Gin Safari

gin and tonic with foraged ingredients

Forage for botanicals to make your own gin.

When you make your own gin you can capture memories – the plants & herbs that are the smells of blissful afternoons with friends and loved ones. Making your own gin means you can literally be drunk on nostalgia. In this class you’ll be balancing the flavours of your life, and making your very own foraged gin.

During this workshop, we will familiarize ourselves with the plants used in gin. Andy will also introduce you to the flavours used in gin before we crack on and make your own gin right there on the spot using the botanicals that we have foraged. This makes this course pretty unique!

A bit more about Andy Hamilton and the workshop:

“For more than half my life (and I’m not too young) I have been honing new ways to share my joint lifelong obsessions of plants and booze. My aim has always been to entertain as much as inform and I allow the group or audience to dictate what they get from me and thus create an event perfect for that moment in time every time.

I have appeared on international TV talking about these passions and have written three books – Booze for Free, Brewing Britain and The Selfsufficientish Bible. I also consult with the industry and I work extensively with the Botanist gin, hosting events for bartenders, chefs, foragers and industry professionals from around the globe. You may have also heard me on Radio 4’s Food Programme.”

WIld Cocktails & Cheese Matching

foraged ingredients on a board

A simple event matching four cocktails made from ingredients picked from around the local area with cheeses from the South West.

Calling All cheese & cocktail lovers! Spend a relaxed and fun time in the company of an experienced drinks-maker who has worked with everyone who is anyone in the drinks industry from Jinny Goolden to the Milk Thistle, Remy Cointreau and The Botanist to Shoreditch’s finest bars like White Lyan and Nightjar to name just the ones that spring to mind!

Starting off with a fun introduction to tasting, Andy will deliver lots of helpful tips on how to transform your garden into a cocktail lovers paradise and did I mention there will be cheese too!

You’ll taste each cocktail ‘blind’ to remove any pre-conceptions and focus on flavour before re-tasting it with a carefully-chosen artisan cheese.

An unusual way to learn about the world of pairing in a fun, hands-on way!

Andy will be on hand to answer any cocktail, homebrew or foraging questions you might have.

Wild Cocktails and Cake

Man holding up a bottle, with cup cakes superimposed over the top

A simple event matching four cocktails made from ingredients picked from around the local area with small cakes from the deli kitchen.

Who doesn’t like cake and cocktails?

Spend a relaxed and fun time in the company of an experienced drinks-maker who has worked with everyone who is anyone in the drinks industry from Jinny Goolden to the Milk Thistle, Remy Cointreau and The Botanist to Shoreditch’s finest bars like White Lyan and Nightjar to name just the ones that spring to mind!

Starting off with a fun introduction to tasting, Andy will deliver lots of helpful tips on how to transform your garden into a cocktail lovers paradise and did I mention there will be cake too!

You’ll taste each cocktail ‘blind’ to remove any preconceptions, and focus on flavour before re-tasting it with a carefully chosen hand baked cake.

An unusual way to learn about the world of paring in a fun, hands-on way!

Andy will be on hand to answer any cocktail, homebrew or foraging questions you might have.

Gin Safari

Forage for botanicals to create your own gin

When you make your own gin you can capture memories – the plants & herbs that are the smells of blissful afternoons with friends and loved ones. Making your own gin means you can literally be drunk on nostalgia. With this class you’ll be balancing the flavours of your life, and making your very own foraged gin.

During this workshop, we will familiarize ourselves with the plants used in gin. Andy will also introduce you to the flavours used in gin so you’ll have an idea of how yours work before we crack on and make your own gin right there on the spot using the botanicals that we will have foraged. This makes this course pretty unique!

A bit more about Andy Hamilton and the workshop:

“For more than half my life (and I’m not too young) I have been honing new ways to share my joint lifelong obsessions of plants and booze. My aim has always been to entertain as much as inform and I allow the group or audience to dictate what they get from me and thus create an event perfect for that moment in time every time.

I have appeared on international TV talking about these passions and have written three books – Booze for Free, Brewing Britain and The Selfsufficientish Bible. I also consult with the industry and I work extensively with the Botanist gin, hosting events for bartenders, chefs, foragers and industry professionals from around the globe. You may have also heard me on Radio 4’s Food Programme.”

So what is a Gin Safari, what will we be doing?

We will find a green space and have a short foraging walk where we will pick the botanicals needed to make gin. Then we’ll then return to the venue and drink a wild cocktail whilst I talk you through the process. We will have a tasting and it will be your turn to make some gin. I’ll also show you how you can make your own at home without any expensive equipment.

 

 

Be Nice To Nettles Week

clump of nettles behind a mud kitchen, with the words 'be nice to nettles week' over the top

Celebrating the diverse range of benefits and positive impacts nettles can have on everyday life.

Sadly, the most recent online presence that we can find for Be Nice to Nettles week, is this website from 2014. But we think this celebration is one worth continuing!

The website has links to nettle natural history and usage, activities, games and more. We’d love to hear about your nettle actives – let us know via @MuddyFaces

More about nettles, from The Wildlife Trusts, here.

UK Fungus Day

UK Fungus Day Banner

‘Bringing academics, educators, enthusiasts and families together.

A celebration of fungi and fungal science. with nationwide events which give visitors to venues across the UK the chance to explore the amazing world of fungi.

Events may include a chance to go on a fungus walk with expert field mycologists; grow your own mushrooms; speak to scientists about their research; explore why fungi are both friends and foes and why it is so important for us to study this fascinating kingdom of organisms.’

Lots of great info for families, schools and foragers on the website.

Fire & Food

– Forage and learn to use tinder found in springtime.

– Learn to light fires in the wet and different fire lays for inclement weather and different purposes (cooking / bad weather / safe fires to avoid forest fires in dry weather).

– Learn to light fire using friction techniques (bow drill, neolithic flint and steel, WW2 techniques, flint and steel).

– Spring recipes for wilderness cooking that can be done in a typical 2 hour outdoor learning session or for a campfire meal.

– Cook using a dutch oven; Polish Kotlich and Swedish skillet.

– Create wild teas and make dandelion coffee over the campfire.

– All participants will receive an ebook and a CPD Certificate.