Forest-to-table dining may be trendy these days, but for many living in Slovenia, it’s been a way of life for centuries. Tucked away at the foot of the Alps, Slovenia is flush with fresh flora—along with countless culinary virtuosos who harvest and prepare these plants in spectacularly savory ways. From a local grandmother known as the ambassador of dried pears to a world-renowned chef—and our guide’s mother-in-law who happens to be an experienced porcini mushroom forager—these epicurean experts will be our guiding lights as we munch our way through the forests, foothills, and pastures of Slovenia. Under their guidance, we’ll season our own schnapps, take a crash course in beekeeping, and craft a charismatic cheese—all the while learning the intricacies of collecting fresh herbs, plants, and fungi from a top-tier forager. Bring an open mind, a curious palette, and a healthy appetite for adventure, and you’re sure to experience the best homegrown (and forest-grown) flavors of this stunning alpine country.
The total cost of this trip is $2,865. For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $145. Please contact us to request a single room.
Our trip begins in the afternoon of Day 1, when we will take a walking tour of Kamnik and then enjoy a welcome dinner together. We suggest that you arrive at Ljubljana-Brnik airport, Slovenia’s main airport (and just a 15 minute drive from Kamnik, where we will be based throughout this trip) in the morning so you have time to settle into our accommodations and meet your group and guide by 3 p.m. Our trip concludes on the morning of Day 6. If leaving directly after our trip, we recommend departing anytime on Day 6. If you’d like to extend your trip, we’d be more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We will be doing many walks in the woods on mostly flat but sometimes uneven terrain, and there are at least two short hikes of around 30 minutes uphill.
On one day of this trip, you’ll be in close proximity to bees alongside experienced beekeepers. If you have a severe allergy to bee venom, please reach out to us to see if this trip is right for you.
When foraging for wild foods (particularly mushrooms), various factors have to align to find exactly what you're looking for. It's important to keep in mind that we'll be at nature's whim, and even with the guidance of seasoned experts, there's a chance we won't find what we're looking for. No matter the outcome, it will be a fantastic opportunity to learn—and, without doubt, great fun.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you. The nature of this trip is focused on foraging and eating local, which means that a certain amount of “going with the flow” and eating what’s foraged and available is necessary. Vegetarian and vegan options can readily be accommodated, but exploratory eaters will likely get the most out of a trip of this kind.
Visa requirements for Slovenia vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to Slovenia and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.