North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend
- 41st Annual North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend -
Reidsville, North Carolina
April 22 - 24, 2016


This summary page is hosted by Wild Food Adventures ™
Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Foragables
John N. Kallas, Ph.D., Director, Portland, Oregon

North American Wild Food Events

The North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend
On a spring weekend (Typically the 4th full weekend of April), 120 people from all over Eastern North America will take into the woods and fields of North Carolina to learn about edible wild plants, meet other foragers, & celebrate spring. After an introduction to some of the plants to be collected, participants will join small groups led by experienced foragers to collect wild foods. Each year the North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend hosts a featured speaker. The climax of the weekend will be a wild feast composed of collected foods prepared by the participants. The Sunday program will feature uses of wild plants & a variety of outdoor activities. To read a personal account of the Weekend with pictures click here.

The rolling hills and pastures of the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4H Center, four miles from Reidsville, NC, will be the sight of the wild foods weekend.

Accommodations & Meals
Lodging is available in rustic dormitory style cottages around the central meeting area. Bath and shower facilities are available in each cottage. Each person is provided with a twin bed. It is up to you to bring a blanket, sheets, pillow, a bath towel, hand towel, wash cloth, and toiletries. There are facilities for men, women, family, and friends. Camping is not permitted on the center grounds. No pets. Young people who are interested in participating in our program are welcome. Parents are responsible for the supervision and safety of their children during the weekend. Staff at the 4H center prepare all meals except the Saturday evening feast.

The 4H center provides standard meals (served "Southern home cooking" style) with the exception of the Wild Feast on Saturday. All participants share in the processing and preparation of wild foods for that Saturday feast.

There typically is a favorite wild dish contest, a wine tasting event where the participants choose the best wine. Crafts and classes vary. All these events happen in addition to foraging experiences and the Saturday Wild Feast.

You will need comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for outdoor weather.

North Carolina Weekend Links                              

Registration Form

Local Map

Personal Account

Event Information
North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend
Debbie Midkiff: (919) 489-2221
103 E Woodridge Dr, Durham, NC 27707

Location Information
Betsy-Jeff Penn 4H Educational Center
804 Cedar Ln, Reidsville NC 27320
(336) 349-9445
Hours: 8:30am-5pm M-F EST

A Typical Agenda for the Weekend
Check with the sponsors for any last minute changes in activities
To read a personal account of the event, go Here

2015 Theme: The Forgotten Harvest~Sustainable Wild Foods
2015 Wild Ingredient: Japanese Knotweed

 4:00 pm: Registration Begins
 6:00 pm: Dinner Served - Meet and mingle with other wild food enthusiasts
 7:30 pm: Orientation
 8:30 pm: Friday Speaker Followed by Social Hour
Mike Krebill: 30 Common Spring Edibles - How Many Do You Know?
Wild Food Social Hour (Participants who can, bring a wild food to share)
Favorite Wild Dish Contest Judged and Winner Announced
10:00 pm: Night Owl Hike

 7:00 am: Earlybird edible plant walk with Mike & Ava Anders
 7:30 am: Registration Continues
 8:00 am: Breakfast Served
 9:00 am: Participants go on Foraging Field Trips
12:00 pm: Lunch Served
 1:00 pm: Everyone Participates in Cleaning, Processing & Preparation of Collected Wild Foods
 6:30 pm: Wild Feast Begins
 8:00 pm: Saturday Keynote Speaker: Leda Meredith: The Forgotten Harvest - Sustainable Wild Foods
 9:00 pm: Raffle Giveaway
 9:30 pm: Homemade Wine Contest is Judged and Winner Announced
 9:45 pm: Bonfire Social, Typically Story Telling

 7:00 am: Inspirational Art Chalk Talk with Carol Simmons
 8:00 am: Breakfast Served
 9:00 am: Sunday Speaker: Diane Willett: Medicinal Herbs class
After Talk: Booths, Demonstrations and Crafts
12:00 pm: Lunch Served
 1:00 pm: Guests begin departing
 1:00 pm: Program Committee Meets to plan Next Year's Event

*2015 Weekend Meal/Lodging Package Choices

Registration Package

Earlybird Fee

After April 1



Activities and Meals

Full with Lodging



Full 3 Days

Fri & Sat Night

Fri Dinner - Sun Lunch

Full without Lodging



Full 3 Days

No Lodging

Fri Dinner - Sun Lunch

Saturday Full Day




No Lodging

All Activities begining at 9am till close of day

Saturday Wild Feast Only




No Lodging

Evening Feast & Speaker





No Lodging

Evening Meal & Speaker

Dates for 2016: April 22-24

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