2020 to a 24 month validity, this will ensure you have at least a full Spring-Autumn season to use your voucher in case of any future interruptions to running courses. ***
We meet for coffee or tea then spend the day exploring the nearby hedgerow, fields and coast, finding a variety of wild plants, herbs and seaweed. There'll be a snack break for a pastry (provided) and we have a late lunch, where Mat will host a simple three course lunch.
The cafe will use foraged ingredients in your lunch, these will change with the seasons but examples include;
Wild Garlic pesto
Hogweed and Citrus brownies
Elderflower and berry mess
Mat has over 30 years experience teaching survival skills and food foraging, combined with over 10 years as a professional chef, 3 published cookbooks and a Science degree, you can expect a breadth of knowledge few others possess. Only Mat takes the courses in person.
Mat will talk about how we can use this wonderful bounty in cooking, brewing wine, making a sourdough yeast starter and bread, fruit gins and liqueurs. His Mure blackberry liqueur recently won a Great Taste award and you will be given some to try with your lunch.
Courses run March to September
Discounted from list price of £145 to £69.95 for NotontheHighStreet sales.
The countryside act says that foraging the 4 F’s from common land is acceptable so long as it is for personal consumption only. The 4 F’s are fruit, foliage, flora and fungus, during a course we only look and try wild plants for your education, and fun, we do not allow collection of plants to take home. We will not generally teach fungi apart from general information as we do not consider a day's course enough time to learn the complexities of this fascinating subject safely.
LOCATION: Near Dorchester, Dorset
DURATION: 10am start, 4pm finish (approx). This course runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays March-July and September. Please check availability if a particular date is required as we cannot guarantee there will be spaces.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
It is a relaxed day and Mat will adjust to the group's interests on the day to make it as personal to everyone as he can. Please wear sturdy shoes or wellies. Each excursion is dependent on what's in season, what wild foods are available and, of course, the weather.
We talk about making wines and flavoured spirits (ie Sloe Gin) on the course and a taste of our own award winning Mûre blackberry liqueur will be offered over lunch.
A car is required for transport between locations, in 2020 due to Covid-19 we cannot allow car pooling, sorry.
Please note, for safety reasons we do not accept children under 12 on this course.
Book by emailing, available dates are on matfollas.com.
Lunch is prepared by the team at the cafe, we are happy to cater for most dietary needs and intolerances, please let us know when booking.
VOUCHER DELIVERY: An e-voucher will be delivered to your registered e-mail address once your order has been accepted by the seller (normally 12-24 hours after purchase). If you choose an optional voucher pack, this will be sent by post to your chosen delivery address; see the top of this page for estimated delivery dates. Your pack will contain a printed gift envelope, wallet and a printed voucher.
The voucher gift pack measures approximately 18 x13 cm
HOW TO BOOK
Contact information for booking a place on this experience will be provided on your voucher.
GET IN TOUCH
To ask a question or find out more about this experience, get in touch with the seller directly via the ‘ask seller a question’ button above.
Voucher holders must book and redeem their place on the experience within 12 months of the order date. Due to having to move courses due to Covid-19 we are extending any voucher bought after March 2019 and before August 2020 to an 18 month validity from the order date.