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Fungi Forage & Feasting Forest Row-ish

identify, enjoy pre-made tasters, feast

Mentored by Fergus DrennanMentor summary: Fergus the Forager
Location address: Forest Row, RH18 5JP
Chosen age group:

For ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £140
Next date: Sunday 22nd Oct,


Suitable for those with both beginner or intermediate level fungi knowledge. Also includes more advanced cooking/preservation methods. Beginning at 10 am and concluding around 4 pm, we will be foraging in different fungal habitats, for example, woodlands of various kinds as well as grassland (exact locations will depend on the quality/quantity of available fungi I spot when doing a recce the day before). Drawing on my 30-year experience of identifying and gathering fungi, the aim is to provide a general introduction to seasonally available fungi, how to harvest them sustainably and how to utilize them as food and medicine, as well as how to recognise and avoid poisonous species. I will also introduce, with hands-on examples in some cases, how to use fungi for other purposes such as painting, dyeing, ink making, paper making. You will taste a number of different mushroom prouducts during the day, for example, canied fungi, pickled fungi, lacto-fermented fungi, liquid mushroom seasoning...

Fergus Drennan·Fergus the Forager
Foraging is a life-long learning process, and Fergus has been at it for 30 years, stuying an gathering fungi since 1990. Not only does he have great depths of knowledge in all the key aspects of identification, processing, use and best sustainable practice, but he combines it with a fun and engaging manner that brings the craft to life and makes it accessible to all. He has been described by his foraging instructor peers as "the Starship Enterprise of foraging". Forager Mark Williams enthused: "We need gastronauts like Star Fleet Commander Drennan to chart new worlds..." His favourite was when he was described as "Heston Blumenthal, Rene Redzepi, and Pascal Bauder, rolled into one.” He is inspired to offer this string of courses because delving into the wonderful world of fungi was his entry to the larger world of wild foods and medicines more generally.

Learning aims

To be able to appreciate the wealth of wild fungi that abound all around us in suitable habitats.

Strengths to develop

Foraging really helps us tap into a range of natural or ancestral movements that often go unrealized in day to day life. Squatting down or reaching up to observe or gather fungi, ducking under branches, negotiating uneven ground, all offer body strengthening opportunities that arise naturally in the course of foraging.

What's provided





Basic DBS

Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance

First Aid Training

First Aid Kit

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we'll be

Colemans Hatch Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JP

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £140

Pricing information


My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.

If you cancel: Cancel up to 2 weeks before the course date and receive a full refund. If I cancel: A full refund given. If course needs to be cancelled ue to Government law changes regarding Covid 19, a full refund will be provided.


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