It’s Wednesday evening, just three days since our 2015 Wild Food Summer School ended. We had three days of foraging, talks, film, demonstrations, wild food cooked by extraordinary chefs and the brilliant and one and only Miles Irving who was with us for the weekend, sharing his passion and love of foraging and how we should all Go Wild!. He is he author of The Forager Handbook, a seminal book on the edible wild plants of Britain. It was heady!.
Thanks to everyone who came and shared in the magic of Duncan Stewart, Sally and John McKenna, Dr Liam Lysaght, Melissa Griffith and the wonderful Jacquie Burgess a truly great herbalist. We also had a great film – Dirt the Movie to celebrate the UN International Year of Soil. We had the Community Recycling Network with us and the local Borris Farmes Market. Children too, were catered for with a Wild Childrens Workshop with pond dipping, Bug Hotels, Leaf patterns and more. To Aine McAteer ,Chef extraordinaire who cooked up a Wild and Wonderful brunch, cooked with Miles Irving and devised an ingenious menu of wild food to pair with O Hara’s Craft Beers. A big thank you to Seamus O ‘Hara who supported our event and gave us some terrific beers and to Head Brewer Conor for a great talk on Craft Beer and Wild Food pairings.
Catherine Fulvio closed our School with a dazzling demonstration of Wild Food and she wowed us all with her charm and knowledge. From Sligo came Iona Hernal run by Marina Kessopersadh and Ross Hennesssy who gave an impassioned session on Growing Medicinal Herbs as a sustainable crop for the future.Trevor Sargent now living in Wexford, gave a workshop on soil and growing Your Own.
Our guests who came to us and booked for the three days. A big thank you from Robert, Dorothy Ellen and I. Every event needs people who book in and come to us. We could not have run it without you .Please send us your feedback. We would love to hear from you.
Enjoy the photos ( taken by Cathy Fitzgerald) of the event. Thanks to Sean MacDonnell for all the technical support.
Here’s to the 2016 event!