Forest foraging doesn't pop up on many job descriptions, but for the people behind the pass at Biota Dining, it's an almost-weekly task. Many fine dining establishments run with the narrative of using locally sourced native ingredients but few do it as authentically as Biota. Based in the Southern Highlands, the restaurant has built a reputation for supporting and simultaneously relying on the regions' natural resources (and the people that grown them) to fuel an ever-evolving menu. And while the on-site Kitchen Garden contributes, the chefs also regularly venture further afield for ingredients and inspiration. Now, they're inviting you along.
Throughout the year, Biota Dining will be holding a series of adventure experiences. You'll get to spend the day with the chefs in the wild getting your hands dirty. Following a coffee and snack at the restaurant at 9am, you will head into the Highlands. After a few hours of hunting for edible shrubs, flowers and berries, the chefs will transform the native finds into a campfire feast. With a full tummy and newfound appreciation for the flavours of nature, you will arrive back at Biota at 2.30pm, giving you the afternoon to enjoy the charms of Bowral. A spot will set you back $185, but it includes lunch and the whole adventure — the first one will be held on Friday, April 20.