Mushrooms Take Us

Mushroom picking nature-walk


Saturday, 16 September 2023


Mushroom picking nature-walk under the guidance of mycologist Veiko Kastanje. Pädaste’s horticulturist, who takes care of the daily foraging for Alexander Restaurant, will also join us. The nature-walk will end with a special surprise. In the middle of mushrooms and nature our chef will prepare a delicious bite from the mushrooms you picked during the walk. A real treat for any forager.



Let`s see how many species we can find. Prepare to be amazed by how many different mushrooms grow in our forests, some which we may never notice during our everyday walks. Veiko has a story to tell about every mushroom he sees in the forest. We will learn how to find our own mushroom spots, which mushrooms to pick and which ones to leave in the forest, and how to preserve mushrooms for the winter. He also knows stories about “magical mushrooms”, their psychedelic qualities and the health benefits of mushrooms, both from our forests and from distant continents.



Veiko Kastanje has studied mycology and botany at Tartu University; also worked as a guest researcher at Helsinki University, University of Gothenburg and National Botanical Garden of Belgium. Veiko uses every opportunity for travelling, making mushroom trips or organizing mushroom exhibitions. He has also translated several mushroom picking and identification handbooks into Estonian.


Our Chef de Cuisine has created a fabulous 4-course dinner in which foraged mushrooms will play a significant role.


Price per person 170 € inclusive of the mushroom picking nature-walk, a bite in the forest, manor made Schnapps as an aperitif and the dinner

Wines and beverages not included


Mushroom picking starts at 14:00, dinner at 20:00


14:00 gathering and greeting the guests in the manor park, near the main entrance
14:00-14:30 going to the forest
14:30-16:30/17:30 mushroom picking and in the end cooking in the forest
16:30-17:00/17:30-18:00 coming back from the forest
19:45-20:00 exhibition of the picked mushrooms. Veiko will also talk about “magical mushrooms”, their psychedelic qualities, and the health benefits of mushrooms, both from our forests and from distant continents.
20:00 – gathering for the dinner at Alexander Restaurant

For mushroom picking, we will hand out baskets and knives, but for a more comfortable walk in the forest we suggest bringing your rain boots.


*Reserved tickets cannot be canceled or exchanged for other events, unless otherwise stated.


Special offer for the weekend

Book any room type this weekend for 2 nights and 2 seats for the Mushroom weekend to receive a rebate of 20% on your accommodation.*

Reservations are required; limited seats available!

For reservations or inquiries please contact our Guest Relations Manager at or dial +372 45 48 800.

*When booked directly with Pädaste Manor. Rebate not available in combination with any of our special offers.