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Foraging Tour

A solid foundation for future inspired foraging and culinary adventures

Join our expert forager in discovering the wide variety of edible foods in the pacific northwest.

Summer is a delicious time of year in the pacific northwest; depending on the season there can be mushrooms to be discovered or wild berry groves to explore. Many wild berries fruit grow abundantly in our region through the summer months.

Depending on the time in season of your booking you might find ripe huckleberries in season, taste alpine blueberries, sample trailing ground blackberries at the peak of their summer perfume or get a whiff of the famous apricot aroma of the summer chanterelle. 

  • Learn to confidently identify and safely harvest the wild foods of summer; from berries to edible greens and early mushrooms.  
  • A hands on, experiential learning opportunity for both young and old. From tree and forest typology to wild plant identification, recommended harvesting practices and general foraging/outdoor safety will be covered. 
  • A solid foundation for future inspired foraging and culinary adventures; this guided tour offers a chance to learn from a master forager with decades of experience in the field. 

This 2 hour walking tour is followed by a 30 minute discussion and wild food tasting.

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BOOK A TOUR

Price: $50+ taxes (GST)

Upcoming tour dates:
Sunday, August 14th 2022 – 10 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, August 28th 2022 – 10 am to 12:30 pm

Location: Pineridge RV Park and Farm Market – 2715 Turnbull Rd, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2L7 www.pineridgefarm.ca

FAQ – Foraging tour

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What to expect when you arrive

Our expert foraging guide will quickly go over basic wilderness safety and quickly lead you into the wilds in search of delicious wild foods.  

Please arrive a few minutes in advance as the tour begins promptly at the scheduled time and we can’t wait for participants who are delayed, as it would be unfair for the group.

Parking is available at the farm and the meeting location is directly in front of the store. 

Group size & age required

Children 6 years old and up must be accompanied by an adult. They are considered full participants and therefore required to pay for participation in the tour. Let us know before if you plan on bringing a younger child as the tour might not be suitable for them. 

Group is limited to 15 participants. 

What to bring

Wear weather appropriate clothing and choose suitable footwear for the hike.

Please note that this is an identification trip, not a harvesting tour: you are welcome to collect a few plants to sample them, but leave some for other participants to try.

After the tour, you should feel confident enough to go for a more substantial harvest by yourself. You may wish to bring a camera and notebook to document the adventure!

Sample testing

We are providing a small bite-sized portion of wild food products for you to try and you are welcome to bring you a picnic or packed lunch to enjoy on the farm afterwards.
Let us know if you have any food allergies beforehand so we can accommodate you.

Cancellation

Cancellation for a full refund needs to be done 2 weeks before, no exception. Tickets can be transferred to another guest with our approval.

Please note that there is a minimum of 10 guests to run a tour. We reserve the right to cancel a foraging date should we not have the minimum number of attendees. You will be notified and fully reimbursed.

Private tour

No matter the season we are happy to arrange for a private guided experience tailored to your group’s individual needs. Expect a personal and engaging experience that leaves you inspired and connected to the wild foods of our bioregion.
Contact us for more information or to book your private guided foraging experience.

Your Guide

Benjamin Patarin
Co-Founder | CEO
“I’ve always been an avid forager. When I was two years old, I collected wild blueberries in the French Alps with my mother. Since then, everywhere I’ve been, I can’t help putting my hands on every edible fruit, plant, or mushroom I find.

After completing my master’s degree in agroforestry, I focused on wild edible food and Western Canada’s wild edible mushrooms in particular. Combined with a passion for cooking, I created my dream job with Forest for Dinner. We hope you love eating the delicacies we find in the forest as much as we enjoy picking them!”

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