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Howe of Torbeg

Wild Food Stories: Late Summer Introduction to Foraging Weekend

Join us at Howe of Torbeg for a relaxing 2 night residential weekend of wild food, walks and wellbeing with Aberdeenshire based foraging expert Wild Food Stories.

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Wild Food Stories: Late Summer Introduction to Foraging Weekend
Wild Food Stories: Late Summer Introduction to Foraging Weekend

Time & Location

30 Aug 2019, 15:00 – 01 Sept 2019, 10:30

Howe of Torbeg, Glen Gairn, Torbeg, Ballater AB35 5XL, UK

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About the event

Wild Food Stories: Late Summer Introduction to Foraging Weekend @ Howe of Torbeg

Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September

Learn the fundamentals of foraging and how to make the most of nature’s larder in a sustainable way with Leanne Townsend of Wild Food Stories. Spend time in gorgeous Glen Gairn, tucked away in the Eastern corner of the Cairngorms National Park, and the picturesque Royal Deeside village of Ballater, only 5 miles from Howe of Torbeg. Connect with the landscape, enjoy some delicious wild food & a weekend of immersion in all things foraging, sleeping in one of our unique and cosy Glamping accommodation options.

What's Included: 2 foraging workshops (an ID Skills workshop & guided wild plants walk at Howe of Torbeg itself, plus a longer Late Summer Plants & Fungi foraging walk in the local area); yummy wild food tasters on Friday evening; wild food cake & coffee, a wild food light lunch & a catered dinner at Howe of Torbeg on Saturday; an optional short guided walk around Glen Gairn itself; & 2 night's accommodation in one of our gorgeous wooden Glamping Pods, or our off-grid Shepherd’s Hut. 

The weekend is for a maximum of 8-10 people.

Schedule for the weekend:

FRIDAY

Arrive from 3pm on Friday to check in to your accommodation & get settled in.

5pm Introduction to Foraging: ID skills, Sustainable Harvesting, and Preservation Methods

Gather in the Snug for an interactive talk with Leanne from Wild Food Stories. Leanne will introduce the group to the wealth of healthy and delicious foods available in the surrounding countryside. We will learn how to safely identify and harvest a variety of wild foods, discuss sustainable harvesting practices, and food preparation and preservation methods. This talk will include a short walk around the grounds of Howe of Torbeg for some hands-on foraging education.

7pm Optional group dinner in the nearby village of Ballater (5 minutes/8 miles by car), venue tbc, (additional charge of £10-15 per person). Participants can also choose to organise their own dinner at Howe of Torbeg or in the village, or just chill out for the evening instead!

SATURDAY

Time to have a lie in or relax and enjoy Howe of Torbeg and Glen Gairn on Saturday morning before gathering at 10:30am for coffee & cake.

11:30am Foraging walk: late summer plants and fungi 

After fuelling up with coffee & cake we will embark on a 2-hour guided foraging walk around the local area to hunt for a variety of wild foods including greens, fruits and fungi, guided throughout by Leanne of Wild Food Stories.

1:30/2pm Return to Howe of Torbeg for a late lunch consisting of foraged foods, including those that we have foraged on our walk alongside a delicious wild soup and a selection of yummy tasters prepared by Wild Food Stories.

Time to chill or explore the local area in the afternoon, or join us at 4pm for an optional walk around Glen Gairn. Learn a little of the local history of the area with Howe of Torbeg’s owner Nicole Gildea….as well as putting your new found foraging knowledge to the use and keeping your eyes peeled for edibles of course!

Gather together again at 7:30pm for a delicious catered dinner at Howe of Torbeg, outdoors if weather permits, indoors if not! 

SUNDAY

Check out & goodbyes 10:30am.

Wild Food Stories is run by Leanne Townsend in Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland. She runs foraging  and wild food courses, contributes to local food festivals and events,  and makes produce from sustainably harvested wild ingredients. Leanne is a member of the Association of Foragers, a trustee of her local woodland, and is passionate about the role of foraging in reconnecting people with nature and creating custodians of our natural habitats. 

Howe of Torbeg is a small family run Glamping site in the heart of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park, with 4 wooden Pods & a Shepherd's Hut all with fantastic views of Glen Gairn and the River Gairn. Guests can access great walks and beautiful Scottish countryside straight from their Pod, whilst being only 5 miles from the picturesque village of Ballater with its shops, cafes & restaurants.

For further information about any of the above weekend package options, please email howeoftorbeg@gmail.com or give us a call on 013397 56262. There are limited spaces so do book early to secure your place.

Requirements for the weekend: Please make sure to bring appropriate outdoor clothing & waterproof footwear (we may go off track now and then). A reasonable level of fitness is required as we will be doing a fair amount of walking (albeit at a slow pace!) over the course of the weekend. 

If you have one, come equipped with a basket for collecting your foraged goods, or a cloth bag (we can provide an alternative if not). Consider bringing sunscreen and insect repellent. Also useful - a notepad and pen; a camera.

Tickets

  • Single Occupancy Glamping Pod

    Double futon bed in one of our Standard Cosy Pods. Pods have electricity & heating, all bedding + towels provided. Please note shared bathrooms are located in our on-site Wash House, our fully heated, spacious & modern shower block.

    £275.00
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  • Shepherd Hut Single Occupancy

    Our biggest accommodation, completely off-grid, with solar powered lighting and & a wood burning stove in situ. Built in Double bed. Bedding + towels included. Fire bowl & picnic bench outside. A little bit of solo luxury!

    £300.00
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