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kewicesGreen fingered foodies rejoice; Kew Gardens is to host a course of foraging dinners, as part of their IncrEdibles festival, which runs from 25th May- 3rd November 2013.

The IncrEdibles festival was devised by Kew in order to showcase and celebrate the 30,000 plus edible species that their famed gardens grow. As well as selling weirdly wild ice cream flavours such as Honeyberry and Coriander Seed and Curry leaf and White Chocolate throughout locations across the site, the IncrEdibles festival will also host a number of gastronomic foraging feasts at the end of every month.

Foraging is experiencing a sort of cultural moment in the foodie world as of late. Forget high-end fast food and Peruvian cuisine, its wild roses and wood sorrel that are enticing us gastronomes this year. The foraging dinner will take guests on a gastronomic journey through the gardens of Kew as they tuck into a uniquely foraged three-course feast. Expect culinary feats for the eyes and mouth including grilled Kentish asparagus, wood sorrel flower petals and wild rose milk jelly, with white and dark chocolate crumbs and candied pistachios. The dinners will also include an in-depth talk by expert forager Yun Hider.

Peyton and Byrne, the restaurant group and event company behind the foraging dinners tell us, ‘What a joy to be able to showcase the delicious and relatively unknown, edible plants grown in Kew Gardens and create dishes with them. Our foraging dinners have been designed to display the weird and wonderful, whilst educating diners in the process.’

Whilst visiting Kew Gardens and the IncrEdibles festival, be sure to check out master food installation artists, Bompas and Parr’s transformation of the Kew pond into a fruit salad, complete with floating pineapple island.

The Foraging Dinners cost £45 per person and take place on the last Thursday of every month: 30th May, 27th June, 25th July, 29th Aug, 26th Sept, 31st Oct. To book,visit the Peyton and Byrne website.

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