Posted by: Talie Morrison | March 16, 2009

Hokitika Wild Food Festival

What a Hoot!   

 

(Warning this might not be appropriate for anyone who is a vegetarian or a bit squeamish about their food!)  

Ok – so  what is the Hokitika Wild Food Festival”?  Hokitika is a small beach town on the West Coast, New Zealand – South of Westport –  with a population of about 3500 (just a little bit bigger than Crested Butte).    20 years ago a couple of guys set up a couple of booths and cooked up some “interesting stuff from the bush” – and since then it has grown into quite a festival!   I had heard about it over the years, and have been to Hokitika, but I hadn’t been able to actually be here for the Festival.   So this year, I made sure I could work out the timing!   And, of course, after all this time, I HAD to eat the offerings:

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Smoked Eel – That’s a pretty normal dish for down here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That’s the Huhu bug I ate – it was a bit yucky – squishy and crunchy –  I think I will pass on that one next time!

 

 

 

 

 

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Crickets on bread – I only really tasted the bread plus a little “crunch” – surely I’m getting lots of protein!

 

 

 

 

 

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Had to have some Pig’s Brain – was just like “pate”  – yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And then Lamb’s Tails (from the “Offal Pit”)  – not much meat on a lamb’s tail. 

 

 

 

 

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(Rocky) Mountain Oysters – not too bad once they are cooked – but I wouldn’t want to eat it raw!

 

 

The Wild Stag Heart was delicious – served with a bit of slaw.  I also ate some Punga (a fern tree) heart – pretty bland – even with a honey sauce.

 

 

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The worm sushi was ok – They wouldn’t give me any soy sauce – they said it would spoil the taste of the worm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The wallabie was really good – a little tough and chewy…

 

And the Whitebait sandwich was delicious!

 

 

Of course, since it is a “festival” there were lots of other activities going on.   There was a street fair with lots of arts and crafts and activities, lots of people dressed up in costumes – these guys are just as creative as Crested Butte and/or McMurdo costumes!  

 

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img_2928      Jugglers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Even an “old folks” band  – I was loving their music!

 

 

 

 

 

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And their was an air show too!

 

 

 

I went to the beach that night – and there were bonfires on the beach as far as you could see in both directions!    But, around town, it had degenerated into a lot of young people who had definitely had too much to drink – So I was back in my van by 9:30 pm.    But I am SO glad I got a chance to be here for this weekend.   What fun!   

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Responses

  1. hi tallie
    oh what fun!

    your adventures are amazing! thank you so much for sharing them!

    xoxoxo
    melissa

  2. oh my gosh! Great pics Talie! definitely booth fare – couldn’t see you ordering pig brains off a menu! even at a wild food festival!

    Love you 🙂
    Mel


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