LlyG member blog: Foraged delicacies at the heart of Arcadia Wood’s Wild Garlic Festival day

Posted on June 6, 2013 by

Wood fired pizza oven

Wood fired pizza oven Photo AM

This month’s members blog comes from Arcadia Wood, who recently curated a unique celebration of woodland and wild food at part of the Wild Garlic Festival 2013. Andrew Michie reports….

Our day was the second day of the Wild Garlic Festival, the first of which was hosted by our neighbours Llwyn Ffranc farm in April. Spring did finally arrive and was abundant by Sunday 14th May. Woodland flowers were all competing in a late upsurge after a burst of warm, dry weather. The vibrant wildlife in Arcadia Wood was joined by a diverse crowd of over eighty people who enjoyed a sociable and active day.

Food was at the heart of the gathering around the boat house on the lake, where tea and cakes were served and a demonstration was given by Claire on the use of herbs for natural cosmetics.

Boathouse as a tea room

Boathouse tea room Photo AM


Foraged delicacies were prepared by Franco and Ann Taruschio in the outdoor cooking area, with pizzas cooked in Arcadia’s wood-fired oven by local restauranteur, Iginio Spuntarelli of ‘Pizzorante’.

Visitors were guided around Arcadia by bright flags and woodchip paths to venues for restful experience or woodland activity. Under an ancient yew tree visitors were bathed in vibrations from huge gongs played by Chrys Blanchard. Others sat around a fire in the colourful frame of a yurt. Charcoal was being made by Abergavenny Community Woodland group near where it was being used to forge tools by Gwynn Dix of ‘Tools For Self Reliance’. Spoon carving demonstrations were given by Stuart Fernie in the coppice area.

Lively conversation carried on into late afternoon in the boat house with people appreciating the warmth of the wood burner and views down the lake.

As stewards of Arcadia Wood and organisers of the event, we felt it to have been a success in bringing together a host of celebrants in shared experience and appreciation. We thank the volunteers that made this day possible and hope the event encouraged connectedness, with seeds for new relationships and projects. And we know that everyone had fun!

Follow the links to find out more about Arcadia Woods and Abergavenny Community Woodland group.






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