• Creel fishing in Stromness, Orkney - image by Colin Keldie

Foraging Fortnight comes to Orkney

A brand-new festival will be heading for Orkney this autumn.

Foraging Fortnight is taking place across five different regions of Scotland in September, and the local element will be included as part of the annual Orkney International Science Festival.

It’s hoped the new event will give people the chance to explore Scotland’s natural places and increase their knowledge of wild food and medicinal plants. Foraging Fortnight has been designed to get people of all ages involved, and to encourage them to safely and responsibly take part in a whole range of different foraging activities.

In Orkney, the programme includes foraging walks, food workshops and a look at the health and nutrition benefits of seaweed.

Foraging for seaweed in Orkney

The festival will welcome Eva Gunnare from Swedish Lapland who will be giving talks and tastings on summer foraging for Arctic herbs and Zeki Basan from the Cairngorms, who will be hosting a series of workshops from tanning fish skins to bush craft outings.

Other events on offer include a wildlife walk to Hoy, fireside storytelling and plenty of interesting talks.

Foraging Fortnight aims to leave a legacy of increased public awareness and expertise of sustainable foraging along with a greater understanding of the health and wellbeing benefits of foraging in natural environments. The festival will also return in Orkney in September 2020 in Orkney.

Foraging Fortnight runs between 31st August and 15th September. You can view the full programme and find out about ticket information on the official Foraging Fortnight website. The Orkney International Science Festival programme is also out now, with events planned between the 5th and 11th of September.

The Digital Orkney project has been part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-2020

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