2016 Wild Food Summit Registration Deadline Extended


The 10th Wild Food Summit (WFS) runs Thursday, June 16th thru Sunday the 19th at the White Earth Reservation Little Elbow  Lake Tribal Campground. This year, we are running it as an ‘Open Space event.’ with topics led by those attending.

Since the Wild Food Summit is a different format for this year, all registrations for WFS will be brought through a committee and accepted based on each applicant’s input as to their contributions and knowledge they would like to learn and share with their local communities.

The Registration Deadline has been extended to Thursday, March 10, 2016.  All Applicants will be notified via email on their registration proposals after that date. Approved proposals will be given a link to complete registration payment.

Registration fee: $100.00 Per Adult (Youth 17 & Younger-Free) Free registration to White Earth area residents.

For more info call Tammy at 218-935-0417 Ext 213

To submit you application click on the link below. You will be taken to another site and will need to create a login account. Then you will be able to answer the required questions and submit your application.


2013 Wild Food Summit Recipes

DSC08111 Thanks to all who attended the 8th Annual Wild Food Summit!  Also, kudos to all who pitched in to help in the kitchen, to camp and make this a really wonderful Summit. Presenters were outstanding! Cooks rocked it – pit cooking et al.! The Dutch ovens saw some serious food from Strada to Sourdough Bread. Special thanks to our wonderful volunteer coordinator too.

As you know if you ever have attended a Summit, as we get wild harvested food, the cooks often make dishes up as they go.  We just don’t always have recipes for everything created.  However, we bet with these ingredients you can make up your own recipe or adapt one from an online version.  Please explore these dishes and feel free to make up recipes and let us know how it goes. This is not in order of food served, but includes some recipes and ingredients:


Wild Rice Hot Cereal with Dried Blueberries

Condiments to serve with Hot Cereal: Wild Plum Juice, Birch Syrup, Maple syrup, Chokecherry Syrup, Dehydrated Wild Berries


  • Wild Rice Hotdish (Gluten-free and Vegan): Morel Mushrooms, Nettles, Wild Garlic, Wild Leek, Onions, Wild Rice, Fingerling Potatoes, and Parsley some burdockDSC07904
  • Wild Leek Strata: Bread, Salt Nettles, Wild Leek Bulbs, Swiss Cheese, Milk and  Garlic
  • Coleslaw: Cabbage, Carrots served with Birch syrup dressing
  • Birch Syrup Dressing: Birch Syrup, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt, Pepper and Honey.
  • Cream of Burdock Soup: coconut milk, potatoes, nettle, Burdock, onions, salt and pepper

Gluten-free & vegan Cornbread Recipe (For 25 servings in a 9×13 pan)

Preheat oven to 350, or preheat a cast iron dutch oven in coals of campfire.

At the Wild Food Summit, I put this much in one 12 inch dutch oven, but it would have cooked better if it had been put in two dutch ovens and been a thinner layer for cooking through without burning on the bottom.

4 cups cornmeal DSC07943
2 cups sorghum flour
6 Tbls ground flax seed
1 tsp salt
2 Tbls baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp powdered cayenne pepper
3/4 Cup honey
1/2 Cup oil (olive, canola, sunflower, whatever you have)
2  1/2 Cups warm water (or more)
Berries and/or nuts

Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl, stirring thoroughly. Combine warm water, honey and oil in medium bowl. Stir well to dissolve honey. Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just enough to moisten everything. Batter should be the consistency of a shake, not runny, but not too stiff to pour. If batter is too thick, add a bit of water.

Add whatever berries or nuts you feel inspired to. (Berries can be added to the liquid ingredients before stirring into the dry.) The WFS cornbread had black nightshade berries and black walnuts (though perhaps not enough of the latter to notice.)Pour into greased pan, and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick or knife comes out clean when poked into the center.


  • Venison Lo Mein: Venison (served in separate bowl), Black Bean Sauce, Olive Oil, Onion, Tomatoes, Green and Red Peppers, Wild Mushrooms; Morrels and Chicken of the Woods, Lo Mein, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Egg Noodle, Chicken of the Woods, Oyster Mushrooms, Asparagus, Bean Spouts and Napa Cabbage
  •  Pit Cooked Dinner (wrapped in burdock leaf) free range chicken, root vegetable DSC08231and Yukon potatoes served with a wild garlic mustard dip.

Dandelion Pancakes with Sesame Leek Vinaigrette

¼ C dandelion flour
1 C flour or gluten free flour
1 T honey
2 T baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup water
2 T oil

Sesame Vinaigrette Dressing

Olive Oil
Cider Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
Pickled Wild Ramp Juice
Sesame Oil
Wild Garlic
Wild Leek/Wild Ramp
Salt and Pepper to taste.

  • Wild Rice Salad #1; Wild Rice, Greens: Lamb Quarters, Wild Ramp, Sautéed in Sesame Oil with Wild Garlic. Optional: Add garden greens like spinach, kale or even asparagus
  • Wild Rice Salad #2; Wild Rice, Free Range Turkey or Chicken, Lamb Quarters, Pickled Daikon, Pickled Carrot, Wild Garlic, Water Mint,Asparagus, Shallots, Wood Sorrel, Sesame Oil. Add Plum Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Plum Vinaigrette Dressing: Olive Oil, Cider Vinegar, Mustard, Plum juice


  • Rhubarb Parfait: with macaroon granola, rhubarb persimmon compote, vanilla birch syurp custard and wild blueberries
  • Raisin Strata with maple syrup






8th Annual Wild Food Summit Schedule


Thursday Night, June 20, 2013
Potluck Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Please bring your favorite dish with wild edibles if
possible and a card sharing the ingredients used.

Friday, June 21, 2013
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – 1st Session
10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – 2nd Session
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. – 3rd Session
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Open Session
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Dinner Prep.
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Dinner

Saturday, June 23, 2013
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – 1st Session
10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – 2nd Session
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. – 3rd Session
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Open Session
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Dinner Prep.
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – Talent Show
This is but one great fun events within the WFS! We have
jokesters, poets, singers, acrobats and kids who love to
just give it their all. Please join in and bring your talent no
matter at what level.

Sunday, June 20, 2013
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. – Feedback Session
9:30 a.m.-(until complete) – Camp Breakdown

(Download the full schedule here) 8th Annual WFS schedule

A peek at what is happening at 2013 WFS!

First, we will say it again but registrations are filling fast and remember you can always call Tammy (218-935 0417 Ext 213) or Becca (218-935-0417 ext 314). The Registration form is posted under the registration tab at top!

Here are a few of the presentations offered at this year’s WFS shindig 2013. Friday and Saturday are the main days of hands-on learning with Thursday being a camp set- up day and a dinner where everyone brings a dish to share for our evening potluck. Think wild food! Our finalized schedule is still in the works but usually is emailed as well as mailed out to registered participants in April.

Instuctor Mike Krebill is doing an intro to foraging called Beginners Luck and for those who have been foraging for years there is Try Something New. He will also lead a session in Filleting Fish (aka Unzip the Fish) and also by popular demand a session in Wild Trail Bites. Laura Reeves will share her experience making Kombucha in all its wild and a full look at Burdock uses, harvesting, preparing and cooking advice. This year, Sam
, foragersharvest.com, will be presenting on Making Hazelnut Milk and also on Wetland Edibles.

Check out presentation descriptions or go to the tab on presenters history to read the bios.

Beginner’s Luck with Mike Krebill
New to foraging? You’re in luck! The best way to learn what plants can be eaten is to see them up close and personal, to have them pointed out where they grow by a knowledgeable person. That’s the focus of this session. Besides discovering where to find specific plants, you’ll become aware of their distinguishing characteristics so that you can be absolutely sure you are collecting the right plant. Timing the harvest and knowing how to prepare the food for eating are must-knows, as well. We will look at references and resources for learning more about this fascinating hobby.

Try Something New with Mike Krebill
Have you been foraging for years? Let’s kick it up a notch! This is a sharing session where we learn from each other as well as from our instructor. One of the attractions in foraging is to boldly go where we have never gone before, to experience untasted plants, to experiment with new recipes, and come up with novel harvesting and preparation techniques. Do you have something out of the ordinary that you could bring to tantalize us? Would you like us to provide feedback on a recipe you’ve created? A benefit of the Wild Food Summit is that we have an opportunity to learn from others what works well for them, so this is a prime time to ask questions as well as provide insights. Demonstrations of equipment and processing methods are invited. In the past decade, many resources have sprung up for those of us who can connect to the Internet: websites, YouTube videos, blogs, Facebook groups, and apps for tablets and smartphones. Your instructor will provide an annotated list of what he judges to be worth looking at. Let’s pool our collective savvy and plan on sharing it with one another.

Wild Food Trail Bites with Mike Krebill
Back by popular demand! Last year, the children washed their hands and mixed up a batch of these delightful no-cook energy nuggets for us. To a base of peanut butter, dry milk powder, and wildflower honey, five to seven wild ingredients were added, including black walnuts that adults cracked and shelled out. The recipe took first place in the wild food contest at the National Wild Foods Association meeting in West Virginia in 2011. Participants will get a copy of the recipe plus wild food trail bites to share with family & friends. Contributions of dried wild fruit are invited.

Cleaning and Filleting Fish with Mike Krebill
Get guided practice in cleaning fish and in producing boneless fillets while we clean fish for dinner. Bring your own fillet knife, scaler, and cutting board if you have them. If you don’t, the instructor will provide a variety of ones to use. By trying several, you can learn which ones you like best. Already an accomplished fish cleaner and filleter? Please consider attending to help instruct and clean. If a sizable Walleye or Northern Pike is caught, Mike will demonstrate how to “unzip” the fish, leaving a boneless fillet.

The Wild Kombucha Experiment with Laura Reeves
For the past year, Laura has been conducting wild kombucha experiments. Find out what works and what doesn’t as she shares her results.

Burdock with Laura Reeves
Getting to know the hundreds of edible and otherwise useful plants around us can be a daunting task. So why not get to know a few plants really well? The common burdock is not only an abundant food source, it has a host of other uses, as well. Join Laura to find out why burdock is revered by both wild food aficionados and wilderness survival enthusiasts.

Making Hazlenut Milk with Sam Thayer
Hazelnuts are on of the most ubiquitous wild foods of the North Woods.
Learn tips on identifying, harvesting, husking, cracking, shelling,
storing, and how to make hazel milk–a most delicious and filling wild

Wetland edibles with Sam Thayer
Waterways have been crucial foraging grounds to Native peoples all
across the world. We’ll take a paddle around Little Elbow Lake and
learn about the identification, natural history, and food uses of
several species of wetland edible found there, including wild rice,
Wapato, Cattail, Sweet Flag, and Yellow Pond Lily.

Save the Date!

The 2013 WFS is June 20-23th (Thurs.-Sun.) at Little Elbow Lake Campground.