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Preview: Spring Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal at Skelton Grange 
Article by: Joseph Sheerin


Embark on a forage for natural foods, get some fresh air and enjoy the freshest flavours around with the Spring Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal.
No strangers to getting mucky, The Conservation Volunteers have reclaimed green spaces in Leeds since 1959. Once such space is Skelton Grange, located just outside Leeds city centre. There, they’ve helped provide jobs, train conservation workers, and provide courses and events, all based around the natural environment. This April, they’re inviting you to get involved too, with their Spring Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal.
Leading this fascinating event is Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds, who was bitten by the foraging bug back when he met Dan Malster, a former countryside ranger for Leeds City Council. Since then, he’s been showing people all over the city how they can find and identify natural foods and create delicious treats from them like Japanese Knotweed Tarts and Wood Pigeon and Cep Mushroom Pie.
Preview: Spring Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal at Skelton Grange The Spring Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal will take place on Skelton Grange’s 10 acre site, which includes ponds, meadows and woodland. Although they have their own garden where they grow food, you’ll venture off the beaten path, so dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. There, you’ll learn about the local edible funghi and plants that can be found and get to enjoy a delicious range of dishes after.
Wondering what’s on the menu? It all depends on what you can forage. But what we can tell you is that your three-course meal is set to be pretty tasty as past events have included dishes like Wild Watercress Gazpacho, Sweet Cicely Sorbet and Wild Spring Green Risotto. Quench your thirst with cordials, herbal tea and alcoholic drinks – all made with natural ingredients and try some preserves too.
If you’re looking for something a little different to do, why not spend a Saturday learning about the nature’s edible treasures? And if you find that wild foods is the way forward, you can look forward to many future events like a Summer edition of the Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal in June.
Spring Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal is at Skelton Grange on Saturday 18th April 2015. Tickets are available.

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