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Event Summary

Join foraging expert Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen of Merriwether's Foraging Texas has he roams the land of Vista Brewing, revealing the hidden foods and medicines growing here.

Spend time outside on Vista’s 21 acres rediscovering what your ancestors knew, that there’s food everywhere, not just on store shelves and farmer’s markets. This adventure will use all of your senses and involves experiencing these useful plants in their normal, wild settings so that you’ll be able to properly identify (and eat!) them on your own later on.  Merriwether will also detail the numerous ways he incorporates the plants into his family’s day-to-day diet and medicine chest. Come and release your inner caveman, foodie, survivalist, or hippie!

We're offering two unique classes on Saturday, Aug. 31:

Vista Brewing
13551 Ranch to Market Road 150
Driftwood, TX 78619

Event Details

11 AM - 3 PM: Medicinal Plant Workshop 

In the medicinal workshop the students will learn how to use wild ingredients to heal ailments.  Students will make and take home: 

All ingredients, jars, tins, etc, plus a copy of Merriwether's Hill Country Medicinal Plants booklet will be supplied for each student.  Please bring a notebook and dress appropriately for working with open flames (no dangly sleeves or jewelry, etc)

$100 per person, 12 spots available


4 - 5:30 PM: Plant Walkabout

Walk Vista's 21 acres and discover the wild plants of summer!  Merriwether will detail culinary and medicinal plants found in our part of the Hill Country.  Please dress appropriately for the weather, including long pants and sturdy walking shoes.

$25 per person, 20 spots available


Come early or stay late for a few beers (or wine/cider) and a meal from Vista’s hyper-local restaurant. 


Policies: These are rain or shine events. If unsafe weather such as ice storms or heavy rains interfere with the class, a 75% refund will be given if Merriwether makes it to Vista Brewing. A 100% refund will be given if the weather prevents Merriwether from reaching the location.