Delheim Estate – usually known for its wines – is offering guests the chance to forage for mushrooms in its private forest. The annual Wild Mushroom Hunts on take place at the Simonsberg estate on 16 and 17 June, as well as 1 and 2 July.
The group will be given instructions on how to forage safely and avoid deadly varieties of fungi. Delheim’s Nora Sperling-Thiel and field expert Gary Goldman will then lead them through the woods on the “silent hunt”.
“It is empowering to have knowledge about one’s environment, particularly what can be used and eaten in the natural environment,” says Goldman who’s known as the Mushroom Fundi. “At the end of the day, we hope to inspire other foragers to learn more and become comfortable in picking their own mushrooms.”
After foraging for fungi and exploring the the picturesque forest, the group can look forward to a three-course lunch at the estate’s restaurant, with mushrooms being the star feature of the dishes.
There are 40 spots available per day at R650 each. The price includes a bottle of Delheim wine and two glasses to take home; a lecture on mushroom identification over a coffee and rusks; the forest forage and a lunch paired with a glass of Delheim wine.
Remember, there’s no guarantee that you’ll find tons of mushrooms on the day, but the hunt is carefully planned during the peak season for mushroom foraging. So e-mail Delheim to book your ticket and be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring along a warm jacket.