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Romano-Celtic wild food foraging course

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In AD43, when the Romans colonised Britain, they brought many new things with them: literacy, statuary art, soldiers - and also their favourite food. Innumerable amphorae of olive oil, wine, and garum (a fermented fish sauce they slathered on almost everything they ate) were imported to these shores. They also developed a taste for some indigenous British foods such as oysters, which became a luxury import in Rome.

This new course, developed with award-winning author Alice Albinia, and run over two days on the isle of Wight, explores the ancient, precolonial diet of the British isles, and looks at the food habits and products which imperial Romans insisted they couldn’t live without. We begin on the Saturday in St Helen’s churchyard where we will examine the rich plethora of plants that grow in green spaces that are allowed to revert to their natural state. We continue with a wild-plant-based foraging walk to the coast, during which we will collect and eat some of the wealth of wild plants available on the Island, many of which are known from Iron age and Roman-period excavations. During the afternoon, we will forage on the seashore, to concoct a beachside Roman supper that evening eaten with an array of Roman condiments, sauces and desserts. The next day we will walk in a loop from Brading Roman villa, one of the eight-known villas on the Island, up into the chalk headland behind, where local wine growers now cultivate Roman-style vineyards to export Island wine. For lunch we will eat the last meal given to the sacrificial ‘Druid prince’ on the eve of the Roman conquest, before heading back down to the villa again for a farewell Roman sweetmeat.

This course is designed for anyone curious about the history of these islands, about the clash of food cultures that took place two thousand years ago - and about what the indigenous diet of the Britannias would taste like, were all imports suddenly to be stopped from the EU.
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