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Foraging Fortnight returns to Fife for 2020 after strength of first festival

Thu 12 Dec 19

Following the success of 2019’s event, dates have been announced for the next Foraging Fortnight in Fife, with organisers planning a new and expanded programme for 2020.

The LEADER-funded festival aims to encourage people of all ages to become more aware of the benefits of wild plants around us. This year’s programme will include guided foraging outings, talks, workshops and cookery demonstrations. Events will take place in five regions across Scotland: Moray, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley & Lomond, Fife and Orkney.

Foraging Fortnight took place for the first time from 31st August to 15th September 2019 with 34 events taking place across Fife and 185 people taking part.  Events ranged from the opportunity to discover the seashore and plants revealed at low tide near Leven; a wild mushroom menu at Ostler’s Close in Cupar; and family folklore and legends of the natural world at Lochore Meadows. Other events focused on the inclusive nature of foraging with wheelchair foraging walks at Devilla Woods in west Fife and events for younger children at Cambo.  Foraging Fortnight even attracted a visit from Eva Gunnare, a renowned food and culture connoisseur, who travelled from Jokkmokk in Swedish Lapland for the festival to talk at Ovenstone near Anstruther about living off the land.

Foraging Fortnight 2020 is likely to include an even greater programme with the return of some popular events. These will include wild inspired cookery workshops with Wendy Barrie at her food studio near Aberdour and a selection of activities designed to encourage people to get out and explore the natural world. Others confirmed in the 2020 line up include those taking place at Cambo Estate in the East Neuk of Fife: from a Beltane Fire Party complete with campfire, children’s crafts, music, and speciality food offerings and demonstrations using foraged foods; to foraging walks lead by the head horticulturist; and a full-day Wellbeing Retreat that allows participants to experience the wonder of wild foods and medicinal herbs whilst taking their own inner journey. 

Fiona Scott, Policy Officer at Fife LEADER said:

“I’m delighted with the success of our first Foraging Fortnight and quality and variety of events on offer.  These were events that appealed not only to local communities in the area but drew in visitors from further afield. Of course this is also a wonderful way of showcasing the diverse and beautiful rural landscape of our region but it also shows how foraging is accessible to people from all walks of life.  I look forward to revealing the line up for 2020’s Foraging Fortnight in the spring and am sure it will capture the imagination of people locally and beyond.”

 

The programme for Foraging Fortnight will be released in March 2020.

 

Those looking to run an event as part of Foraging Fortnight 2020 should contact Event Manager Wendy Barrie on [email protected].

Foraging Fortnight events will encourage adherence to Scotland’s Outdoor Access Code and organisers have put together foraging guidelines to ensure that those taking part are doing so in a safe and responsible way.


Foraging Fortnight takes place across the Scottish mainland regions in the spring including Moray, from 2-17 May. The Orkney events will run 29th August – 13th September in collaboration with Orkney International Science Festival, providing with it a rich mix of talks, outings and activities.


The full programme across the five regions will be announced in early March, with fuller information on www.foragingfortnight.co.uk.

 

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