Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Prairie Ridge for a hands-on “Eat the Invasives” workshop on March 30th, 9:30 AM – 12 PM. Remove invasive plants from the grounds of Prairie Ridge and learn to eat, drink, and pickle what you pick!
We’ll be targeting blackberry shoots and leaves in this workshop – that’s right – more than just the berries are edible! After removing the plants, we’ll teach you how to make pickled blackberry shoots and blackberry leaf tea. You can apply this same process to many other kinds of wild and domestic plants!
Enjoy a sampling of many kinds of wild pickles and wild tea. Take home your own jar of pickled blackberry shoots that you help make at the workshop as well as recipes to make your own wild pickles at home.
Pre-registration is required, and closes at midnight, Thursday, March 28.
Join us at Historic Oakwood Cemetery for a Wild History Foraging Walk + Wild Food Tasting. We’ll learn more about edible wild plants that grow even in the winter environment in North Carolina, hear stories about local Raleigh history related to the cemetery’s residents, and then taste dishes made from the same plants we learn about that day! The picnic will include pre-foraged plants of the same kind seen on site. We will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. For the light picnic you can expect wild tea, local bread, wild preserves and pickles, and a wild treat for dessert!
Join us at the Fair Game Beverage Plant in lovely Pittsboro, NC for a very special one-off Easter Brunch with the highly anticipated local seafood restaurant Postal Fish Co. We will be crafting unique wild cocktails with Fair Game Beverage spirits to pair with the meal highlighting spring flavors by Postal Fish Co.
We’ll gather together at the Plant for an afternoon outdoors with cocktails, foraging, fresh local seafood and a celebration of the Spring season. Proceeds from the brunch will benefit Abundance NC’s work promoting local food and sustainability right here in Chatham County.
We will begin at noon with a cocktail hour that includes a short foraging walk and discussion, where you will help gather fresh wild greens and flowers for the salad. The meal begins at 1pm, family style, with Chefs James Clark and Bill Hartley preparing an incredible feast that portends downtown Pittsboro’s first sustainable seafood restaurant opening later in 2017, with desserts prepared by pastry chef Marcey Clark.
Fair Game Beverage and Piedmont Picnic Project will collaborate on three seasonally inspired cocktails featuring the wine and spirits crafted right next door.
This is a limited seating event, so grab your tickets early!
Want to can your own preserves but not sure how to get started? Join us! We’ll guide you through two of the simplest and safest preserves to start with: jelly and pickles.
Saturday, April 8, 10 AM – 12 PM
Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St.)
What to expect:
We’ll tell you tales of the history of canning and of our local area along the way.
You’ll have a chance to customize your own jar of pickles with spring veggies and spices to take home with you.
You’ll get a full overview of the jelly-making process and how to make jelly with spring wildflowers.
You’ll leave with a solid knowledge of the water bath canning method, detailed handouts, and a jar of preserves!
Take a walk on the wild side with us and Triangle Land Conservancy! This beginner level foraging class will cover foraging basics (including rules and etiquette) and provide a solid knowledge of a handful of practical Piedmont plants to enjoy incorporating into your table.
The tour will take place at Walnut Hill in Wake County, closed to the public but abounding with plant diversity and a rich wild history just waiting to be explored. The walk will be followed by a complimentary picnic of foraged and hyper local wild edibles!
Was there a time when the end of fall meant sitting around the fire with your family and friends… chatting, telling stories, or listening to someone play music… sipping a hot drink… while you cracked and picked the nuts you gathered all fall long… looking forward to preparing decadent treats with them for the holiday season? We will recreate that time here in downtown Raleigh! Reserve your ticket here.
The evening around the fire with us includes:
4-5 PM – Crack-Off Nut Cracking Competition – fun, family-friendly competition with proceeds donated to Raleigh City Farm
We’re hosting a Wild History Walk to teach you foraging basics, how to identify a list of specific edible plants, and a slew of local history to go along with our very special locale. We’ll conclude with a light picnic that showcases the plants we’ve seen in the forest that day.
Do you have a favorite dessert that you love to make for your family or friends? How about a dessert you ate growing up that is weird or delicious that you’d love to share? Maybe a dish that generations of your family has made, and you’d love to tell us its story?
Join us for an evening on the farm to celebrate our best family dessert traditions and record them for posterity! Bring your dish, and we’ll take your portrait with the dish and then (if you want!) we’ll record the story behind the dish in our Dishtory Story Booth.
We’ll have vintage inspired cocktails for sale that you can sip while we all sit down to a big dessert potluck with each other on the farm!
Teams pick blackberries along Raleigh greenways and then bring their berry haul to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage! Winners win prizes, and berries get sold to local chefs to raise money for the Raleigh Food Corridor. Celebrate afterwards with the Second Saturday Jamboree!
WHEN: Saturday, July 9. You can pick all morning, but Weigh-In is from 2-4 PM.
WHO: You! And your team of 1-5 people.
WHERE: Pick berries all around town (we’ll provide you with a map of berry hot spots!). Weigh-In and Jamboree at Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St, Raleigh).
The Picking. Teams pick blackberries along Raleigh greenways all morning long (don’t worry, we’ll email you a map of berry hot spots 24 hours before the brigade).
The Weigh-In. Teams then bring their berry haul to Raleigh City Farm to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage! Weigh-in deadline is 4 PM.
The Prizes. The winning team and runners up will receive some fantastic prizes! See full list of sponsors below. Prizes will be awarded starting at 4:15 PM.
Want to feel more connected to a little piece of your Raleigh landscape? Maybe you’ve been curious about foraging wild edibles in the past, but didn’t know how to get started? Or maybe you’re just a history buff, a foodie, or like taking walks through lovely natural settings! We’ve got the perfect Sunday afternoon activity for any or all of these reasons! Reserve your spot today.
Piedmont Picnic Project will host a Wild History Wild Berry Walk + Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 26, 2-4 PM. We’ll learn more about edible wild plants growing along a stretch of Raleigh greenway, hear stories about Raleigh’s local history, and then slurp down some wild berry ice cream together!
Our walk location is on Lake Raleigh – a lovely natural setting full of interesting historical tidbits and wild delights!
+Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the walk to check in. The walk departs at 2 PM.
+Parking is available at the Lake Raleigh Fishing Pier at 2298 Main Campus Drive as well as along Main Campus Drive (see red star on map on left).
+Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walking outdoors [insert weather-specific advice here].
+Your confirmation email serves as your ticket, but no need to bring it along – we’ll have a list of pre-sale ticket holders.
+Walks are rain or shine.
+Any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
+All participants will be asked to sign a Raleigh Parks and Recreation liability waiver for the event.
+By purchasing your ticket, you also agree to the following: “By purchasing my ticket, I release Piedmont Picnic Project and its staff of any responsibility, liability, or claim arising from any injury of any nature incurred during or as a result of a Piedmont Picnic Project activity or event. I also agree to allow Piedmont Picnic Project to use photographs where I am pictured in their promotional materials.”
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