The Iconic Red Mushroom With The White Spots and Friends

The Iconic Red Mushroom With The White Spots and Friends

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£185

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Greenan Maze

Ballinanty

Greenan

Ireland

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An in depth exploration of the iconic red mushroom with the white spots in food, medicine, and spiritual practice.

About this event

There is a fantastic array of wild food and fungi in Co Wicklow. We will enjoy a long ramble in a beautiful woodland in the Wicklow Mountains. Here, interspersed with wild local seasonal food to eat and drink, we will forage for wild fungi, including The Red Mushroom With The White Spots (that cannot be named here). We will learn about the allure of this iconic mushroom and how to safely use it as medicine and as food. There will be demonstrations including lacto-fermentation of mushrooms, and tincture making. We will also learn about (and cook) many of the other wild fungi that we encounter.

The course is very hands on, creative and playful, yet with also there is time to relax, enjoy and just connect with the plants, fungi, the land, and each other.

We will provide lunch and a delicious three-course wild food dinner with some very exciting ingredients and creative madness.

You must dress appropriately for a day spent outdoors, hiking boots and rain gear could be helpful. Sorry for this event no young children or dogs. You must be physically fit for a day spent wandering the wilderness with hills and uneven ground. Please bring snacks and or food to share if you would like. And a foraging basket or knife (if you have one).

The course is run collaboratively with fellow forager and lover of the Red Mushroom With The White Spots (that can't be named in this place), Courtney Tylor of Hips And Haws Wild Craft. As such we draw on a wealth of experience. You will be in safe hands. To be clear though, this really is about the incredible ways the mushroom can be used for food and medicine. We discuss how it has been, and can be used for other purposes, but although much fun will be had here, that does not include taking anything in mind altering form.

The course is now in its third year. Here are some reviews from last year:

Here are some reviews after last years event:

“Wow, wow, wow!!! I was fortunate enough to have the privilege to attend a [Red Mushroom With The White Spots] event hosted by Courtney and Fergus the Forager. From the moment I arrived I felt an instant inspiration and warm welcome. We foraged in the near by woods in fun filled explorations, while learning and connecting with the many species of fungi available. The preparation and dishes we were treated to after our journey in the woods was a unique blend of heart warming tastes and enjoyable community spirit set outdoors. For a revitalising experience amongst a vibrant loving group a [this] is the place to be.”

-Riain O’Táth

“I was lucky enough to join the [Red Mushroom With The White Spots] forage day yesterday.

It exceeded all expectations I ever had. Right from the beginning the communication before the event was so helpful and made the whole day run smoothly as it ran like clockwork. I arrived and was warmly greeted and welcomed to the space along with the group. We spent the day covering so much foraging information but it felt so relaxed fun and full of adventure. I’ve attended a good few similar themed foraging events in Ireland at this point and this was possibly my favourite due to the amount of work and effort Courtney and Fergus put into the packed schedule. It was more than just an ID and forage day… it was so much more!

We not only learned about identification/ foraging but then info how to cook/preserve in many different kinds of ways like: lacto-fermentation, sweet dishes, ice cream, rice balls, savoury dishes, dumplings, pasta sauce, soup and more.

After learning all that we had a big feast in all the mushroom themed foods.

I cannot wait for the next course it was truly out of this world! Thank you for the most incredible day.

-Ashleigh Connors

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