Forage to Feast - Forest, April 27

Forage to Feast - Forest, April 27


Take a walk in the magical forest, learn to harvest edible mushrooms and enjoy a feast under the pines

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Forage to Feast - Forest
The Mushroom adventure

Join us on an edible adventure in the magical pine forest with renowned forager and environmental educator Diego Bonetto and stylist, designer, foodie and weed convert Marnee Fox.

Building on Diego's much-loved mushroom foraging workshops, the pair are bringing the seasonal treats found on the forest floor to the table.
We will meet at Penrose State Forest at 9:30am, where we will learn the how, what, where and when of harvesting pine mushrooms. We will focus on the two most desirable species which are Saffron Milk Caps and Slippery Jacks and discover local stories of plant resilience woven with cultural trivia, migrant perspectives and native wisdom.

This is a skill for life and once you have learned how to forage you will be able to go back into the forest on your own to harvest mushrooms to share with friends and family. It is a truly empowering experience.

In high spirits and with abundant curiosity we will then make our way to a gorgeously presented mushroomy buffet beneath the trees for a magical forest floor picnic.

Through this experience, you will not only learn how to identify and sustainably harvest wild mushrooms, Marnee will teach you how to use seasonal wild treats in delicious recipes and re-create them to  wow your guests at your next dinner party.


Included in this exciting 4 hour edible adventure you will:

  • Learn to positively identify the two most desirable pine mushrooms as well some ‘edible weeds’ and other wild food treats.

  • How to preserve the seasonal abundance.

  • How they have been used for food by various cultures and related folklore.

  • Hear the fun and fascinating old stories of foraging, collected from all over the world (and share some of your own).

  • Receive a pamphlet explaining the days activities.

  • Enjoy a yummy wild food feast showcasing pine mushrooms and utilising other wild ingredients.  

  • Learn how you can recreate these recipes and throw a wild food picnic or dinner party for yourself.

  • Receive an Ebook containing all the recipes you tasted on the day plus many more with added notes emailed straight to your inbox.

This is a leave-no-trace event fostering respect and appreciation for what nature offers us.



Saturday 27 April 2019 9:30am-1:30pm 


Southern Highlands, about 2 hours drive south of Sydney.

Exact meeting point will be revealed to the ticket holders just prior to the event.

Please be aware that we will be driving on unsealed roads at times.

The forest tracks are all suitable for city cars but not ideal for low-riding sport cars.


Tickets: $140 per person


“Diego, I absolutely loved Sunday's Mushroom Trip :)

I was an avid wild-crafter back in my homeland, Michigan and have deeply missed that sense of connection since moving to Australia a few months ago.  Thank-you so much for introducing that simple magic into a new immigrant's life."

Felecia, 2012

"We really enjoyed our visit to the Penrose and the Belanglo forests and learning about which mushrooms we could pick. I especially appreciated your generosity with your knowledge, and that you acknowledged the communal and cultural roots of the practice.

We shared most of the mushrooms we picked with work colleagues; and we kept a little for ourselves and made them into a delicious ragout."

Robyn, 2014

“Thanks for the learning experience last Sunday. It was really fun and Emmet and I learnt a lot and got to take home and cook loads of yummy mushrooms that night. We will pass on your details to like minded folk who appreciate the gifts that nature bestows upon us.”

Andre, 2017

“Dear Diego,

Thank you sooo much for this wonderful day in the forest. I have felt catapulted back in time to lovely childhood memories with my parents mushrooming. My son loves all things nature which I am happy about. He still doesn't eat the mushrooms but I am sure he will appreciate it one day.

See you soon and definitely will spread the word!!!!”

Hanka, 2017

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Note: The menu is vegetarian and contains some dairy, gluten and nuts (not peanuts). We require a minimum 1 weeks notice for gluten free or vegan guests and any food allergies must be communicated and discussed by this time also. We do not cater for complex dietary needs.

Cancellation policy: This is an all-weather event and we will cancel only in the case of heavy rain or strong wind, in which case we would cancel the event with at least two days notice and issue a full reimbursement.
No Refund Policy: Due to the nature of the event we will not issue any refunds for unused tickets sold. Please make sure you are available to attend before you finalise your booking. If by any unforeseen circumstances you can no longer participate you can pass the booking onto someone else and let them know I will welcome them as much as I would welcome you.

Paying respect

We acknowledge the original custodians of the land were this workshop will take place, the Gundungurra people, and pay our respect to elders past, present and future. May your wisdom thrive and guide us.