We had loads of fun with the fab foodies from the Sydney Youth Food Movement (YFM) teaching them all about gorgeous saffron milk caps aka pine mushrooms and slippery jack mushrooms. So come and join us and see what all the fuss is about.
2017 Wild Mushroom Forage
Tour is $50 pp with the following inclusions and info…
- 1/2 day wild mushroom forage – learn all about beautiful saffron milk caps and slippery jack mushrooms
- Mushroom picking lesson and basic cooking lesson
- Take home your pick to cook up a feast
- Tours commence bright and early, we meet at 8am at our group meeting point
- Tour concludes at approximately 1 pm
- Minimum of 8 people required
- Kids are definitely welcome. 12 year olds and under are free.
What to bring
- Your car. Plenty of people have asked us why we make you drive yourself. It’s simple! Not all forest roads are suitable for the mini bus. Taking your own car and meeting us at our designated point gives us the freedom to explore other areas of the forest where mushrooms might grow … If you are coming with friends or part of a group please consider car-pooling. It also gives you the opportunity to leave earlier should you wish to.
- If there is torrential rain the tour will be cancelled and you will receive your full money back.
- Small sharp knife to cut the mushrooms from their stems
- Latex or light weight gloves. They keep the hands warm and clean
- Baskets or hessian bags to collect the mushrooms in. Baskets will allow the mushrooms spores to spread. Plastic bags will bruise the mushrooms and make them sweat.
- Sturdy walking shoes, preferably gumboots if possible. We love to pick after loads of rain. No flip-flops or opened toe shoes.
- Hat, warm jacket that can get wet should it rain – yep we have picked in rain before!
- Food and drink… we will be cooking some of the lovely mushrooms for lunch for everyone to enjoy, but please feel free to bring along your own little picnic.
- Picnic blanket or chairs
- Bug repellent – plenty of mozzies about!
- If you have kids they are welcome to bring meat for yabby fishing
- Of note: The ‘lunchbox’ Stove Top Butane Burner has been banned in NSW due to a possible fault. Please click HERE for more information.
A few important words from us
Wild mushroom foraging has been done by the Europeans for many centuries and it can be completely safe – if you follow the rules. If in doubt go without. Do not pick something just because you think you know what it is.
On our tour you will only pick two mushrooms. We discourage picking anything else, even if it looks pretty. Mushrooms can easily become contaminated by other non edible mushrooms. Picking the wrong mushroom can make you extremely sick.
If you do venture out on the weekend ensure that you do go out with someone who knows their craft.
We look forward to seeing you in 2017.
Video courtsey Peter Dawson & Digitalstorytellers