Wild food workshops identify edible plants in Mahurangi

Peter Langlands is a leading expert on free, foraged food.

One of New Zealand’s best known foragers is coming to Mahurangi for a series of wild food workshops organised by Zero Waste Matakana Coast.

Peter Langlands is based in Christchurch but spends much of his time touring the country gathering wild edibles for chefs and teaching people the secrets of successful foraging.

Next month, he will run five foraging workshops and dinners to show people how to find, store and prepare edible plants that can be found locally. There will be foraging tours along the coast and in local bushland, two dinners and a talk in central Warkworth.

On Sunday, March 14 there will be two events – a four-hour foraging tour, from 10am to 2pm, then at 4pm, a two-hour tour followed by a three-course dinner showcasing foraged foods at the Sawmill Brewery’s Smoko Room.

On Monday, March 15, there is a presentation at the Old Masonic Hall in Warkworth, from 9.30am to 11am, then a three-hour workshop on location between 1pm and 4pm. The final event, a dinner with chef Cory Campbell that evening, is sold out.

Workshop attendees will be taught the basic skills to identify 25 key edible species in the area and foraging guides will be provided. Prices range from $40 to $150 per person.

Info and bookings: www.wildmatakana.co.nz/marketshop

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