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Gift Vouchers for Edible Leeds walks are available and can be purchased all year round. They are ideal as gifts for friends, family & special occasions.

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher please email: edible.leeds@gmail.com or contact Craig on 07899752447.

Vouchers can used as full or part payment dependent on cost of specific walk.

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Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum).

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Midweek Wild Booze n Brews Walk. Leeds. Wednesday 25th July. 6.30pm - 9pm

A short, midweek booze & drinks themed forage in Leeds.

We will explore a range of useful, interesting and of course, edible & drinkable, in-season wild ingredients such as; flowers, seeds, roots, herbs, fruits, leaves, berries & barks

Learn how to safely identify and use these exciting ingredients to enhance your drinks and your experiences of them.

If you like drinks and are interested in how wild and foraged ingredients will add new creative dimensions to your cocktail cabinet, home brew wines and ales, cordials, syrups & shrubs this course might just be right up your street & for some, quite literally so 😊...

Adults only. £20. To book email: edible.leeds@gmail.com

Location and other info will be emailed out to participants on confirmation of booking and on the weekend prior to the event.

Happy foraging until then.