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Go foraging for a feast of forest food

Visitors to this year’s Edible Forest Festival in Charnwood Forest will get an exciting opportunity to learn aspects of living off the land by foraging for ingredients for a special forest-themed meal.

Local bushcraft trainer and forager, Dave Watson will be hosting two events during Edible Forest, aimed at teaching people how to gather various wild edible plants, fungi and fruits to make some simple, tasty dishes.

As part of the Family Forest Food Adventure on Saturday 16 September, Dave will be leading two foraging walks in the woods, starting at 11am and 2pm. The walks will build people’s confidence to start using some of the wild edibles discovered along the way

From 10.30am to 12pm on Sunday 17 September, Dave will guide you around the ancient grounds of Abbots Oak showing the many plants, trees and fungi that can be eaten. Later on, you will gather with him around the fire to cook up some trout along with some of the natural ingredients found during the day.

Dave Watson commented: “I’ve devoted my life to developing bushcraft skills and using this experience to train others so I’m delighted to be able to bring my foraging skills to the Edible Forest event this year. Adults and children alike can benefit from these skills and we’ll hopefully find enough natural items to cook up a great woodland-themed meal for all to enjoy.”

The popular Edible Forest Festival will return to Charnwood Forest from 15-17 September 2017 to celebrate the area’s local food and drink offering.

Events taking place during Edible Forest include the Burleigh's Gin & Jazz & Edible Forest Garden Party at Abbots Oak and the return of the popular Tea in the Tower – a traditional, delicious tea, full of the finest local produce and served in the unique setting of the Old John Tower in the heart of Bradgate Park. There will also be the Secret Gourmet with award-winning local chefs, a Celebration of Venison banquet, Cocktails and Canapes, Forest Funk, and a unique family forest food adventure where children can make their own bread, jam and pizza in the heart of the ancient forest.

For more details on the Edible Forest Festival and to book tickets for the various events, visit www.edibleforest.co.uk

The Edible Forest is developed and promoted by Leicestershire Promotions, with support from Charnwood Borough Council, The National Forest and Everards.