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Scottish wild food festival returns to Loch Lomond National Park

Following the success of 2019’s event, The Scottish Wild Food Festival will return to the Cardross Estate in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Stirlingshire in May.

Published: February 3, 2020
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Taking place on the 9 May, the one-day wild food festival will see visitors taking part in foraging walks and woodland trails; wilderness craft workshops and wild food demonstrations; as well as learning about medicinal plants and the benefits of wild teas.

There will be an extensive range of free and paid-for events and activities throughout the day, suitable for people of all ages.

As well as this there will also be the chance to learn outdoor skills like fire lighting and wild cookery. And the popular long table lunch will be returning, delighting diners at a one of a kind culinary banquet that focuses on wild ingredients.

Central to the festival is a group of 12 local people who have been brought together on a programme aimed to improve and encourage foraging skills in the area.

Participants include head chef of Monachyle Mhor, Marysia Paszkowska; Lauren Lochrie of Herbal Homestead, who specialises in natural wellness; Trossachs Wild Apothecary, Rokhsaneh Madeira who has an interest in medicinal plants; and Charlotte Flowers of Charlotte Flower Chocolates who will be showcasing her award-winning handmade chocolate, which is renowned for seasonal foraged flavours.

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The programme is designed to leave a legacy of skills that will be showcased at the festival and beyond.

With information stalls including Scottish Natural Heritage and the Association of Foragers, visitors have a perfect opportunity to learn about responsible foraging and the many wonderful uses for wild plants found on our doorstep.

Festival-goers will also enjoy a range of wild-inspired street food as well as a wild food mini market serving everything from sourdough breads and baking with a foraged twist, to wild flavoured chocolates and elderberry liqueurs.

The Cardross Estate stretches over 4,500 acres of parkland, wood and farmland, and has a rich variety of foraging habitats with plenty of hideaways to host intimate workshops.

How much are tickets?

Tickets are priced at £10 per adult with free entry for children under 16 allowing access to the festival and its many free events, demonstrations, marketplace and information stands.

Some events and workshops within the festival are individually priced available to book on the website.

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The Scottish Wild Food Festival is one of the key events of Foraging Fortnight, a LEADER funded project that draws together events across Forth Valley and Loch Lomond, Fife, Lanarkshire, Orkney and Moray. Foraging Fortnight runs from 2nd to 17th May 2020 in mainland areas and 29th August – 13th September in Orkney.

The full line up for The Scottish Wild Food Festival will be announced on the Foraging Fortnight website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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