Feast with a Forager
with Bill O’Dea

Bill O'Dea

Easter Monday, April 1st at Ballyteige Lodge

Join us for an exclusive lunch experience with the renowned Irish mycophagist, Bill O'Dea, at the historic Ballyteige Lodge. This unique event, set on Easter Monday, April 1st, offers a rare opportunity to dive deep into the world of foraging, with a particular focus on mushrooms, under the guidance of Bill O'Dea. Known for his passionate mushroom hunting and deep knowledge of wild foods acquired over the last 25 years, Bill has become a respected figure in the culinary world, appearing on TV, radio, and in numerous press articles.

Easter Monday 1st April

Discover the Art of Foraging

Bill's enthusiasm for foraging extends beyond mushrooms; he is eager to share his insights into the fascinating, amusing, and sometimes horrific aspects of fungi and their crucial role in our planet's ecosystems and natural kingdoms. This lunch is more than a meal; it's an invitation to engage with like-minded individuals, share stories, and explore the intricate connections between our food and nature.

Event Schedule

11:00 AM: Arrival at Ballyteige Lodge.
The day begins with a warm meet and greet with Bill O'Dea, accompanied by coffee and tea, setting the stage for an immersive experience.

Following the Welcome
A captivating talk on the historical significance of Ballyteige Lodge by Sean Mcardle, leading into a guided tour of its gardens and grounds. Discover the estate's hidden gems, including the waterfall and the designated temperate rainforest area, enriching your understanding of the natural beauty and biodiversity.

12:45 PM:
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco, a precursor to the sumptuous lunch awaiting you.

1:00 PM:
Lunch is served in the elegant dining room of Ballyteige Lodge.
Our menu for the day is carefully curated to highlight local and foraged ingredients:

Mushroom Tart, a delicate blend of wild mushrooms encased in a flaky pastry.

Main Course:
Rack of Irish Lamb with vegetables, showcasing the best of local produce.

Homegrown Rhubarb and Marmalade Meringue Roulade, a sweet conclusion to the feast.

Liqueur, Coffee, and Tea to complement your meal.

Bring Your Own Wine
In the spirit of conviviality and personal taste, guests are encouraged to bring their own wine, with no corkage charge. This is an invitation to pair your favorite wines with the exquisite flavors of the lunch menu, making the dining experience truly your own.

Booking and Costs
Price: €75 per person, an all-inclusive price covering the day's activities, lunch, and refreshments.
Book your place online. Limited to 12 guests