The Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells is engaging the services of fungi expert Daniel Butler to run a foraging safari in a region that is a mecca for mushrooms of all kinds.
Fungi foragers can look forward to a special treat, as chanterelles, porcini, wood hedgehogs, giant puffballs and parasols are just some of the prized fungi that grow in profusion in the area.
“Porcini, for example, sell for a great deal of money in London delicatessens, but most of the harvest goes to waste, as the vast majority of people are uncertain about which types of fungi to pick and therefore leave them well alone,” explains Justin Baird-Murray, managing director of The Metropole.
“With such a fabulous wild harvest on our doorstep, it makes sense to make the most of this natural bonanza. Daniel is a self-confessed fungi fanatic and his knowledge is extensive, so participants will have a fun day out and learn a great deal in the process - as well as having the opportunity to eat a some delicious fungi-based dishes.”
The day starts off with a three-hour foray, followed by a three-course lunch at a beautifully converted traditional Welsh longhouse. The two savoury courses will be mushroom-based.
Daniel will provide tips on cooking fungi and drying them for future use. Participants can take their haul home with them.
Fungi foray packages range from £309 to £479 and the next ones take place on August 7 and 14. Call 01597 823 700 www.metropole.co.uk for further information and booking.