Boyne Valley Food Series Foraging Walk & Picnic

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Saturday 15th August 2015

10am - 1pm


Join us on a foraging foray at Girley Bog Natural Heritage Area and learn about edible plants & flowers. Discover what plant families are safe to eat and which to avoid, and get recipes and resources for further foraging. Includes a tasty picnic with samples of foraged foods. See menu below (May change depending on seasonal availability).

Foraged foods picnic menu

Dillisk oatcakes

Wild Rocket, Watercress & Basil pesto

Girley Bog Elderflower cordial with Wild Raspberry & Meadowsweet syrup

Wild Bilberry & Banana Muffins

Wild Bilberry Jam

Rhubarb Jam

Chicory & acorn coffee

All picnic items are home-made, using local ingredients and products where possible, including locally foraged elderflowers, meadowsweet, bilberries and raspberries, home-grown courgettes &rhubarb.


“Myself and my husband went on the Girley bog foraging walk. It was a lovely day and we were guided along the way by Kate who provided us with great information and showed us all types of flowers and wildlife on the bog and educated us on what to gather while foraging and what to steer clear of. We came across bilberries in a wooded area which were delicious. To finish up a lovely walk the group gathered in the carpark for a lovely picnic all made from foraged foods - lovely oatcakes, jams, chutneys cakes and elderflower cordial a perfect finish to a perfect day. Thanks again Kate and well done!”

Carol & Derek Colman, Dublin

Meet at Girley Bog Looped Walk car park on N52

From Dublin, follow the signs for Cavan/Navan which lead to the M3 motorway. From Blanchardstown, it is 40 minutes to Kells. Take the exit for the N52 towards Mullingar. There is a small brown sign that says "Looped Walk Trailhead" on the left approximately four miles out this road. This leads to the trailhead car park. Please note: This entrance is on the N52, and cannot be accessed from the Girley parish entrance off the R164.

to forage: verb

(of a person or animal) to search widely for food or provisions

From old French fourrager (verb) from feurre 'straw' or fodder

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