Wild and Feral Food Week 2017

Increasing access to and consumption of wild foods through culinary exploration and distribution.

Wild and Feral Food Week 2017
Flowering mallow pulled from "between the rows" at the Peralta Community Garden.

Flowering mallow pulled from "between the rows" at the Peralta Community Garden.

Now in its third year, Wild and Feral Food Week (WFFW) seeks to highlight the gastronomic potential of wild foods that otherwise might go un-eaten in order to reduce food and water waste, promote biodiversity, create a supply chain and market for wild and feral foods, and increase farm revenue. See my post, Wanting the Unwanted: Why Eat Weeds for more information on the benefits of wild and feral ingredients.

Throughout WFFW, which this year falls April 16-22 (coinciding with Earth Week), participating restaurants and cafes feature wild and feral ingredients on their menus, either foraged or harvested "between the rows" from farms. The event is organized by Berkeley Open Source Food, an organization of which I am Co-Investigator that seeks to promote wild foods through research, education, and distribution. We are delighted that participation this year spans beyond California and even the U.S. with events in Northern and Southern California (including my Hygge Porridge pop-up that kicks of WFFW on 4/16), Portland, New York, Philadelphia, and Scotland. We also have an exciting variety of participating suppliers, from commercial to community gardens and foragers. 

We hope that we'll see you out there enjoying and appreciating wild and feral foods at an event in your area - if there is not en event in your area, next year we'll hope to make it happen!

A delicious crudo dish with nasturtium and mustard flower from Chez Panisse for Wild and Feral Food Week 2016. Chez Panisse has participated in WFFW every year since its inception.

A delicious crudo dish with nasturtium and mustard flower from Chez Panisse for Wild and Feral Food Week 2016. Chez Panisse has participated in WFFW every year since its inception.

An unusual and delicious dish from Mission Heirloom's WFFW 2016 dinner, another participating restaurant who has been around from the start.

An unusual and delicious dish from Mission Heirloom's WFFW 2016 dinner, another participating restaurant who has been around from the start.

The gorgeous array of wild-inspired ingredients from The Perennial for WFFW 2016. 

The gorgeous array of wild-inspired ingredients from The Perennial for WFFW 2016. 

Sweetgreen's "In the Weeds" salad for WFFW 2016.

Sweetgreen's "In the Weeds" salad for WFFW 2016.

Samples from brown's cafe for WFFW 2016 on the UC Berkeley campus - the perfect place to educate about wild and feral foods.

Samples from brown's cafe for WFFW 2016 on the UC Berkeley campus - the perfect place to educate about wild and feral foods.

Edible weed tour at Peralta Community Garden for WFFW 2016.

Edible weed tour at Peralta Community Garden for WFFW 2016.

Description: 
https://forage.berkeley.edu/wild-feral-food-week-2017/

Schedule and map of events: 
https://forage.berkeley.edu/wild-feral-food-week-2017/restaurants/
(This will continue be updated for the next week or so.)

Growers and suppliers:
https://forage.berkeley.edu/wild-feral-food-week-2017/farms/